ARE MINSTREL SHOWS PROTECTED BY THE CONSTITUTION?: We find both the original event, the university's response, and the The Volokh Conspiracy riposte here totally bemusing. Do you really need to black up to be the Jackson Five in fancy dress (well, especially if you're the one playing Michael?) And can you really not see that it'll be painfully offensive to some people? But is it really neccesary for university authorities to intervene in an issue of bad taste? Although, finally... Volokh? The first ammendment protects the right to dress in poorly-considered fancy dress? Since when?