Alex Jones doesn\u2019t want white supremacy to be talked about during his trial. But in America\u2019s courtroom, we need to talk about it. There\u2019s toxic irony in Jones\u2019 request that the families of Sandy Hook victims killed in the 2012 massacre be silenced about anything. He couldn\u2019t stop trying to spread his claim that loss of these 20 children and six educators was a hoax. He called it \u201cstaged.\u201d He said it was \u201cmanufactured.\u201d He dubbed it \u201ccompletely fake with actors.\u201d Eight Sandy Hook families won a defamation lawsuit against Jones, who spread his beliefs on his \u201cInfo Wars\u201d website. It\u2019s now up to a jury to determine how much Jones would pay in damages. But Jones wants to be treated fairly, so he\u2019d prefer jurors not hear evidence related to \u201cwhite supremacy and right-wing extremism.\u201d \u201c(E)vidence on the topics of white supremacy and right-wing extremism ... is not relevant to the issues that will be before the jury and would also be unfairly prejudicial and inflammatory to (Jones),\u201d claims Norm Pattis, the New Haven attorney who represents Jones. \u201c(E)vidence relating to those topics is irrelevant, would be an attack on (Jones\u2019) character and play to the emotions of the jury and distract from the main issues.\u201d It\u2019s a bold gambit from a lawyer who only recently asked to be relieved from representing Jones. And it happens to dovetail with tweets from Jones\u2019 former wife that she has \u201cinsider info\u201d that might be of interest to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Jones has been trying to distort the dignity of the First Amendment throughout his time in the public arena. That he has lured so many followers is reason enough to talk about the issues he represents. He\u2019s not merely synonymous with \u201choax,\u201d but with the issues he is trying to censor from his own record. Regardless of what the judge decides about discussions in Jones\u2019 case, we can\u2019t ignore the evidence that keeps surfacing in Connecticut communities, let alone the rest of our nation. Messages of hate have shown up on flyers in 15 Connecticut towns of late. Some are from a group that seems to be modeling itself on Adolf Hitler\u2019s National Socialist Party. History has shown us that this is not something to ignore, which is all the more reason to include such topics in appropriate curriculum. To the credit of state officials, Connecticut has a new hate crimes unit to address the issue. The agency launched in April and has already tracked at least 27 incidents. State police spokesperson Sgt. Christine Jeltema deemed flyers dumped in neighborhoods to be \u201cpropaganda.\u201d It\u2019s tempting for any reasonable person to resist responding to such nonsense. But we need to talk about issues such as white supremacy. We can\u2019t blindly tune out hate speech from people such as Alex Jones. Ignoring such matters won\u2019t stop them from growing. Weeds thrive without being watered.