Freedom of Speech

Does freedom of speech give people the right to use hate speech? Our freedom is declared to us by the U.S Constitution a body of fundamental principles. The 1st amendment in the Constitution guarantees the right of free expression and action. These rights include freedom of speech: the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint. But there is an extent to where we can use our freedom.

Since Donald Trump was elected President the issue of equality lead to protest in the United States, which has been a major problem. This unrest has caused people to use hateful speech within protest. Anyone is allowed to express themselves about how they might feel towards a certain situation in the U.S. but should also be careful about how they might express their opinion. There are many protests using hateful speech at this time of year but what’s been the big news lately in the U.S. is professional athletes in the National Football League are kneeling during the time of the “National Anthem” before the start of the game. While some this is an example of hateful speech others thinks this is peaceful protest.

The National Anthem is a solemn patriotic song officially adopted by a country as an expression of national identity. Not standing during the time of this song when being played is a sign of disrespect towards the U.S. it is unpatriotic. There are many resources that talk about this occurrence. You can find articles or watch the news channel to read and hear about how people feel towards this. For example, the news I found is about “The NFL is on a politically correct suicide course, alienating fans and wrecking ratings. It can thank former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who last year started the fad of refusing to stand for the pre-game national anthem because he did not want to “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”(Robbins, James). This since Donald Trump was elected last year as president of the United States people tend to feel discouraged towards the U.S and feel that their rights are being taken away from them.

The United states is supposed to be a place for people all around the world to come and live a life of freedom and equality. “Every N.F.L. game today has carried some level of demonstration by players, with some teams going as far as not appearing on the field for the national anthem. But nearly nine hours after the games had begun, President Trump once again took to Twitter to condemn the players who choose not to stand for the anthem, and the league that allows it. It was his 12th sports-related tweet or retweet in a 36-hour period.” (Hoffman Benjamin) The athlete’s hateful speech has been causing problems for Donald Trump “In Sunday morning tweets, Trump renewed his criticism of the protests, slamming the league’s ratings and saying players should be fired or suspended for such protests. On Saturday, he called for NFL owners to fire any “son of a bitch” who “disrespects our flag.”(McLaughlin, Eliott C.) As our president, Donald Trump should’ve been more professional about this issue instead of tweeting about it to cause a scene.

Sometimes when reading about how people use hate speech when protesting you start to think about it and wonder if the people protesting are using the right way to get their point across. The National Football League is a big part of the U.S. almost half of the U.S. watches football on television, so when the professional athletes kneel during the national anthem a large amount of people are watching and feeling some type of way about it. With everyone having different perspectives and point of views on topics, their might be some like, friends and family or students who major in politics who are interested in this topic, who will actually take the time to read about how people are demonstrating their rights in the United States. Having lots of classmates, family and friends, there might be some who don’t know the events like this are occurring in the United States or some who even care to read about people using their rights in a way that is unpatriotic. But people constantly use freedom of speech to express the issue that is going on when nothing has been done to fix it in the United States by using hateful speech because it is your right given to you as a citizen. Concluding this, freedom of speech is an important part of the U.S. and should be taken seriously when being used.(769)

KEN BELSON, BENJAMIN HOFFMAN and VICTOR MATHER. (2017, September 24). N.F.L.: Seahawks and Titans Skip National Anthem After Trump Comments. Retrieved September 27, 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/24/sports/nfl-trump-anthem-protests.html?mcubz=3

McLaughlin, E. C. (2017, September 25). These are the NFL players protesting today amid Trump criticism. Retrieved September 27, 2017, from http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/24/us/nfl-trump-take-knee-protests/index.html

Robbins, J. (2017, September 26). NFL commits suicide by Trump with politically correct protests. Retrieved September 27, 2017, from https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/09/26/fl-stop-self-destructive-grandstanding-and-just-play-football-james-robbins-column/701472001/

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