Civil Liberties Limitations

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A person’s civil rights guarantee, by the government, the right to be free from unequal treatment based on certain protected characteristics (race, gender, disability) in settings such as employment and housing. An example of a civil right is that of U.S citizens who qualify having the right to vote and do so and that might be enforceable by the government intervention. In contrast, civil liberties are limitations on government power designed to` protect our fundamental freedoms. Civil liberties are basic rights and freedoms that are guaranteed either by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, or interpreted by lawmakers or courts through the years. Civil liberties are typically seen as being limitations on government power, intended to protect …show more content…
This conversation has been a frequently talked about topic because of the actions of the NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Keapernick. In refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States. This high profile quarterback has taken matters in to his own hands and used this platform to voice his opinions and open the eyes of the citizens regarding the U.S. government and its unfairness. In a statement issued to NFL Media in an after game interview, Kaepernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” No later than on September 1, 2016, Colin Keapernick took a knee during the pledge of allegiance in a televised NFL game against the Green Bay Packers. This event has caused many exchanges in thoughts and opinions from the media mass, public and many fans. After Thursday 's game, Keapernick spoke up in an interview to the media about his reasons for not taking part in the pledge of allegiance. The reasons Keapernick gave the media for his kneeling was, 1. The oppression of people of colors 2 unfair treatment of these minorities by government officials and 3. He beliefs that, “there is not justice for ALL in the United States”. The stunt has gotten Americans talking about the First Amendment and free speech. There has been both positive and negative commentary regarding the way in which Colin Kaepernick handled the situation. Many have argued and expressed the belief that Keapernick should not be able to use the First Amendment in this manner. The public has been quick to say that

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