The Freedom Of Speech And Expression Essay

2240 Words Dec 1st, 2016 9 Pages
INTRODUCTION
When a controversial issue arises, writers want to express their opinions. These writers use a wide range of techniques to persuade the audience to align with their beliefs. During the recent NFL season, San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel during the national anthem. Many considered this action a civil right, but other viewed this action as a sign of disrespect towards the country. Freedom of speech and expression are a big part of the United States of America. The first amendment suggests, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” (Volokh, 2016, para. 1). Attacking individuals for expressing their beliefs in a peaceful manner is absurd. Moreover, the goal of peaceful protest is to spread awareness towards an issue without causing violence or harm.
BACKGROUND
Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the third preseason game. When the cameras noticed Kaepernick, a massive outburst ensued. Social media, television and newspapers covered this story, sometimes more than the game. Some agreed it’s Kaepernick’s right to kneel, while others believed it’s outrageous and a sign of disrespect towards the country and the individuals protecting it. Colin Kaepernick refused “to stand up to show pride in a flag for a…

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