Freedom for the Speech We Hate: a Legal Guide to Your Protest Rights
Date Written: 2017-08-24
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21219
A list of Constitutional questions and answers, including laws and guidelines for peaceful protesting, aimed at promoting the effectiveness of the First Amendment.
The First Amendment acts as a steam valve. It allows people to speak their minds, air their grievances and contribute to a larger dialogue that hopefully results in a more just world. When there is no steam valve to release the pressure, frustration builds, anger grows and people become more volatile and desperate to force a conversation.
We should be encouraging people to debate issues and air their views. Instead, by muzzling free speech, we are contributing to a growing underclass of Americans - many of whom have been labeled racists, rednecks and religious bigots - who are being told that they can't take part in American public life unless they "fit in."