Freedom of Speech

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Freedom of Speech

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Freedom of Speech:

Freedom of Speech The right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint.

The issue…:

The issue… Colin Kaepernick decided to remain seated during the national anthem at a preseason game -as a way to silently protest against racial oppression in America.

Why did this cause controversy?:

Why did this cause controversy? Many people saw his action as disrespectful to the people who have served the United States and fought for the country’s freedom. Unpatriotic The National Anthem has always been a tradition.

Kaepernick’s explanation:

Kaepernick’s explanation Kaepernick stated, he wanted to be more involved in the rights of black people. " 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 ."

The Land of the Free…..:

The Land of the Free….. The National Anthem, states the “ land of the free ” one of it’s final verses. Are the people of our country really free? U.S . police  have killed at least 194 black people  in 2016, according to a project by The Guardian that tracks police killings in America Based on these recent killings of black people in this nation. It seems a black person cannot walk down the street get stopped for a simple citation or even break up a fight without his life being at risk.

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According to our text, Critical thinking, it points out that the most important element of personal freedom is that it necessarily involves personal responsibility, and one must take responsibility for the outcome of their choices. Kaepernick knew him not standing would cause controversy, but due to his strong beliefs he was willing to take that chance.

Support :

Support Response of 49ers : In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem .“ 49ers Coach Chip Kelly response: "I think, again, he's shedding light on a situation that is heinous and shouldn't happen in this country. 

The Resolution:

The Resolution A discussion was held with: Colin Kaepernick Nate Boyer , the former Army Green Beret and long-snapper Eric Reid- 49ers safety In efforts to be more respectful to those offended by his protest….they agreed to taking a knee during the national anthem.

Conclusion:

Conclusion Overall, I was satisfied with the outcome Kaepernick was not fired. We were still able to honor the people fighting for our country. Kaepernick was still able to make a statement, and use his platform in efforts to make a change.

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