Speech : The Right To Freedom Of Speech?

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The right to freedom of speech, is a cornerstone of what this country was built on. In the original 13 colonies, colonists were prohibited from voicing their opinions against the king in England. Since then, our nation has fought to secure these liberties; however, what exactly is freedom of speech? Our constitution is not completely clear on this, for instance, our first amendment reads that, “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.” This effectively translates to mean that the government cannot conjure up a law to ban free speech, but it still does not address what it even is. It might not sound like an issue now, but the difference in perceptions on what it does mean not only changes the foundation of the country but, it also dictates who can do what and who can say what. In the recent news there have been two types of speech that have plagued the headlines, symbolic and offensive speech. Offensive speech has appeared too frequently in the media today. Marching through the streets in protests that people get offended by like “Black Lives Matter” have called the question of whether this type of action should be allowed or not. Some people draw the line where it is obviously wrong when the protesters starting looting and vandalizing, but some
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