Symbolic Speech Essay

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So often we hear in the news about protest ending in violence. There have been too many people harmed by individuals who take matters into their own hands to solve their own grievances. We have witnessed death as a result of the use of weapons, physical force and even the action of driving a vehicle into a crowd of innocent bystanders. The United States Constitution stipulate in the first amendment, “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.” (United States Constitution, 1789) The use of symbolic speech as a form of expression involving unspoken actions to convey ideas is protected by the first amendment of the U.S. It is a vehicle for peacefully assembly that could significantly reduce acts of violence. Therefore, people should be allowed to protest through symbolic speech by using a variety of art forms or none verbal actions on any forum, without resulting in retribution for expressing their ideas as a mean to decrease violent behaviors.

As a graphic art design major I am often faced with the challenge of expressing my thoughts using art as a language. This is not an easy thing to do since art can mean many things to different people. Art is a form of symbolic speech. With the freedom to manipulate my thoughts by
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