The Freedom Of Speech

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“What you are doing takes a lot of courage… There are already plenty of people fighting fire with fire, and it’s just not helping anyone or anything. So I’m just going to keep listening, with an open mind”; said Nate Boyer in a letter to Colin Kaepernick. In 2016 when Colin Kaepernick sat during the National Anthem to protest police brutality towards African Americans. In response some people were angry but Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret, wrote him a letter. In the letter he states that his initial reaction was one of anger but after looking at Kaepernick’s point of view he respects his opinion and supports his first amendment right. Kaepernick then invites Nate Boyer to join him on the sidelines for a game. Before the game the two come…show more content…
In recent years people have overall become more aggressive with their opinion and more often have a “my opinion has to be correct” attitude. People are often arguing about political and nonpartisan issues alike when they could be having a discussion. Each person who argues tends to be ignorant to what the other has to say. We hold being right over respecting what the other thinks and has to say. Good listening skills tend to elude modern day arguments. The purpose of having a decision is not to win an argument but to get your point across and gain insight. When you’re listening instead of being defensive about your opinion you will learn a lot more. When Boyer writes a letter to Kaepernick he shows that he respectfully hears and is trying to understand Kaepernick’s point of view. He admits that initially he was a bit angry though after taking a moment to reflect on his personal experiences he’s able to empathize with Kaepernick. Boyer is setting a quality example for everyone to take note of.
Kaepernick is protesting the police brutality against African Americans. There have been multiple cases in which a white policemen have shot and killed an African American for little to no reason. He’s peacefully protesting along with those who’re a part of the Black Lives Matter movement. They’re seeking to inflict change with peaceful protests. By kneeling during the national anthem Kaepernick kneels for his fallen comrades. He’s not negatively
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