freedom of speech Essay

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“ 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” -First Amendment, U.S. Constitution.

     According to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, one of the basic principles our country is based on is the freedom of speech. Because of this, as eras and ages have passed in this still young and growing country, this amendment has had a greater use then stated, as to just insure a citizen of this right; rather it is used and many times directed towards individuals who have suffered great injustices and forms of oppression in the nation and their strive for liberation. However, what speech is such
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Rather then writing a paragraph or two or three, the author(s) state individually each injustice staring with “He has..”. After hearing “He has, He has, He has” the reader is left only to understand the great number of faults in his rule, and the reason for seeking liberation (Declaration 1).
     A second document that perfectly personifies the achieving of equality amongst individuals, is from Malcolm X’s The Ballot or the Bullet. Malcolm X, like many great orators, uses a number of literary techniques in his speech to persuade the audience of his argument. One example of how Malcolm does this, is seen as he states “No, I'm not an American. I'm one of the 22 million black people who are the victims of Americanism. One of the 22 million black people who are the victims of democracy, nothing but disguised hypocrisy.” Immediately following this, again states “ So, I'm not standing here speaking to you as an American, or a patriot, or a flag-saluter, or a flag-waver -- no, not I. I'm speaking as a victim of this American system. And I see America through the eyes of the victim. I don't see any American dream; I see an American nightmare” (Breitman 26). As can be seen, Malcolm uses a more sympathetic approach to gaining support, or specifically speaking, an emotional appeal. By using his personal reference, like the declaration, he become one with the audience in a peer to peer relationship. This intern

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