Freedom of Speech, Press and Protest in the Age of Hate
Our country is diverse. Now we need to strive to be inclusive. No group is better than another; no religion is better than another. We are actually more alike than dissimilar. It is unjust when certain groups of people receive preferential treatment and social standing over others, even if this is not intentional but systemic nonetheless. (And there are certainly instances when preferential treatment is intentional.) While our varying backgrounds inform the way in which we interact with the world – and affect the way other people treat us – as Americans we are united in our pursuit of happiness and our desire to be treated fairly and equally. We have a long way to go to achieve this, but there are avenues in which we can make our voices heard.
Protest, yes – it is your right. Assemble in groups, write and express grievances – it is your right. March and rally with those who share your views – it is your right. Respect those who peacefully dissent by “Taking a Knee” at a football game even as you stand next to them. But no one should use force to state their case or make their point. If they do, the same force will be used against them and nothing but chaos will result.
I will never support any misanthropic group that lies and uses force and fear to destroy our democracy.