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Letter: A simple protest

Laura Russell re NFL protests

Published on October 6, 2017 12:01AM


I don’t get it. Some people can’t comprehend the simplest of ideas. I’m talking about the NFL protest. The flag itself is a piece of cloth, an abstract thing, with no meaning in and of itself. It’s importance comes from what it represents, the meaning behind it.

Most people would say it represents the freedom we enjoy in America, but as soon as people express that freedom in a peaceful, nonviolent way, a lot of people get their panties in a twist, instead of thinking that’s why I’m glad I live in America, instead of another place where people get thrown in jail or killed for controversial ideas.

You don’t have to agree with the protest itself, but you should support their right to do it. Now some people might say, why don’t they do it someplace else, on their own time. In any protest, the whole idea is to get your message across to the largest audience possible. What better way than at a football game?

They are not stopping the game from being played. The national anthem will happen whether there’s a protest or not. Now if they refused to play a game they were paid to play, that would be a whole other story. I would understand why people would be upset.

The First Amendment was not written to support widely accepted ideas. Widely accepted ideas need no protection.

Laura Russell

Astoria



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