Colin Kaepernick and the First Amendment

It has always been a protected right of Americans to Free Speech. Unfortunately, when said Free Speech offends conservatives in power, excuses are made as a way to silence the demonstration.

Colin Kaepernick has been told in many ways that the way he's protesting is 'wrong'. That it's 'offensive', both to a flag and now towards the US Troops who have put their lives on the line to defend America.

The problem with this concern-trolling is this: Republicans and Conservatives like to point to Martin Luther King, Jr. as a reference point on how to politely protest.

They seem to forget that the marches he did closed highways, and that the silent, peaceful protests he championed annoyed those in power to the point that the FBI had a file on him in order to discredit his civil rights movement and he faced the scorn of an entire generation.

Donald Trump forgets that as President, he cannot unilaterally punish a private citizen for a silent, peaceful protest. Congressman Pete Sessions is trying to gaslight the situation by claiming that Kaepernick's kneeling is "sad to see people put politics above respecting those who fought for our flag."

The American flag is disrespected every time someone wears it like a beach towel. The American flag is disrespected when thrown in a trash can like it is garbage. The legal, proper way of disposing of the American flag is actually by burning it.

As I run for office, I will respect the First Amendment even when the message is something that I disagree with. I hope that I have your support and your vote this March in the Democratic Primary in order to bring civility back into politics.

-Dani Pellett
 

Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising a fist in silent protest at the 1968 Summer Olympics. We are still fighting for racial equality and people are still being told that they are 'protesting wrong'.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising a fist in silent protest at the 1968 Summer Olympics. We are still fighting for racial equality and people are still being told that they are 'protesting wrong'.