THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD
Unfairly blocked by a Facebook member…
A public forum piece-
The following reply is a written editorial response to a FB members post on 9/12/2016.
First of all, let me say that I think it is unfair of you to block the comments of people who you don’t necessarily agree with. I don’t think you are a likeable person or even a nice person, but, Freedom of Speech doesn’t mean that you must like one another or share in the other persons view to answer a public forum piece.
We are both writers whose thoughts and writing styles are at polar opposites… we are not of like minds. So what? But once a story or article is posted for the public to read and there is a tab available to write a comment, then it no longer is the personal property of the author.
By blocking me, you’ve taken away my right to have others react to what I’ve written. A post is like an editorial and The First Amendment gives all Americans the right of speech and reproach that editorial.
This doesn’t deny you every right to say what’s on your mind. But, it doesn’t give you the right to deny me the right to speak my mind either. Because you’ve blocked me from your FaceBook page, this denies those who see your FB posts and blogs to read my opinion.
I could do the same to you, but I have an open mind and I don’t fear an unfavorable review from time-to-time. If you became open minded, you possibly will find the folks who are denied reading my view of your post, to see there is another side to every story.
Heaven forbid, they could even find the courage to speak out against your opinion and join the view of your opponent. Kind of like Democrat versus Republican… Clinton versus Trump. There is a dividing there too, but neither person denies the other from speaking out or writing an opposing outlook.
Perhaps, you have your head buried in the sand if you aren’t subjected to the body slams and rhetoric that these aforementioned politicians throw at each other and the media dishes out. I’m afraid you won’t survive in the world of writing if you just depend on your immediate family and close friends to have your back and write favorable reviews.
In your recent FB post, I think you failed to tell the whole story. I think you didn’t understand the underlying reason for the protest. I think you meant to say, it is your opinion, that they (meaning the football player, or players who are protesting to stand during the National Anthem) are NOT FREE to act like a 2 year old. And you think this behavior needs to stop. All of this protesting arises on the false premise that the black are actively being sought out by the police.
Kaepernick said, “This stand wasn’t for me. This stand wasn’t because I feel like I’m being put down in any kind of way. This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and effect change,”
It is my opinion that this behavior belongs in the hands of the football league and it is up to the Board to enforce whatever policies and procedures arise. The protest is about how some of the NFL players refuse to stand for the National Anthem in protest of racial discrimination.
Kaepernick took a knee to refuse “to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” particularly in the form of police brutality. Kaepernick’s protest is that black people are killed in disproportionate numbers by police officers who are rarely punished, no matter the circumstances.
He has drawn personal and bitter responses accusing him of disrespecting the country, police officers, and military service members. But during the “Salute to the Military” night in San Diego, Kaepernick applauded the armed forces servicemen and servicewomen during the singing of “God Bless America.”
Kaepernick’s true sin is he sold his soul to reach elite status in America. Many Americans would prefer that black elites not be reminded of America’s unfulfilled promise that all are created equal, but rather pretend it has already been realized. The only thing that would satisfy Kaepernick’s critics is apathy.
But by sitting wordlessly on the bench, Kaepernick has refused to be silent. But, you fail to remember that silencing me through FB is not the only way to get some people to read my opinion. What it does do, is to confirm my remark about your inability to accept criticism.
I would agree with the point you are trying to make, but not everyone does. I agree that this behavior does exhibit a lack of respect for our country, flag, our servicemen and Americans in general. Especially of the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.
Yes, our military joined the armed forces as servicemen and women to keep us free. But, you lost me when you wrote (Our servicemen stand up and fight for THEIR right to behave that way.) What way?
I think you need to remember that America, is the Land and the home of the free and the brave.
I’ve written this blog in response to your public post as an American, and not a sports fan…. I would also think as a person who spoke your mind openly and not through a private email, you would give me the common courtesy of adding my opinion to the other people who responded to your literary piece.
Next time, if you don’t want my eyes to fall upon something that you’ve written, then talk to your shrink, your cleric or your husband, but don’t post it on FB where it’s open to the world to read and answer…
Perhaps, my days as a newspaper columnist is rearing its head and I couldn’t hold my tongue any longer.