I support Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest the National Anthem.
Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.
I most strongly disagree with Kaepernick’s message. I believe he is wrong on so many levels. But I support his right to express himself the way he has.
Our free expression of speech is a fundamental right. It doesn’t matter if its spoken, written or expressed in another way. It’s so critical our Founders included speech protections in the very First Amendment. In our Bill of Rights.
Many people are offended by Kaepernick’s behavior. As am I.
But we must remember the Constitution protects speech. More importantly, it protects unpopular speech. No one needs protection for popular expression of thought. But the right to say something that some find offensive is what we need to preserve.
Our Founders crafted speech protections in an age when unpopular speech – such as criticizing the king – could get someone imprisoned. Millions of people around the globe wish they could freely express themselves without landing in shackles.
We have it. And we must preserve it. No matter how offended we may be by the message.