After the violence that took place over the weekend in Charlottesville, racial tensions in our country are higher than ever — a fact that’s proven by the countless protests that are going down across the country.Protesters are tearing down confederate statues and doing their best to erase this part of American history from existence — an impossibility to be sure, but nonetheless they continue to try.
Clearly, liberal organizations like Black Lives Matter do not understand the full scope of free speech, nor the importance of remembering history so its mistakes are not repeated.
BLM is so blinded by hostility they are demanding that Confederate groups, flags, and statues be made illegal.
According to The Daily Caller:
The official Twitter account of Black Lives Matter and the organization’s Chicago branch have announced that all Confederate groups, flags and statues “should be illegal” in the United States.
Government officials should look to Germany’s decision to outlaw “the Nazis, their symbols, salutes” and flags after World War II, the racial activist group says.
The Chicago chapter of Black Lives Matter issued two tweets on Monday afternoon related to Confederate symbolism.The official Black Lives Matter Twitter account then retweeted the Chicago branch’s messages to all 252,000 of its followers.
Some 460 Twitter users have liked the Black Lives Matter tweet that calls for a ban on Confederate groups and symbolism similar to Germany’s ban on Nazi symbolism.Many folks on social media seem to be in support of limiting free speech when it comes to Confederate groups and flags, but these individuals do not understand the magnitude of such a request, and the impact it would have on the ability to freely speak one’s mind and share beliefs.
Limiting the First Amendment rights of individuals from any group opens the door for the government to use that same power and authority on you and your beliefs sometime in the future, and you can almost guarantee that’s precisely what will happen.
You don’t have to agree with someone or their hateful views, in order to respect their right to free speech. You can simply use your own right to expression to share the truth and combat the evil of racist ideologies.
Let’s hope that mindset soon starts to spread, rather than taking steps to limit our already limited rights.