#MASA Day 9: Free Speech, Heads or Tails?

The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights gives all citizens and the press the right to speak freely, without fear of retaliation; this rare international right continues bleeding hatered garbbed in the protective cloth of the First Amendment in the Age of Trumpism.

First Amendment. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

U.C. Berkeley:  Home to the Free Speech Movement that started at Sproul Hall during the 1964-65 academic year.

Conservative Milo Yiannopoulosne, one of the more notable voices that revamped the public #FreeSpeechMovement that took inception at UC Berkeley brought it full circle at the University.  Mr. Yiannopoulos, known as “Milo,” inspired vitriolic rhetoric during his speaking invite to UC Berkeley in the first few weeks of Trump’s Presidency.

February 1, 2017:   Violent protests breakout ahead of a scheduled speech by then-Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos.  Thousands gather.

I witnessed the protests and counter protests during Milo’s speech in the wake of Charlottesville. The passion and preception-negotiation left me with a taste of split-personalities or nuanced-retorhic in a kinder outlook, in regarding the #FreeSpeechMovement.

September 24, 2017:  Milo Yiannopoulos flops in a brief speech to a right-wing crowd of hundreds.  A few dozen counter-protesters also show.  The voices are getting bolder as tensions continue escalating.


The Forth Estate:  The public press.  **In the U.S. it’s refers to the press’ duty to contextualize politics stemming from the three branches of government–executive, judicial, and legislative.**.

Did You Know?

It might be news to you that the term fourth estate has been around for centuries. In Europe, going back to medieval times, the people who participated in the political life of a country were generally divided into three classes or estates. In England they were the three groups with representation in Parliament, namely, the nobility, the clergy, and the common people. Some other group, like the mob or the public press, that had an unofficial but often great influence on public affairs, was called the fourth estate. In the 19th century, fourth estate came to refer exclusively to the press, and now it’s applied to all branches of the news media. –Merriam-Webster

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