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Last week, there was a digression in which I was challenged about the protests taking place in the National Football League, and I wrote:

It always kind of bothers me more when folks who normally embrace the notion of freedom of speech have a problem when folks with whom they disagree actually practice it.

MNB user Pat Albani wrote:

I think he has every right to make his statement, just as I have every right to not like it.  I also have the right to not support something I don’t believe in, like his protest.  While I don’t agree with him I understand his right to do this.   So do I bother you?

Absolutely not.

My issue is with the people who say they have no right to protest.  I’m a child of the late sixties and early seventies.  I believe in protest.

Another MNB user wrote:

Nobody said they had a problem with people practicing free speech. We just have a problem with their position. Taking the position that the U.S. suppresses people is taking the position that the people of the U.S. suppress people. Since these people make up a large portion of NFL viewers, it makes them customers of the NFL and many of us find offense in being accused of racism, so we exercise our freedoms to spend our time and money elsewhere.

As is your right.

I can't help but think, though, that what you say may seem a lot less persuasive to someone who sees himself or herself, and people who may share their skin color, as the supressees.
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