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Let’s get something straight real quick: racism is terrible and should not be tolerated. I don’t know what it’s like to be discriminated against because of the color of my skin. On the other hand, the First Amendment of our Constitution states that we have the right to free speech. That free speech gives the Mizzou protestors the right to do their protesting. Totally fine for them to do that. It’s their right. On the flip side, media and anyone who opposes their viewpoints are also allowed to say their view on it and report on the protests.
Melissa Click lost sight of the First Amendment when she called for some muscle in the now infamous video of the #ConcernedStudent1950 protests. Mark Schierbecker was trying to video the protests when he was met with unnecessary force by Click and her posse. At one point during the video, Click grabbed at his camera before calling for some muscle to get him removed from inside a human circle. Now, Mark has filed an assault claim with the police claiming that Melissa verbally and physically assaulted him.
From USA Today:
The University of Missouri student who filmed assistant professor Melissa Click call for “muscle” to eject him from a protest site on campus says he has filed a complaint with police alleging simple assault.
Mark Schierbecker said that he filed the complaint with campus police late Wednesday and was waiting to hear if they would press charges against Click, an assistant professor in the university’s Department of Communication. A police department spokesman, Major Brian Weimar, confirmed the complaint had been filed.
Good for him. Click deserves everything that she has coming to her. She had no reason to tell the media they weren’t allowed to film, nor did she have the right to assault the man trying to film. If you want your message to be heard, then you have to allow for a counter-message to also be heard. If you want zero media involvement while you protest, do it behind closed doors or accept the fact that the First Amendment exists.
Practice what you preach or suffer the consequences..
[via USA Today]
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