A Better Region 8: The 1st Amendment

A Better Region 8: The 1st Amendment

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - So many things to unpack after the Roseanne Barr firing.

One thing is important to talk about: freedom of speech.

For many of her supporters, the cancellation of her ABC sitcom "Roseanne" was an impediment to freedom of speech.

It's important to understand what the First Amendment actually says about free speech.

It states that the government shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.

That means it protects us from facing consequences from the government.  It does not protect us from penalties from our employers, friends, and peers.

That's an issue that's come up a lot recently.

The NFL and its players are having a similar discussion these days too.

People have the right to say or make political statements the way they want. But their customers, viewers, and advertisers have the right to react how they want.

And employers have the right to do what's best for their business.

This is a great country in part because of the First Amendment.

But it's also a great country because the First Amendment comes with its own set of checks and balances.

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