Happy Monday, y’all!
A bitch woke up at dawn…I’m on my second cup of coffee…and I sincerely hope that shit kicks in soon.
This weekend I watched the HBO documentary Shouting Fire: Stories from the edge of Free Speech and it was beyond thought inspiring. As someone who writes an opinionated blog I’ve certainly experienced the backlash of speaking freely, but some of the stories were downright frightening! This doc is a must see regardless of your political inclinations…it goes beyond the usual “free speech is important” spin and delves into the reasons why we must protect the right to free speech, when and how those rights were defined and why even offensive speech needs to be protected.
I thought about that shit for a spell and how it fits into our Independence Day celebration. It amazes me that folks can freak out and race to their local gun store on a rumor about gun control but they can’t be bothered to stand up to those who actively seek to take away their right to speak freely.
Anyhoo, Shouting Fire was a timely reminder about the powerful weapon of speech we each have…
…and why we need to protect the hell out of it.
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