Free speech works both ways

September 18, 2018

Free Speech For Me, But Not For Thee:  Nike is glorifying Colin Kaepernick as a martyr for free speech for “bravely” kneeling during the National Anthem and wearing socks depicting the police as pigs.  We’re all supposed to admire his great “sacrifice” for his principles.  But when one lone, peaceful, pro-police protester named Jimmie Cavin sat in the parking lot of a Nike store in West Little Rock – not being obnoxious or accosting anyone, just waving a “Blue Lives Matter” flag – the store manager called the cops on him.  

It would be hypocritical enough for a brand that claims to be defending free speech to try to silence a critic’s free speech, but ladling on layers of irony like the toppings at a frozen yogurt bar, the store manager actually tried to squelch a protest of someone who attacks cops by calling the cops.  Or as Cavin put it, “Nike called the police on the guy supporting the police for supporting the police.”

Luckily, the police quickly realized that Cavin was doing nothing wrong – just exercising his First Amendment rights! – and left him alone.  

Incidentally, just to be clear and consistent: Cavin was doing this on his own time.  If he had walked into his workplace and started waving a flag in customers’ faces when he was supposed to be doing his job, his boss would have been perfectly justified in telling him to put it away and get to work or he’d be fired.  

See how free speech works?  Obviously, Nike and Colin Kaepernick don’t. 

Nike’s new slogan should be “Just blew it!” 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/irony-nike-calls-police-protester/

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  • Robert Deplorable Baublitz

    09/19/2018 01:20 PM

    To extrapolate on your new nike slogan;
    Start taking orders for ‘T’ shirts, hats, sweatshirts, jackets etc. for sale to the public, and give 100% of profits to the conservative candidates you (we) need elected to uphold our Founders intent of the Constitution.

  • Antonette A Ussery

    09/18/2018 12:49 PM

    I am tired of seeing Kapernick's face everywhere in the news and on facebook. He is protesting a government that allowed him the freedom to play professional football, and his record wasn't good enough for teams to want to hire him. And why doesn't anybody mention that his biological mom is white and that his adoptive parents are white?