Right to Assemble a Most Important Right
To the Editor:
Has our country gone insane? Have we become Russia or North Korea? On a more local level, what is wrong with the legislators at our state capital? They have just passed a bill that would grant immunity to drivers whose vehicles strike and injure protesters in public streets! What are they thinking? This is a tactic promoted by Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. The right to assemble is one of our most important rights, but not, apparently, if we are assembling to protest the killing of unarmed people of color by the police. Instead of dealing with the actual problem, the killing of unarmed people of color by the police, our legislature decided to punish those who object to the problem. And this type of bill is being passed by Republican legislatures all over the country (81 bills in 34 states). This is too reminiscent of the oppression practiced by Kim Jung Un and Putin, which is basically–if you don’t like what I do, I’ll kill you. It is our civic duty to stand up to actions or laws that are wrong and demand that they be redressed, but now we can be killed by a driver who disagrees with us, and that’s okay. This is supposed to be the land that defends and celebrates freedom, but these laws take away one of our most sacred freedoms. This is not the America in which I believe, and I am ashamed.
(signed) Cynthia Berkland