Ending nation’s polarization begins with understanding First Amendment

Source: The Hill
by Jeffrey M McCall

“A key reason for the nation’s polarization can be found in the newly released Knight Foundation study on free expression. It is clear that too many Americans fail to understand the importance of free expression and the functional interdependence required to implement that basic human right. Basically, citizens get to express themselves in exchange for allowing other citizens the same freedom. Further, the Constitution’s First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting the citizens’ broad expression rights. The Knight study shows too many Americans are oblivious to these notions that are essential in a free society. … A disappointing 26 percent of respondents believe ‘government should prohibit a person from sharing political views that are offensive to some.'” (01/11/22)