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P a g e | 1 Sarah Hall Marx Focused Inquiry 10.25.07 Protesters on Campus "I'm all in favor of a free-speech zone. I think it should be the United States of America." -Barney Frank. Protesting has been around for years. We, as Americans, have the right to protest anything we want. According to the first amendment, Americans have the right to assemble peacefully and a right to speak freely. This gives them the power to object to and complain about other’s beliefs, a raise in taxes, not enough work hours, and so on. When a group is unwilling to compromise or abide by certain standards, they speak up and defend themselves; they protest, which has caused quite some fuss. The protesters are too loud, too profane, hand out inappropriate materials, the list goes on. No matter what the situation is, though, we are permitted by law to stand up for what we believe, which very well might involve a protest. These protests should in no way be restricted by law, nor those in charge of the area they are protesting in, particularly a college campus. A major issue with protesting is the right to do it on a college campus. It is argued that college is a place for students to walk without a care to and from class without having to be bothered with such nonsense. Here at Virginia Commonwealth University, students criticize the protesters for infringing on their ability to get to class freely. VCU is a campus of thirty thousand students. With that many people, traffic jams will be a problem. Complaints are made that the
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENGL 111 taught by Professor Marx during the Fall '07 term at VCU.

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