During the 2016 NFL season Colin Kaepernick ignited a firestorm of controversy when he began “taking a knee” during the playing of the National Anthem. President Trump made his disdain for these actions public and a debate raged over the role of protests in American life.

Thomas Estrella and Dale Lanigan explored issues of free speech and public debate. Does the First Amendment allow for unlimited speech? Are some forms of speech so hurtful that they should be regulated? Sparks are sure to fly when these two academics clash from opposite ends of the political spectrum. Thomas Estrella is Associate Professor of Psychology and Dr. Dale Lanigan is Chairperson of the Department of Sociology & Justice Studies at Lourdes University.

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