Published on October 10, 2014
The First Amendment: An FCC ‘Redskins’ Ban Would Kill the First Amendment Over the past three months, the FCC is considering banning reporters and news stations from referring to the Washington football team as the ‘Redskins’, as they find it an offensive word to Native Americans. This is dangerous territory, if they begin to ban “offensive” words. “With nearly 320 million Americans in this country — all with different backgrounds and sensitivities — you can find tens of thousands of words that offend somebody” said host Adriana Cohen,“If so, then Democrats who have called Republicans “arsonists, terrorists, jihadists, murderers, hostage-takers, squealing political pigs and saboteurs” should be banned from speaking on the Senate floor”. If this ban was to be put into effect, it would be a direct violation of the first amendment, as it doesn’t allow the freedom for people and the press to express their opinions. In the B ill of Rights, it states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” As the FCC is still considering what to do on the topic, no final verdict has been made on weather this will go into effect. If it does end up going into effect, it will be a direct violation of the first amendment and unconstitutional.