Friday, October 27, 2017

DIVERSE SOURCES
Quotes collected by: Allie Spaulding
Source 1: Gilbert Martinez
Identifying information: 48, media law professor, Hispanic male



Question 1: How do you feel about the National Anthem protest? 
"As a media law professor that teaches First Amendment issues and I also teach an honors class about free speech and free press, I think that the National Anthem protest is an exercise of first amendment rights."  

Question 2: Do you agree that it should be a law that everyone should have to stand for the National Anthem?  Why?
"It can't be a law.  The Supreme Court has said specifically that people can not be compelled to salute the flag or respect the flag.  That would be unconstitutional."  

Question 3: What do you think about Donald Trump's response?
"He's president of the United States, so he has a platform that he uses.  He's expressed himself.  He's been very clear.  Sometimes I'm not sure if he has a full understanding of free speech rights in this country."  

Question 4: How do you think social media affected this issue? 
"It depends on your perspective.  It shows how divided we are.  On the other hand, you could say social media exposes wrongdoings, it exposes terrible ideas.  It allows for the continuation of conversation.  As a free speech advocate, I want more speech, not less."  
DIVERSE SOURCES
Quotes collected by: Allie Spaulding
Source 2: Ross Compton
Identifying information: 83, chemistry professor, white male



Question 1: How do you feel about the National Anthem protest? 
"I think it's blown out of proportion."

Question 2: Do you agree that it should be a law that everyone should have to stand for the National Anthem?  Why?
"I think they should have a choice, but I would stand.  No I don't think it should be a law.  I can't imagine having everyone stand when the anthem plays." 

Question 3: What do you think about Donald Trump's response?
"Let's just say it's negative."

Question 4: How do you think social media affected this issue? 
 "Indireectly.  If we didn't have it being talked about it wouldn't be as big."

Diverse Sources Interview Quotes

Why do you think people should stand during the national anthem?
"I don't think people should be required to stand if they don't wan to. I do think that the people who are standing, they feel strongly about us as a country but I feel like they fail to see why the people are actually kneeling. I don't want to say that they're wrong for standing for the flag but I guess I would agree more with why people are kneeling."

What does the national anthem mean to you?
"to me the national anthem means that.. to be quite honest I feel like this country was built for a certain people and the national anthem protects that certain people so I don't feel like the national anthem necessarily applies to everybody and to protect. so to be quite honest the national anthem don't mean that much to me."


Tell me what you think about the football players kneeling during the national anthem?
"its our constitutional right to speak freely and to feel freely. it's our constitutional right to protest the government. We have the right to express ourselves and as long as the protests are happening nonviolently then they shouldn't be a problem. I feel like the protests are more to call more attention to the injustice that's going on with the minorities in this country and it's less about the veterans and the people fighting for this country but what actually happens within the country that people outside don't know about so I feel like they're using their platform to call attention to something and I feel like thats powerful. "

What do you think the goal is for the kneeling football players?
"I feel like the goal is to... I don't feel like everybody's voice is equally heard, especially when you don't have a platform. if you're poor, people probably won't listen to you as much but however if you're getting all the attention that the football players are getting, if you're able to be on television that means that you have more outreach than other people, you have more resources so you can reach more people with the statement that you make so I think that they're using their platform, they're using what they can to call attention to something that's overlooked or something that people don't want to talk about. Thats what I feel like they're doing and rightfully so."

Share your thoughts on Trumps petition to it being mandatory to stand during the national anthem.
"I feel like Trump doesn't have respect for the Constitution at all. For the simple fact that is in the very first amendment so it's at the beginning. It says that you have freedom of speech, you have freedom of press. Like we're give all of these freedoms so why can we not exercise them? I don't feel like he has the right to tell people how they should feel. Especially in regards to him, I feel that he is afraid of criticism so he tries to shut down how other people, tries to numb their voices so that he doesnt feel as bad as he really is. I don't feel like he has the right to do that at all."

- Shania Egland



Why do you think people should stand during the national anthem?
"Respect. Just a sign of respect."

What does the national anthem mean to you?
"Oh thats a hard one there. I think it's just a symbol of the country and what it's been through."

Tell me about what you think about football players kneeling during the national anthem.
"Haha controversial topic there. I think it's ok that their platform is there but at the same time I think they're there to do their job. Like you're there to play a football game, not to make statement. It's kind of like showing up to your workplace and protesting. Like you're there to work, work and then do. Thats my thoughts on that."

What do you think the goal is for the kneeling football players?
"I think they're just trying to ultimately make a statement about, you know, whatever it is, I don't keep up too much with all that. I think they just want their voices heard."

Share your thoughts on Donald Trumps petition to it being mandatory to stand during the national anthem.
"I did not know about that. That's kind of a trick situation there. I don't think it should be a mandatory petition but I think it's respectful in the same way. Like you wouldn't disrespect a veteran or anything but I don't think he can just throw that out there like 'you have to stand up' so I mean that's a fien line right there. I think that should be worded differently. It's kind of like your teacher coming and saying, you HAVE to be here, when you really don't. You should be here so I think he could go about that differently."

- Matt Pevoto
DIVERSE SOURCES
Quotes collected by: Allie Spaulding
Source 1: Kylee Quillin
Identifying information: 21, senior, sports and exercise science major, Hispanic female

Question 1: How do you feel about the National Anthem protest? 
"I think it's ridiculous.  They're making it about race, but it's about the people who fight for us.  So they're making it about themselves.  They should stand."

Question 2: Do you agree that it should be a law that everyone should have to stand for the National Anthem?  Why?
"Yeah, I think they should make it a law.  If you live in America, you should be proud."

Question 3: What do you think about Donald Trump's response?
"He took it too far.  He could've handled it better."

Question 4: How do you think social media affected this issue? 
"Social media always plays a big part in exposure.  It made it way bigger than it is." 
Diverse Sources:
Chris Harris | crh187@txstate.edu



Name: Destine McKellop
Classification: Junior
Race/Ethnicity: Anglo
Gender: Female
Generation: 18-25
Geography: Bastrop, TX

1: What is your opinion on the National Anthem protest?
Honestly I don’t really have an opinion. I think it’s kind of dumb but, honestly, I just think its dumb. Depending on what they’re actually representing.

2: What does the protest represent?
There are so many different stories. I [laughing] Don’t know what to say. They say it’s against soldiers, I don’t know. There are a bunch of different stories and I don’t know what to believe.

3: Are you for or against the protest? Why?
No, I believe they should stand. We’ve stood since day one for the national anthem, why should it change now? It's disrespectful.

4: Did you hear about the person who sang the national anthem at a basketball game then kneeled after the last note? How does that make you feel?

I did not hear about that. What basketball game? I don’t know how I feel about that. I mean, she stood during it so that shows she cared, but then again, I guess it depends on how she saw it when she took a knee.
Diverse Sources
Chris Harris | crh187@txstate.edu

 

Name: Ashita K Patel
Classification: Junior
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Gender: Female
Generation: 18-25
Geography: Austin, TX

1: What is your opinion on the National Anthem protest?
“I agree to disagree, because at first I could see why it happened and I was like, okay this guy is standing out and he’s part of the team. So, if one person steps down it looks like everyone is stepping down. But, how it’s being made by the president and everything it’s becoming more and more political rather than him just protesting for, what he was protesting for. Like the meaning of why he took a knee, why Colin Copernic took a knee is completely lost now.

2: What does the protest represent?
 At first it was for the Black Lives Matter and now I think it’s just to piss off the president.

3: Are you for or against the protest? Why?
I’m not completely against it. But, I don’t support them because everyone is still part of the country, they are still a part of that nation. By doing that, they aren’t being a part of that nation. We don’t look like we’re a strong nation."

4: Did you hear about the person who sang the national anthem at a basketball game then kneeled after the last note? How does that make you feel?

"I did not. I think that’s a really powerful statement though. She stood while she sang the national anthem. Did she stand? Yeah, if she stood she respected it but she also said, like, hey I’m showing my respect. But, at the end of the day, I don’t agree with what’s going on.

Diverse Sources

Nayir Freeman
Uses they/them pronouns

How familiar are you with the National anthem protests?

“I’m very familiar. I’ve actually been sitting for the pledge of allegiance since my second semester of high school”

What do you think about Donald’s Trump’s tweets in response to the protest?

I think a lot of them are really unprofessional just speaking as the president of the united states- I don’t find them appropriate as we are supposed to be a nation of free speech and open communication and everything so that’s within your rights to do”

What are your thoughts about how Colin Kaepernick started this protest and what has happened with the NFL?

“My dad is a veteran, my grandad was a Vietnam veteran and then I was raised by vets on a military base so I think Kaepernick Is doing it correctly but the protest has been corrupted as “OH this is anti-Trump” but no this protest began in the Obama administration, this is about people dying in the streets”

How do you think this protest ties into the first amendment?

I think if you have platform that big, you’re on an international and national stage taking that stance is really brave and powerful especially because he literally lost his job because of it.

Gaby Vergara
Hispanic female
Age: 19
 

What do you think about Donald Trump’s tweets in response to the protest?

I think they are unnecessary.

What are your thoughts about how Colin Kaepernick started this protest and what has happened with the NFL?

I feel like he started it because he really wanted to convey a message and he was black balled by not only the NFL but the entire country and it’s really unfair now especially now that everyone else is starting to do it. He deserves a voice and I think he wasn’t given one.

How do you think this protest ties into the first amendment?


We are allowed to say what we want, when we want no matter what. I know people are just like oh it’s a profession and you shouldn’t tie your political views into it but it’s more than that, they’re using their platform to speak out and actually say something