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."