Does the first Amendment affect your livelihood?

Essay by ounsreynaHigh School, 11th grade April 2004

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Does the first Amendment affect your livelihood? Hmmm...I'm not sure...Is water wet? Is the grass green? Do skittles come in different colors? Do we even really need to ask? Of course it does....The first Amendment is important for a lot of reasons, one being that it allows us to show our individuality and uniqueness. If we weren't allowed to express ourselves, be it in writing dancing, comedy, and many other ways, then our individuality and uniqueness would never be seen. We might as well be mindless drones. We all need rights to live our lives the way we want.

We could just go through life following whatever everyone else tells us to do, conform to what is the white-dominated government, or we can take a stand to protest our rights with the freedom of peaceably to assemble.

This is what the African Americans did only a couple of decades ago, and if they hadn't then the world we live in now would be completely different.

I (being Asian) wouldn't be going to the same school as my friend (which is white). They would separate us and discriminate again me; because I would be considered "colored". Now that's different I can be friends with whom ever I want, all because of the first Amendment. Without it if something bad was going on around you, you wouldn't be able to do anything about it.

Another reason why the first Amendment is important is because of the freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech we wouldn't be able to express out feelings. And also I wouldn't be here writing about it by now. Some might think that's a good thing, but think of the alternative...if there was no first amendment I would be the person I am today, I would of...