Southwest High students weigh in on the Constitution and current events

Southwest students talk Constitutional rights

Some Bibb County students took a closer look at the supreme law of the land Tuesday at Southwest High’s Constitution Day.

Our Justin McDuffie was there as they looked at the rights in light of recent national events.

The Constitution is the frame work of our government, the guarantor of our freedom, and now some Southwest High students know a little more about it after the school’s Constitution Day.

“Most people don’t know about our rights so it’ll teach them about what you can do and what you can’t do,” said sophomore Dexter Smith.

Dexter Smith is one of dozens who listened as Macon attorney Virgil Adams described their rights. He used recent examples, like the Black Lives Matter protests, and recent protests by NFL players like Colin Kaepernick

He made national headlines again this past weekend, as he chose not to stand for the national anthem during the Sept. 11.

“I agree with it and I disagree with it. It’s his constitutional right to not have to stand for it, but then I also think out of respect for our country you should stand cause in most countries they don’t have the opportunities we have,” said Smith.

The constitution allows him the freedom to protest and speak.

“He’s not doing anything violent, he’s not being derogatory at all. He's just saying this is an issue, an issue we need to discuss,” said Adams. “I want to bring attention to it and he’s bringing attention to it.”

Students like Nigel Wilmore think Kaepernick isn’t making his point the right way.

“He could have voiced his opinion by possibly the media or even speaking to somebody or a group of people,” said Wilmore.

Headlines or not, Wilmore thinks everyone should honor our nation.

“You still should be proud for your American flag and what not. You should be ready to stand and excited,” said Wilmore.

Constitution Day will be observed nationally on Friday, September 16.


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