Illinois Man Won’t Face Charges After Burning American Flag on Social Media
From a very young age I was always taught if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say it all. Should you choose to say something that wasn't very nice, that's your right because "freedom of speech." It's our constitutional right to express ourselves in any which way we choose; including burning the American flag.
People are outraged after an Urbana man posted this picture on his Facebook page.
According to Fox 59, Bryton Mellot was arrested after posting the photos but he won't face any charges because of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, which protect flag burning as free speech.
In a series a photos, which have since been deleted after being shared several times on social media, Mellot expressed how he wasn't proud to be an American, saying, "In this moment, being proud of my country is to ignore the atrocities committed against people of color, people living in poverty, people who identify as women, and against my own queer community on the daily."
I'm not sure what burning the American flag on Facebook is going to solve, but another thing I was taught when I was very young was if you don't like it here, you don't have to live here.