Opinion: Protesting social distancing during a pandemic

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Claire Tierney, Staff Writer

With stay-at-home orders and social distancing becoming the new reality for both the United States and the world as a whole, many American citizens have made use of their First Amendment right to protest.  Across the country, thousands of Americans have participated in rallies and demonstrations in the hopes of bringing light to the message of “Staying home without work or income is hard.”  

Most of the demonstrators are strong supporters of President Trump and hope to garner support and traction for his re-election by way of said protests as many of them have been seen on television waving Confederate flags and wearing assault rifles while participating in these rallies.  In addition, other protestors have been attempting to get the attention of their state governors as many feel that they are out of touch with the daily struggles of the working class, especially amidst the coronavirus pandemic. 

As stay-at-home orders are prolonged and new restrictions are added, many members of the working class have been unable to bring in a steady income or an income at all for that matter.  

The general public has had mixed reactions to these protests. Some deem the protests as selfish and others deem them as crucial and necessary for positive change. 

“The social distancing protests that I have seen on the news have been very shocking because I understand the stay-at-home orders to be safety precautions that are meant to keep the people healthy and virus-free.  I don’t understand why people would try and counteract that,” senior Noosha Steward said.  

But, most people realize that the protests are inevitable and that due to America’s freedom of speech gives way for such debates. 

“I understand that everyone has a right to protest that should not be infringed upon, but during these early months of the coronavirus pandemic, I really do feel that social distancing is of the utmost importance if we all want to go back to normal life soon,” senior Elizabeth Mendoza said.

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