The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has called for CNN to fire Martin. I support their efforts for the same reason I supported efforts to remove Pat Buchanan from MSNBC for his frequent racist ramblings. Bigotry has no place in the mainstream. And marginalized people have a right to rally with their allies against hateful treatment.
Cue the "what about free speech" people.
In arguments over this event (and, it seems, every other event surrounding public figures saying awful things and pay the price), someone cries about "policing" and "free speech" and a whole bunch of other stuff that proves they haven't read the First Amendment, which says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.That's it. No mention of being able to say whatever you want and people can't be angry about it or that there won't be consequences.
So, for those of you who think Roland Martin's freedom of speech is being impeded, I'm just gonna put this old post from the What Tami Said vault right here: