If you clicked the links to my prior brief posts about MSM coverage of the Tea Party in Lorain County held while Obama’s town hall was in progress, you may have noticed something odd. A portion of the campus at Lorain County Community College was designated as the “free speech area,” where protesters were welcome to rally.
Just a handful of protestors gathered at the designated “Free Speech” area on the outskirts of campus near a parking area.
Most preferred being near the Abbe Road commercial area, where they spoke to shoppers and proudly showed off signs such as “Thank You Mass” and “No Recovery Here.”
Protesters shrugging off the “free speech area” and lingering along heavily traveled Abbe Road . . hmm . . . what do you think about that? Probably a smart move that increased the Tea Party’s visibility.
Of course, in the United States of America that I’m accustomed to, the whole nation is a “free speech area.”
[UPDATE 1/23/2010] This poster reads, “Speech can segregate you from everyone,” and, apparently, the President and his entourage wanted to segregate themselves from the speech of the Tea Party, hence the “free speech area.”
Chris Ritchey, a former student of Lorain County Community College, is the creator of this poster. It is with great pride that I reprint it here with the permission of his mother, Loraine Ritchey. Chris was taken from our midst by the H1N1 virus on December 3, 2009, while he was trying to recover from Hodgkins Lymphoma. A loving tribute to his legacy may be found on Loraine’s blog.
Loraine shared this piece of information about Chris with me:
“Yes, he did leave a legacy of wit and standing up for freedom . . . actually, I will be exploring that aspect of him as time goes on.”
Personally, I look forward to reading about it. Thanks so much for sharing.