The New Jersey Legislature has issued formal condemnations, in the form of resolutions, of everything from the Flag of Saint Patrick (because it looked a little like the Confederate Flag, even though it was around hundreds of years before the Confederacy) to the State of North Carolina (because it has a law that keeps trans-men out of girls' toilets). We would like to draw their attention to something tweeted the other day by an NFL player.
As we know, sports stars, particularly football players, are often held as role models by children and young adults. The citizens of New Jersey, led by their Legislature, should make clear their collective position on such violent images aimed at the police officers who are our friends, family, and neighbors.
While we cannot and should not attempt to ban free speech, even free speech that is disturbing, we can and should reply to such speech with speech. A strong unambiguous condemnation will let the publishers of such images know that their efforts have backfired.