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What is symbolic speech?

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June 20, 2014 5:41PM

Symbolic spech: using a symbol or gesture to convey meaning, especially political meaning.

Symbolic speech is the expression of opinions or positions by means other than the spoken or written word. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech but not only in the spoken and written form. It protects symbolic speech as well. Burning flags and making certain hand gestures are some examples of symbolic speech.