Yeah, I understand why they want to protest and make themselves heard, but they are doing it in an incredibly disrespectful way. I’m sure there are plenty of other ways they could think of to get their message across, but what they’re doing is just really unnecessary. By kneeling during the national anthem, the players are being very rude to all of the brave men and women who have risked their lives and died fighting for and defending America. If it wasn’t for these people, the NFL wouldn’t exist and those players wouldn’t have jobs, and especially wouldn’t be making the millions of dollars that they do. I don’t think the NFL was trying to be offensive towards the military, but they were and it’s not okay.
The current debate over kneeling or sitting in protest during the National anthem ignited by Colin Kaepernick in 2016 has escalated to become a nationally divisive issue. Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers refuse to stand during “the Star Spangled Banner” Aug. 2016, to protest against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. These athletics that chose not to stand for the national anthem because there was a message they wanted to send. Needless to say, an individual has a right to believe as they so choose. Kaepernick along with many others feel that not standing for the national anthem is a peaceful way to protest and release their feelings.
A number of Americans have recently suggested that the protest of football player, Colin Kaepernick was extremely wrong. At first glance, it does seem a little rude, and even offensive to people, but his reasoning behind doing it was strong. He refuses to stand up and represent a country and flag that still oppress people of color. America is regressing with equality and control over citizens, that’s not always the citizens fault, if people are treated poorly or a group is being attacked, people are going to react accordingly; and he has the power to speak out and stand up for the people that cannot. Yes, there are other ways that he could have protested and voiced his opinion, but either way, no matter how he did it, people would have gotten
Not showing respect to US flag may mean disrespecting US Army. Therefore, lots of people in America state that Colin Kaepernick, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, shouldn’t make his protest in that manner. In contrast, Colin Kaepernick should have protested in his manner for the following reasons. To begin with, the action made by Colin Kaepernick was a really effective way to attract attention. After the game that he first started his protesting, lots of reporters dash to Kaepernick and tried to interview him even though there was no interview.
PROP Professional sports leagues should penalize players, coaches, and staff who use their platform to protest or promote political issues. One of the most recent political protests on the playing field was by Colin Kaepernick. Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem. He said "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” To him that may just be a way to say we need change in our country because I feel that I am treated differently because of my skin color. But that 's not how everyone interpreted it.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people” (Gregory et. al.). With this point, it provides the idea of the reasoning behind the protest of not standing for the flag. For the majority of the protestors, they are protesting African American rights of American citizens. For NFL player, Colin Kaepernick, this is a major issue.
Symbolic interactionist perspective in the article is the “flag” it symbolizes patriotic for the country and the “national anthem” shows how we fought for our freedom. Kaepernick believes that the flag does not represent that for his people. Kaepernick states the reason why he is so willing to sit is because of all the police brutality throughout the Caucasian, Hispanic, and African American community. Kaepernick said “I am not going to stand up and show pride for a country that oppresses black people, and people of color. To me this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.
Henry David brings up the point that there are people who are opposed to certain issues in the world and sit with their hands in their pockets too afraid to do anything, and claiming out in the open that they have no idea what to do. They wait, he claims, “for others to remedy the evil, that they may no longer have it to regret”. If one desires change, they must join in the fight to cause that change. Voting against a candidate, protesting against an unjust law, civically fighting against an unjust law, are all examples of exercising one’s civic duty. If one looks back to see how much change civil disobedience has caused, one would notice the massive differences between then and now.
Professional athletes around the nation are using their status to protest against racial inequality. People say that athletes should be allowed to protest the way they are for events taking place today. Professional athletes should not be able to use their status to protest the events happening in the world. Professional athletes sometimes take the protesting way to far. For example, protesting during a country's national anthem is not directed just at the people it is directed at that country.
According to Martin Luther King 's opinion over the Vietnam War it hurt both the poor and Vietnamese. As he has said “I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam”. The war claims to fight for the freedom of the Vietnamese but the government can’t even secure freedom for it’s poor and african american homes. Also the methods going about freeing Vietnam with violence won 't work as “...Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems”. Shown by the Kent State Shootings you can’t even protest Vietnam without being met with force.