Over the course of the past few weeks, multiple NFL players and teams have been kneeling, sitting, or raising their fists during “The Star Spangled Banner”. The players that have been participating in this state that it’s a movement to protest the racial injustice in America. In response to this movement, many people have stated that it is disrespectful towards the American Flag and the troops that are currently fighting and have fought in the past. Also, Donald Trump has stated that it is important for players to stand during the anthem, even going as far to say that those who do not stand should be fired. However, teams, like the Saints, have decided to kneel prior to national anthem and stand during the anthem.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" has made its way into tradition since the 1900's for the National sports to play before a game begins honoring our country and the people who have served it. Therefore when the quarterback of the 49ers, Colin Kaepernick did not stand when the song was played people wondered why and some support him while others were against him. "I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag. I know I am a black man in a white world," wrote Jackie Robinson in his autobiography.
While people believe kneeling during the National Anthem is disrespecting the country 's ideals, I believe kneeling during the National Anthem is not disrespectful. The United States is not living up to its ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all no matter their race. Athletes are bringing awareness by a peaceful protest, which is protected under the first amendment for those who are oppressed. My cousin, a veteran, has also influenced my view on this situation. Seeing my own family member put their life in danger to save millions of others does not add up to someone kneeling on the sideline during the National Anthem.
Unlike the “Unite the Rights” events in Charlottesville, where many people were injured and killed, this was not a violent protest but a peaceful one. This has been a controversial topic and situation for many people who think that it is disrespectful to be kneeling during the national anthem. Although by law they are exercising their First Amendment rights, President Trump believes that they should be fired because it is disrespectful. But these NFL teams are not kneeling because they do not want to stand and respect the flag, they are kneeling because they are protesting against police brutality and racism that is happening in the country at the
Recently, there has been much debate over an athlete's right to stand or kneel during the national anthem. The protesting of the national anthem began back in 1968 when two US Olympic track athletes stood during the national anthem with a raised fist to raise awareness of black power during the times of racism and inequality. In Louis Jacobson’s article about the controversy, he stated, “The recent controversy over the national anthem came back up in 2016 when NFL player Colin Kaepernick sat during the anthem before a game.” This problem has filtered down to the high school level. It is against a citizen’s rights to keep him or her from kneeling. Kneeling symbolizes a method of protesting against social injustices and equality.
I believe Colin Kaepernick is being deviant when kneeling to the flag. In August 2016, was Kaepernick’s first time sitting on the bench during the National Anthem. He stated, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Kaepernick has every right to exercise his right to freedom of speech, and express his views on the challenges the nation is facing as far as racism, violence, and poverty. Colin Kaepernick made around $11.9 million in the year of 2016. This should in no way disqualify him from expressing his opinion and trying to make a change.
During the first three preseason games of the 2016 NFL season, Colin Kaepernick formerly quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers sat through the national anthem in protest of police brutality towards African American individuals. When asked about it, Kaepernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour.” News outlets immediately attacked
Should we sing the National Anthem at Games? By Peyton Levi “Hey you, stand up”! Won’t you take a moment to respect a song that 15,000 Americans died for? This issue that people are not respecting the national anthem is a growing problem in America and it needs to be stopped. We should also honor the way this song was created in a harsh battle with the British to inspire our national anthem.
In the United States of America, its people know their right to speak up if they believe they want to make a point. All over the country, Americans would traditionally stand up as the national anthem played until a professional NFL player decided to kneel before it. Quickly the news spread and made people have different opinions on his actions as if whether it was disrespectful or a proper way to state something. I believe that taking a knee through the "Star Spangled Banner" is acceptable for two reasons; both because talking part of a silent protects in only Kaepernick 's form of exercising his constitutional right to say and because it draws awareness about how things within our country that still need to change. Some people may see the