President Donald Trump is definitely not very happy about these protests, saying that the players are disrespecting our flag and should be suspended or fired. People against these protests also believe that by taking a knee during the anthem the players are disrespecting the military and all of the sacrifices they make for our country. There have been several veterans, though, who have spoken out and said that they agree with and are on the protester’s side. Others say they will never watch the NFL again, because they do not want to support anything disrespecting America. NFL players have the freedom of speech and protest rights so they are able to speak out against
Not all countries are lucky enough to believe in the same values as ours, that being said, when it is clear that not all citizens are receiving equal freedoms, we must fight to bounce back and open the eyes of those who are in high command that something needs to be done. The country has a long history of sports being used as a way to raise awareness and a source to rally around. Barack Obama said, “Colin Kaepernick’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement. I think there's a long history of sports figures doing so” Pro athletes choose to use their platform in a positive way and bring attention to issues that need to be addressed.
Why do you stand during the National Anthem, some people stand out of pure respect, other people sit because they are “oppressed”. Colin Kaepernick started a controversial protest during the preseason football game on August 14th. Many people agree that it is for a good cause, but he is not choosing the right time to protest. People believe that standing during the National Anthem is a sign of respect and gratitude for your country, but people like Kaepernick chose this time to sit or kneel to get people to look at the oppression towards minorities in the country. Kaepernick told a reporter, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people, and people of color.”
That is right most of the time, but there are a few reasons why it isn’t the rest of the time. People are not all the time treated equally, and because of this, a protest called Black Lives Matter has formed. They believe racism is still a thing, which it can be in some situations, from on accident or if people just believe it that way. Football players also started kneeling during the National Anthem because of racism.
Controversy is currently plaguing the nation as arguments concerning the President’s comments toward the NFL players that didn’t attend the singing of the nation anthem and those who kneeled during the singing. Many people believe he is suppressing, or otherwise putting an end to, the natural rights of these player as he stated, @realDonaldTrump “ ...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU 'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!” Twitter, 23 Sep. 2017, 11:18 a.m. In order to fully understand if he is indeed terminating their rights, one must apprehend the meaning of natural rights.
The advent of television in the mid-1960s made it possible for people to watch the news about Vietnam War and realized the horror of the war. The portrayal on TV also has a substantial influence on the effect of the opposition. Statements supporting the war were overshadowed by those against the war and, thus people’s dissatisfaction toward the war was boosted in some degree. In addition to television, magazine and newspaper also promoted the opposition. For example, Journalists and photographers took photos of the demonstration, caught details of the demonstration in their work and posted them on the magazines such as Times.
One may say that these protests are unnecessary due to their insignificance towards the fact that Donald Trump is, and will, be the President of the United States in January. However, these are the very ideas which Martin Luther King Jr. and Henry Thoreau both denounced. We mustn’t look at the immediate outcome protests may cause, but the future outcomes they may cause. These protests will be looked upon in the future by historians, and they will be praised even more if Donald Trump’s presidency produces a negative outcome. Just how every vote in an election counts, such as the one the United States just experienced, every protester for a massive cause counts as
America alienates and demonizes Muslims and makes them feel like they do not belong and this makes it easier for terrorist groups, such as ISIS, to recruit by making individuals feel like America is the enemy and by giving them a sense of belonging. In this paper, I will argue that Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment largely exist in American society through the media, politics, popular culture, and social media; and as it continues to grow, it affects Muslims in America and it damages American communities and
Kneeling or locking arms during the national anthem is unacceptable because it is disrespectful to the flag, to the soldiers, and sets a bad example for the upcoming generations of athletes. The flag is the base of our country and shouldn’t be disrespected. Each color
A person that comes to mind when you think about standing up for what you believe in is Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela fought segregation in South Africa when no one else would. “Mandela represents equality, fairness, democracy and freedom in an often unequal, unfair and undemocratic world”(https://www.one.org/us/2015/02/12/8-people-who-broke-the-law-to-change-the-world/ 10/30/17). Nelson started a revolution that would last for generations upon generations. People began standing up for what they believed in
Sports journalists from across the media spectrum had reacted to the Saints’ bounty scandal in a unified voice. Through JumboSearch, I dredged up their consensus: the New Orleans Saints had breached the ‘bounty-rule,’ a Constitutional clause that outlawed targeted, incentivized violence. In one report, the ‘bounty-rule’ supposedly outlined in the League Constitution was lifted verbatim from a policy piece I had read earlier. Using that piece as my guide, I scoured the Constitution for the ‘bounty-rule’. It did not
For example, a very influential football player Colin Kaepernick stated that he will not stand for the national anthem until the flags represents what it should represent. He is doing this to bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement. Kaepernick believes that the racial inequality in our country is not good and he won’t stand for the national anthem until the issue is resolved. However, the way he is choosing to bring attention to his topic is interrupting peace and insulting the United States. He is encouraging and motivating the Black Lives Matter group even though they result in creating conflict and mayhem in our country involving the police.
Tommie Smith took this boycott public in a piece called “Why Negroes Should Boycott” for the March issue of sport in 1968. Article OPHR being the more of the athletic side of their protests still a very important and needed protest and a voice to be
The Confederate Flag should not be able to fly anymore because it stands for racism and slavery, the flag displayed today never was the flag, and that flags are strong symbols. Many people, even today, display the Confederate flag. But why? And what does the flag even stand for?
Throughout the world racism happens daily, making others feel badly about themselves because of ignorant people. As a matter of fact we cannot choose the color of our skin, we cannot choose the way we look, but we can choose how we act towards others. In the article Racism: It’s Deeper Than The Color of Our Skin, defines racism as “a political, social and economic system built on the belief that one race is superior to another. ”(Racism)