Though the residents of Maycomb did not agree with him, Atticus stuck to his belief all men are created equal. Equally important, he never frowned upon them, or disgraced their ways. While speaking to his children, Atticus conveys this, “Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man” (Lee 139). As a result, he displays to his children that he is not a coward and will not back away from a challenge, even if it means his reputation may taper as the trial advances. Correspondingly, the African American populous makes known that they are appreciative of Atticus’s intentions to free Tom of his accusation.
Are peoples’ opinions that you disagree with not allowed? This question has been heavily put to the test as football players have been swarmed with abhorrence. This anger has been brought to them through the protest that they have acted with, not standing or kneeling during the national anthem, in the past few years. Football players should be protected by the first amendment of the constitution, which is for free speech and protest. Football players should not be punished for their opinion and issue in which they protest in the United States because it brings awareness to society issues, use social status, and even though people disagree that the protest should not happen during the National Anthem.
Kneeling can cause an unnecessary distraction to their team and can make the fans stop watching the games. Another football player, Malcolm Jenkins said, “So me not standing for the national anthem isn 't really going got get me the results that I want.” (Doc 5). Jenkins is saying that he supports the message, but believes it can be done in a different way. Drew Brees said, “It’s an oxymoron that you’re sitting down, disrespecting that flag that has given you the freedom to speak out.” (Doc 5). Drew is stating that the flag has given all your rights and the freedom to speak out, yet you are kneeling, and disrespecting it.
Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback of the San-Francisco 49ers, chose not to stand for the National Anthem at a recent National Football League game. Instead, he decided to express his unhappiness with the way African Americans are being treated by police, by kneeling to the ground. This was his form of protest and attempt to convey his message about how he felt. Kaepernick does have the right to not stand for the National Anthem, however, it is disrespectful. People fight for our freedom, so why disrespect those men and women and an NFL game was not the right time or place to hold his protest.
Eric’s statement is entirely true, which means that those who disagree with a protest have the right to speak out as well. Freedom of speech and protest works both ways which means I, and many other Americans, have the right to disagree with the protesters (Reid). The football protesters are not wrong by protesting injustice, however, their form of protest does the opposite of bringing awareness and merely divides the people they desire to bring together. We should stand together as Americans who want to stop injustice
Last year, Colin Kaepernick, an American football player did not stand up for the flag of America in the beginning of a game. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he protested. In The Misfits, a book we’re reading currently in English class, a character named Addie had a similar protest with Colin Kaepernick, where she decided to not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. I support Colin and Addie’s protest, because the police shootings are becoming a huge problem each year, and many different people are gradually supporting Colin. I support Colin Kaepernick because the police shootings are getting worse each year.
Everyone was getting hurt and these wealthy officials kept their hands clean from miles away. They used the idea of patriotism for the fatherland to get people to enlist for the war. Patriotism, in no way, is a bad thing, however, when one is guilt tripped into believing that their fear of dying in war is actually a lack of devotion to their country, it becomes entirely wrong. One must understand that the majority of the soldiers fighting in World War I had no dispute with the other side and they had only joined, to protect the country they had grown up in and learned to love. These citizens should have been shown the reality because, painful or not, the soldiers who died on the battlefield a decade ago, deserved to know what they were signing up
Everyone is supposed to stand up and put their right hand over their heart when the Star Spangled Banner is sung or played to show respect for our soldiers, but some football teams are not in this case. This issue with standing up for the Star Spangled Banner, goes along with the issue of the College or University Football Players not standing up for the loved ones that died fighting for their freedoms and rights. Everyone should just stop going to the football games for these teams that are doing it, making the Pro football players getting less and less money as people stop coming, because they are showing disrespect to the soldiers that fought for their rights and without soldiers, the football players wouldn’t be playing. Without soldiers fighting for our rights and taking risks, of possibly death or injury, our community or population of people in the United States would go down because the world would be chaos and everyone will go around killing each other. No one said fighting for your freedom would be easy.
Consequently, their heart is open to love no matter what happens which shows their innocence, and which emphasizes sweetness of war that can also be understood from the “tears in the old guy’s eyes” just before soldiers leave him. In addition, Rat Kiley makes up a rhyme that every soldier chants while walking; this action bonds soldiers together and is a proof that they still carry their childish and innocent beings inside. The concept that Tim O’Brien phrases as “The war wasn’t all terror and violence. Sometimes things could almost get sweet” (31) is also seen in Brendan Hoffman’s photograph; soldiers at the front are playing football while smiling sincerely. This childish attitude of soldiers may prove that war can “almost get sweet”.
I know others might feel differently but in this essay I give my reasoning on why I believe that Americans are brave, welcoming, and judgmental. A lot of Americans are very brave. They endure things but tend to not care and still try to be their own individual selves. “ Sitting there, with his eyes almost shut from his beating, making another American flag.” (McCain pg.7) This is a great example of an American who is brave. Even though, he was beaten in an inch of his life for having the flag in his shirt, he still decided that he wanted to have the American flag still close to him while he was imprisoned, so he risked getting another beating and sewed it in his shirt again.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is standing up for people who he feels are being mistreated or are unable to correct the wrongs being done to them. When he chose to sit, (or kneel) for the National Anthem, he was doing so knowing it would bring himself and his message to the country. His overall goal is to stop police brutality and bring about a better tomorrow. I wholeheartedly agree with Kaepernick idea and goal. Many people hear about police brutality and about suspects being killed while trying to flee.