USA Todays says "Anthem Kneeling is not aimed at veterans, and other NFL protest misconception'' This protest is not aimed at the country in general. It is aimed at the president, that most African Americans find racist and unfair to blacks. If they feel this way it is great that they want to speak out, just not in this
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 NFL commissioner needs to make the players and college athletes aware that they care about their players and care about their health, the Concussion Protocol does just that with showing the players that they will go drastic measures to make sure and keep them safe. For example, the NFL’s commissioner allowing the players to protest during the national anthem. The commissioner allowed the players to speak there beliefs during the national anthem before every game by either allowing them to stand, lock arms with teammates, or sit. The players were not criticized by the commissioner, but were by the President of the United States, and even then the commissioner stood up for their beliefs. The commissioner stated during the whole propaganda that he “...would like zero players to protest during anthem, but it won’t force any rules to change and will support players and their beliefs…,”(Martinez, Peter).
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.
"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.
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.
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
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
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