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Kneeling for a Cause

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Oct 6, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold (58), quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and free safety Eric Reid (35) kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem before a NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 6, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold (58), quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and free safety Eric Reid (35) kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem before a NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 6, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold (58), quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and free safety Eric Reid (35) kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem before a NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Do we really want a president who speaks badly about the Americans in this country as President? Do we really want someone so unprofessional running our country?

 

On September 24, Trump took to NFL players kneeling as very rude and unbearable. He made a couple of tweets mostly saying things like, “No leadership in the NFL,” and how the players are showing “Total disrespect to our flag and country” (Trump,Washington Post). Lots of people are angry about this and while this happened there’s a rush of booing and upset Americans. Colin Kaepernick, New England Patriots player, began this peaceful protest to bring awareness to all of the police brutality and heavy social injustice that’s been going on since the end of 2016. Things began to go downhill when more players began kneeling, but for the wrong reasons.

 

People believe that the players should just play and stop trying to create extra chaos for the world. The author says, “NFL just wants players of color to shut up and play, and that their opinions don’t matter”(NY Times). There are some theories out there that some of the less known players are doing this for some attention, or the players are being plain ignorant. Either way it goes it should go without saying that the players should play the game and leave their beliefs elsewhere.

 

On the other hand we all have to look at this as peaceful protesting. Although it’s stirring quite a commotion, no one is getting hurt. All they’re doing is standing for what people are forgetting about in the world. Don’t they have the right anymore to express themselves. Some coaches and the way they think can be seen as the “plantation idea.” This idea is from the coaches basically telling the players that they are getting paid to play for them and nothing else matters. They do the work or receive consequences. I don’t think there’s anything wrong as long as it remains peaceful and under control. For me if I was an NFL player I would’ve kneeled during the anthem. It showing support towards our fellow American citizens.

 

I understand where people are coming from that feel that kneeling is very disrespectful. The song is about the soldiers who fought and died for our country and how our country became independent. Kneeling to them is sending the message that you don’t care don’t respect the soldiers.

 

I really don’t know if this country will ever come to a conclusion. We are not able to protest peacefully or violently. Either way it goes someone will get hurt, or locked up and it doesn’t solve anything. But as Americans, we should try and seek different approaches to these situations. Like social media, writing papers, having meetings,etc. At some point this all has to get better and we can cure all of this. The kneeling is not disrespectful if you’re kneeling for the right reasons and if some Americans knew what the kneeling was meant for. You must always stand up for what you believe even when you are alone, someone will eventually step up with you.

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