Why We Should Care About Taking a Knee

Posted October 06, 2017

(Note 3: The NFL's Official Operations Manual strictly prescribes what is required of all players with respect to the National Anthem...and it requires standing).

Last weekend, President Donald Trump said that players who didn't stand for the anthem should be fired.

It's been over a year since San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, sat down during the National anthem.

Michael Bennett of the Seahawks did that a few weeks ago and I mentioned to my dad how respectful I thought he was with what he said. The president spoke against a man who happens to be black, not because he is black. Kaepernick responded to the controversy by kneeling rather than sitting, in order to seem less disrespectful. "Somebody has to stand up".

Most of the sports played at ARC begin with the anthem, except those that are not in hosted venue such as gyms or stadiums.

Barack Obama, then president, said Kaepernick was "exercising his constitutional right to make a statement". And her personal politics also factor in.

Racism is the same reason someone like Donald Trump was elected.

The fans and viewers around our country see their teams as offensive and disgraceful for they don't rise for the National Anthem, and on top of that fans have expressed on what they think of their teams protesting by burning every owned gear. You can not logically frame this as a protest of systemic injustice and police misconduct.

And when the President of the United States responds to the people promoting hate and violence by calling them "fine people", meanwhile calling those National Football League players who kneel in protest of racism "sons of bitches", it provides proof that there is still deep-rooted racism in America. Kaepernick did not play most of last season, and he is now not signed to an National Football League team as a result. The next day, more than 200 players protested during the anthem by joining arms or kneeling. He called black football player a "son of a bitch". Among whites, 48 percent disapprove and 38 percent approve.

"When you look at the peaceful protests the guys have made, [they are] not [directed toward] the national anthem, our military or the freedom that we have all been provided", Fitzgerald said.

RT: I guess he has the right to do whatever he wants as the president. "This is a way to get noticed, and possibly get some action taken". As a result of lack of intervention by the owners, Kalafer said, the protests have spiraled out of control. Buffalo Bills star, Marshawn Lynch wore a shirt into the locker room that said "Everybody vs. Trump".

Prior to the Bombers' game September 30, Gladney said that he alerted his teammates that he was going to display a sign of protest, and while they didn't want to join him, they weren't opposed to him doing so. And I don't think that was Trump's intention but everybody I think is unified among the players and coaches... Using this medium is not the right way to do it.

We have spent more time debating who the protest is intended for than we have asking why they are protesting.

Just 4 in 10 Americans overall, and about half of African-Americans, think refusing to stand for the flag can be an act of patriotism.

The response to the protests on social media has been huge, including a nationwide trending hashtag #takeaknee. The Colorado dealership dropped Von Miller - who knelt in protest - as a spokesperson.

"The national anthem is a way to respect, pay tribute and support our troops and their families who risk everything so that our country can maintain the freedom that millions have fought and died to protect".

Still, he would not participate in such a protest. Most people agree that the president should not have become involved in this issue, just as most Americans agree that kneeling in opposition is wrong - a finding reported in the Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters.