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Taking a stand by kneeling

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It all started in 2016 with San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Collin Kaepernick when he began to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of policemen shooting African Americans.  NFL players have shown their support for Kaepernick’s movement and have began to protest during the national anthem this NFL season.  

Donald Trump has been putting his Twitter fingers to use, as he always does, and claimed that players should stand during The National Anthem as a sign of respect to the United States.

“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 said last year. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

More awareness has been attracted to these protests after NBA player Stephen Curry said he would not visit the White House to celebrate the team’s championship, and Trump replied to him via Twitter and withdrew his invitation.  LeBron James tweeted shortly after, “ U bum! Going to the White House was a great honor till you showed up!”

Trump believes that players who protest the anthem should be fired by the owner of their respective team.

The initial statement that caused the rally: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that SOB off the field right now,” Trump said.

He then tweeted, again, on Monday that it’s not a race issue, despite the reason for players kneeling during the anthem being an opposition for people of color who are being discriminated against in the United States by police officers.

Many people on social media have claimed that kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful to American veterans. The government continuously states that the protests are against the American flag instead of against police brutality and racism in the US.

These protests spread awareness to those who have died unjustly by those who serve to protect them.  Veterans fought to give us the ability to exercise our first amendments.  Using your brand to fight for justice is the sufficient way to bring an end to these terrible situations.  

Support those around you, support those fighting for you.  Most of all, support those who are fighting for their own freedom and lives when no one else is willing to do that for them.

 

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