To Kneel or Not to Kneel

Updated on October 16, 2017
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Double R is a U.S. Air Force VETERAN who is working on his Bachelor of Arts in English degree. So far he has one published book on Amazon.

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In this day and age, where the American Flag is made into everything from handkerchiefs, table cloths, swim suits, costumes, napkins, socks, backpacks, and underwear, people are in an uproar because some NFL players have decided to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem before the game in a silent and peaceful protest. Now they are not protesting the American Flag itself; they just decided to follow in the footsteps of free agent Colin Kaepernick by using this stage in order to bring attention to their cause. Like Colin, they are protesting all of the police brutality and misconduct against minorities and all of the other injustices that have been thrust upon minorities since the creation of these United States. Even the eloquent and dignified President Donald Trump responded to their efforts by attacking the players, calling them SOBs, and running to Twitter to tell his followers to boycott the NFL. Even though many football game spectators did not and do not stand during the National Anthem, people are outraged that these mostly minority players have decided that they have to do something to get attention to their cause because every other attempt falls on deaf ears. In the past, many players were not even on the field of play during the National Anthem and nobody even noticed. Were these players considered "unpatriotic" and disrespectful to the American Flag by the masses?

Dallas Cowboys kneel with owner Jerry Jones.
Dallas Cowboys kneel with owner Jerry Jones.

The only difference is that both white players and minority players were the guilty ones. But nobody cared. So why is there such a heightened sense of "patriotism" now that the vision of minorities acting alone in defiance has graced tv screens and stadiums all over the country? Do they not have a right to address their grievances peacefully? After all there have been numerous cases of police officers brutally violating the rights of minorities and some even killing them with very little to no retribution. And just how much disrespect, if any, is it when they take a knee or stand together with their arms locked? I mean they are facing the flag and the music during the National Anthem; some of them are just not standing. Is it because they are not doing what they are told like back in the good old days? Or is it simply because people do not want the topic of racial injustice highlighted? Either way, it is a long season and there are many games left on the schedule.

(1) The First Amendment clearly states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” There is no mention about not being able to peacefully assemble during the National Anthem. Does this Amendment include everyone except minorities? GOD bless America!


REFERENCES

1. https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights-transcript

Is this patriotic???
Is this patriotic???

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    • PantherGoody profile imageAUTHOR

      DOUBLE R 

      12 months ago

      Thank you very much Mr. Gouard for reading and for your comment. Please do share this and I hope that you do write something. I would love to read about what's on your mind.

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      Thomas Gouard 

      12 months ago from Chicago

      I love this, and definitely plan to share it. I served twelve years in the military, and i don't view it as disrespect, but I'm also an African American that is well aware, and has experienced racial injustice. I support any celebrity or athlete that brings awareness to it. What saddens me is that people view it as disrespect, and are clearly ignoring what the meaning of it is for. I will be writing one of these myself because it's pretty frustrating that this gets twisted by people who want to sweep it under the rug.

    • PantherGoody profile imageAUTHOR

      DOUBLE R 

      12 months ago

      You have some valid points Mr. DJax! I am glad that you brought up the fact that these minority players are not immune from racial discrimination nor police brutality. NBA star Mr. Lebron James had his house tagged with the "N" word and threats against his family just this past basketball season. Thank you for reading Sir!

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      DJax 

      12 months ago

      You stand for something or fall for anything! As long as they are running, catching, or throwing touchdowns it is all good. But as soon as they stand for something that is more important that the game and themselves there is a problem. But most of them were not respected as men before this protest which makes it a lot easier to disrespect them now. What people don't realize that these men where men of color before they were athletes and will continue to be so after their playing days. And being a well paid athlete does not make one immune from bigotry.

    • PantherGoody profile imageAUTHOR

      DOUBLE R 

      12 months ago

      I believe and know that they have every right to be upset with how minorities have been treated by some people in positions of authority. It is actually smart to show solidarity and bring attention to these injustices on a national platform. I am an American, a U.S. Air Force VETERAN, and I love good people of all races and backgrounds and I do not feel disrespected. They are not against the U.S. or the American Flag. They just don't want them or their MoMs or their children or their Grandparents to be harassed, beaten, or killed by the police officers who are corrupt and indecent.

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