National Anthem bowing

Kynzee Favano, Staff Writer

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Colin Kaepernick, a member of the San Francisco 49ers, started a protest against police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem before every game in September 2016.

At first he was alone in his protest, but after a while other players and even other sports enthusiasts joined in. Recently more people than ever have been supporting Kaepernick’s protest.

“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 according to SBNation.

Kaepernick kneels to protest police brutality, specifically against black people. In 2016 alone, more than 250 black Americans were killed by police officers. And the majority of these killings were unjust.

“I’m not anti-American, I love America. I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better. I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from,” Kaepernick said, according to The New York Times.

A lot of people don’t agree with the protest and claim that it is disrespectful to the men and women who have risked their lives for the freedom of Americans. However, others claim that it is in fact their right and that military veterans fought for Americans’ right to do exactly this: to have freedom of speech, expression and peaceful assembly.

Trump tweeted out on Sept. 24 that “Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their country. NFL should change their policy.” It is obvious that Trump does not agree with the protest and has even taken the extra step to say that the NFL should not allow players to kneel or sit, so the players took it another step further and began locking their arms and raising their fists to show solidity.

Ryan Donovan, 12, plays football for RHS, and although he is against the protest he believes that Trump’s tweet was “taking it too far, it’s their right to kneel if they want to even though I don’t agree with it.”

 

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