The NFL National Anthem Protests

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If you are an NFL football fan, then you have probably noticed that during the National Anthem at the beginning of the games, some players are kneeling instead of standing and saluting the flag. Why is this? To start with, according to Politifact, this entire protest started in 2016 when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stayed sitting on the bench during the national anthem. 

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Kneeling instead of pledging.

What caused this protest? According to USA Today, Kaepernick told NFL.com, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Also, according to the Tennessean, “Kaepernick’s goal was to bring attention to the many cases of police brutality against African-Americans, using both the high profile platform as an NFL player and the large stage provided by NFL games to raise awareness.” Kaepernick was the first player to protest, and he wasn’t the last. Many players from a variety teams are kneeling, sitting on the bench, and raising a fist into the air. Recently, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t come out of the locker room for the national anthem at all while playing the Chicago Bears. The Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin told SBNation that, “We’re not going to play politics. We’re football players, we’re football coaches. We’re not participating in the anthem today. Not to be disrespectful to the anthem, to remove ourselves from the circumstance.”

 

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Kaepernick quote. Image found on Pinterest.

Although many people are for this protest, others, including our president Donald Trump, are furious. President Trump has stated his complaints via Twitter. President Trump states that “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag, and National Anthem. The NFL must respect this!” He also says that “Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is unacceptable. Bad ratings!” President Trump says in another tweet that the NFL needs to either fire or suspend players who kneel for the National Anthem. In fact, after President Trump began telling the NFL that players who are protesting need to be either fired or suspended, a lot more players began to protest.

 

Trump tweets telling people NFL is being offensive to America’s National Anthem.

According to USA Today, “Demonstrations spread throughout the league as many players broke out of their routine by joining the protests or engaging in team-wide displays of unity. The Associated Press estimated 204 players elected to either kneel or sit during the anthem.” This is as of week three in the NFL playing season. The fans reacted in many different ways. According to Rolling Stone, “…fans went about treating the national anthem like they always had: Many did give it attention and respect, but many more went to the bathroom; or they saw it as snack-and-beer time; sent less-than-important text messages; and few would go out of their way to tell someone else to stand or remove their hats.” As you can see, the NFL protest is a very controversial topic.

What do you think? Would you protest the racism that many NFL players see and sit or kneel, or would you stand in respect for our country? The decision is up to you.

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  1. Lisa Eggleston on October 24th, 2017 1:35 pm

    I enjoyed your article. You did a great job of stating facts without showing bias towards one group over the other. This topic is a hard line to walk, we as Americans show should respect to our country and those who defend it. However, if people see injustices in our nation, they have the right to state their opinion. These are peaceful protesters after all, and our nation was built upon seeing inequality and demanding change.

  2. jonathan chou on October 25th, 2017 8:23 am

    I like this article

  3. tyler winton on October 25th, 2017 8:28 am

    It was a great article i agree with every thing you said

  4. jonathan chou on October 25th, 2017 8:36 am

    I like this article it was great

  5. Kylan Mabins on October 25th, 2017 9:24 am

    I agree with the comment above mine

  6. Drew Akins on October 25th, 2017 1:24 pm

    I think that everybody should stand for the national anthem because people fought for our country and put their lives on the line.

  7. Harrison Rehkop on December 13th, 2017 2:27 pm

    but they were badly offended

  8. aj ellis on October 25th, 2017 1:30 pm

    i agree with this whole thing i think that colin kaepernick made a stupid decision to sit on the bench and i think that is what got him to not be on a team.

  9. Kya Johnson on October 25th, 2017 2:26 pm

    WOW. That was a great article. i loved how you show how people protested and how they did that. I love waching football and knew about the protest but did not know about all of this. I like the part that you talk about why they were nealing. You did a great job. 🙂

  10. Jackson Howser on October 25th, 2017 2:39 pm

    I hate the idea of kneeling! I used to watch football. But now I won’t lintel they stop kneeling if that means I will not watch the super bowl I will. And the ratings of football have went down 31 percent and the will keep going down if they don’t stop doing what they do. I just hope it does not spread to baseball That would suck if I could not watch that. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Evan Reinert on December 13th, 2017 2:26 pm

    That’s so dum Colin Kapernick

  12. Jack Raynor on February 25th, 2018 10:58 pm

    The way I see it is if you kneel you might be sanding for the ‘injustices’ of America but you are disrespecting the people who died or was wounded in duty the past, present, and maybe even the future. Besides if America is so bad then why not go to another country or instead just support your “cause” without being disrespectful on your own time. You can never fix something by breaking it, so why break America apart with disrespect.

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