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Isaiah RamirezEnglish III Period VEgan12 December 2017Stand or Leave; No Inbetween On August 14, 2016, Colin Kaepernick made a bold move. While the National Anthem was being played on the 49ers football stadium, Kaepernick was sitting down. He thought it was a good idea to protest on live television for millions of people to see.

A huge controversy right now is that many NFL players are refusing to stand for the National Anthem as a way of protesting. Many players are unhappy with what is going on in the world right now, and they think that by kneeling/sitting during the National Anthem it will show their anger towards America and that they want a change. By doing this, they are making players, fans, coaches, kids, the president of the United States, and many others unhappy. About twenty-eight million people watch NFL football games on television, and about seventy thousand people attend NFL games. How many of those viewers and spectators are children? Who knows? Many children of all ages look up to NFL players. You see children wearing their jerseys, hanging up posters of them in their rooms, yelling out their name when they make a certain play, etc. Those children view NFL players as role models and heroes. If they see NFL players do something, they will try to imitate or re enact the things they do because they think it is cool.

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What if a child sees an NFL player kneel or not stand for the National Anthem? Some may do that as well just because they see their role model do it, and they have no idea why they are even doing it. This can be an issue in youth football leagues and even high school football. “One of the kids brought it up and asked, “What’s going on in St. Louis? Why are they demonstrating and rioting?” Gooden said.

“He’s just an 8-year-old baby and he’s asking me why they are doing it. I felt it was a teaching opportunity. As a coach and adult, it’s your role to protect those that are weaker and to enlighten them when you can.

” An eight-year-old boy asked his coach why a group of youth football players were kneeling during the National Anthem; this protest has turned into something bigger and can continue to grow rapidly over time. The American soldiers have fought for our freedom and many other things for years and years. They go out there and risk their lives everyday for us Americans, and the least we can do is stand for the National Anthem. “You can look at the United States and say we’re an oppressive country. You can look at the United States and say we’ve come the furthest as far as granting our people’s rights. There’s so many ways you can look at our history and “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the symbol of that.” -Barbara Parker.

By singing the Star-Spangled Banner/National Anthem it is showing the respect we have for our soldiers and the love we have for our country because we live in a free country with many rights and freedoms, unlike many other countries. “The National Anthem pays respect to the people who have risked their lives, been injured, or died defending the U.S.” -Unknown. In the NFL, the players should stand to respect veterans and the people fighting for our country to show respect.

It is not a good way of going about a protest by kneeling for the National Anthem on national television and for many people to see. Kneeling for the National Anthem is very unprofessional and wrong in many ways, and is not a good way to protest. “The appropriate place to protest is not during the National Anthem of a nationally televised game, for those who are looking forward to seeing football.” -Charles Sullivan. Protests should not be made during a football game (or any sports game) that is televised. It is very wrong on many levels, and it shows a lot of immaturity coming from adult, professional athletes.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. 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.” -Colin Kaepernick Being a professional in any field, you are expected to be respectful and professional of course, and kneeling during the National Anthem is the opposite of that. It is disrespectful and degrading. Colin Kaepernick started this protest of kneeling during the National Anthem and it needs to be stopped. This protest is very unprofessional, unnecessary, and disrespectful.

All protests have pros and cons, and this protest definitely has both. Many other football players started participating in this protest, and it has greatly increased. It is showing others that they are unhappy with the things that are happening nowadays in the United States, and they do not support what is happening. Everyone that kneels for the National Anthem has the right as a United States citizen. It is very bold of them to participate in this protest and make a stand for what they believe in. Also, this protest is very peaceful and it not causing any damage. It gets people thinking about what is going on in the United States amd realize all of the wrong.

Since this protest in 2016, many players have tagged along, and many people have been offended. This protest needs to come to a stop because it is the wrong way of going about a protest. It has pros and cons, but more cons than pros. It is very disrespectful and unprofessional.


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