Colin Kaepernick has become the most polarizing figures in sports when he decided to take a knee for a cause off the field. This all started with the fact that numerous unarmed black African Americans were being killed by police. It was wasn’t just the fact that they were killed by police, almost all instances they were white police officers. Also, multiple killings were well documented and filmed. People feel that they should protest in other more “productive ways”. Like protesting before the singing of the national anthem, or in the locker room.
The NFL commissioner told business insider that, “they” (the players kneeling) should all stand (Gaines). “If players feel that they need to show peaceful protest…on a public stage, try kneeling, hooking arms, raising fists, whatever before the national anthem is played.
When the anthem is played, stand up, take your hat off, put your hand over your heart and sing the national anthem.” But players feel that they are not disrespecting the flag or anyone at all, but trying to bring attention to a growing cause that is police brutality. Such as what Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall had to say to USA TODAY. “We can’t get lost in what Trump’s said, we have to try to change the narrative back to what the original message was about.” Also, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said the Wednesday before their game on the 30th. That they have to be the voice for people who don’t have the voice they have (Jones) It’s one thing to say that they are disrespecting the flag, but its another to think that they are taking a knee is a signal of reverence and not disrespect. That is exactly how Luke Bretherton, a professor of Theological Ethics and Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics feels. He writes that he went to church when he was young with his parents on Sundays, and that kneeling was a sign of respect.
He recommends that they kneel to enter an unused kind of relationship, one built on shared regard and acknowledgment of the nobility and worth of black lives. Like a cheerful life partner, they are welcoming those they kneel some time recently to enter a modern kind of relationship. But this new relationship can be entered into as it were in the event that everybody stops and pays consideration to what is off-base, guaranteeing that those who are harmed or traumatized by organization prejudice are cared for. To carry on as in the event that nothing has happened, while individual citizens contort in torment, is obdurate. Failure to take a knee is an act of disrespect. Many fans think that veterans feel disrespected by players kneeling during the National Anthem, but not this one 97 year old vet.
That’s right this 97 year old veteran, grandfather to Brennan Gilmore, former Chief of Staff to former Congressman, told Gilmore that “Those kids have every right to protest” (97- Year).