I have decided to pick the issue of Colin Kaepernick not standing for the National Anthem because this is a huge issue that a lot of people are talking about. They are trying to get down to the bottom of whether or not the protest that Kaepernick is making is dishonoring what our country country was build upon or not.
Colin Kaepernick is the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. “On August 26, 2016 Kaepernick refused to stand during the Star-Spangled Banner, this was in protest of the racial injustice and police brutality in the United States.” stated procon.org
After doing some more research from other articles on this issue. Steve Wyche an NFL media reporter interviewed Kaepernick and this is what he had to say. “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.” -Kaepernick
This has added fuel to the racial injustice and police brutality issues that we are facing today. On ProCon.org, it states the pros and cons of this protest movement that Colin Kaepernick is deciding to do. Pro 1: When one believes the United States is not living up to its ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all, refusing to stand for the National Anthem is appropriate and justified. Con 1: Refusing to stand for the national anthem shows disrespect for the flag and the members of the armed forces. Pro 2: When a national figure such as an NFL player refuses to stand for the National Anthem, it shocks people into paying attention and generates conversation. Con 2: Not standing for the National Anthem is an ineffective and counterproductive way to promote a cause. Lastly, but not least Pro 3: Not standing for the National Anthem is a legal form of peaceful protest, which is a First Amendment right. Con 3: Refusing to stand for the National Anthem angers many and sows division in our country.
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