Many home are divided on this topic. People can fully disagree with their own family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Americans are actually giving something to start an argument: anyone should be able to take a knee during the National Anthem.
The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government redress of grievances. Although this sounds boring it’s a very important thing to consider in the issue of the protests. The vice president left a football game. He was upset with Americans protesting. So then, he protested.
Posted on VoteVets Twitter account “Jerry Jones and Donald Trump are 2 billionaires that never served trying to lecture us about patriotism. #TakeAKnee”
There are extremists on both side of the argument. People should not be shamed for kneeling. Football players are people with beliefs too. It is not to shame the National Anthem or veterans, but to raise awareness the same way wearing pink raises the same amount of awareness. There are many veterans that will take a knee that have went viral on various social media sites. One particular one is a tweet by Brennan Gilmore (@brennanmgilmore) of his grandfather, a WWII veteran taking a knee. The tweet reads, “My grandpa is a 97 year-old WWII vet & Missouri farmer who wanted to join w/ those who #TakeaKnee: “those kids have every right to protest.” Veterans like him fought for the right to take a knee, not to be pressured to take a knee. If you are truly patriotic, you aren’t in the military to be worshipped.
Darryl Strawberry told CBS Sports that he believes when they have the jersey on, they are a different person. He basically said that your beliefs shouldn’t be displayed on the field. It’s understandable why he would say something like that, but at the same time you should not drop your beliefs for a job. If you are in the spotlight like that, it is more the reason; a responsibility; to raise awareness.
People may say that it’s a waste of time and football should just be football. What would you do if you had the opportunity to get your voice heard for something to believe in, but not use it?
In most cases, most people who do not support taking the knee are just flat out racist. It’s a scary thing to witness in this world; especially in this day and age. The reasons for taking a knee (multiple reasons) are: black people being mistreated, the banning of muslims, and people just flat out disliking Trump. In the midst of it, no one is causing any harm. We have a right to take a knee.