The shooting, the killing, the unfair treatment of minorities in the United States needs to stop. As an African American female, I am frightened as to what my future may be. The government blind and mutes’ Am
I believe that players are right in taking a knee. They are not disrespecting the flag, and are peacefully protesting something that is incredibly relevant and dangerous to society. People think that it is offensive, and Trump’s involvement angers me. He reacted with such immaturity, that I am once again dumbfounded with how he got to be president. It isn’t about him. Its about how we can fix these problems.
Great article! I personally think the take a knee movement is completely positive, and that as Americans we have the right to speak up for what we believe in. I have seen many comments from Donald Trump about the movement, and I think that he is trying to take the importance out of what the players are communicating. He doesn’t like that people are speaking up and hoping for change, but our country needs to change and grow to become better, and the only way that can happen is if we start to say something about what is wrong. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/25/opinion/colin-kaepernick-football-protests.html is an article coming directly from one of the players, and I think it offers a great point of view.
Great question to finish off your article. I personally thing NFL players should be a able to take a knee, and exercise their Constitutional right to free speech. I personally think this movement is a force for good. However, just like any social movement, #takeaknee has its critics. While you and I don’t have to agree with what they say, they have the right to voice that opinion. I like how you said “President Trump tried to turn something positive into something negative.” It is an assertion that opens this up to lots of research. Here is a link to a site that allows you to view both sides of the argument. https://www.procon.org/headline.php?headlineID=005323
I always find it interesting to hear what those who disagree with me are saying.
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