Kneeling vs. Standing Controversy

Three weeks ago on Sunday, September 24th, many players from different teams decided to protest during the United States national anthem. Some took the knee, others did not come out of their locker room, and others sat while it was playing. This all started a big controversy between those who supported the players’ decision and the ones who were offended or found this disrespectful. But what really happened and why? What caused these players to feel the need to protest?

Sports (especially football) has a great influence in America. However, when something is being broadcasted on live television and being put everywhere on social media, it does not just influence the United States, but most of the world. This is what makes this protest a much bigger deal than would be expected. The issue escalated so quickly because of the amount of people involved and the way this situation was dealt with, impacting many people’s lives. 

Most of the NFL players felt like they were being attacked because of the color of their skin. They were hurt and afraid because of the many shootings happening against people of color. During an interview with Colin Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, he said he refused to “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Players felt these social issues were taking away their freedom and because of this protested hoping to see a change.

The way these individuals feel has an effect on the rest of their teammates. Therefore, the whole team will unite to stand up for each other. This is what happened on September 24th during the games. Many people were offended by their actions because they felt it was disrespectful to the flag, country, and the soldiers who fight to keep our country free and safe.

There are two sides to every story. Is it wrong to protest when you want to see change? Was the way they protested wrong? All of these questions are being answered by many people involved, but they all have different things to say about it. What do you think about this? What would you have done, and how would you have felt if you were on either side of the lens?

2 Comments on “Kneeling vs. Standing Controversy”

  1. Brave article. I also wonder is the reason they kneel now the same reason as they knelt last season? Does this set a positive example to young people when reasons are unclear? Thanks for writing!

  2. You ask a lot of good questions! I didn’t grow up in America, so I don’t view the flag as sacred like a lot of Americans, so to me it seems like a good opportunity to send a message. He has paid for it by not being signed on and by having many people hate him, so it was a risky, bold choice he didn’t make lightly.

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