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Let the Players Protest

America – a country built on the backs of minorities and slavery. The land of the free that to some, may not be so free. With terrorism, poverty and other casualties within America, NFL players kneeling for the National Anthem should be the least of your worries.

It started with Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest police brutality. That is essentially why they are still doing it to this day. Police brutality has skyrocketed in the past four years. Minorities are looking like the main target of these racist and not so coincidental shootings. Kaepernick has even lost his job for practicing his freedom of speech. His motives turned around by people who will probably never face oppression in their lives.

To clear things up, NFL players are not kneeling to protest the flag, they are not kneeling to protest the National Anthem. They are kneeling on the behalf of racist shootings within the police force that often go underlooked because the victim was not rich or white. Many people do not understand that concept.

To be fair, if NFL players were kneeling to protest the National Anthem, one could not blame them. The National Anthem was written by a racist and slave owner. The National Anthem is full of hidden bigotry, just like America itself.

Many say that politics and sports should not mix, and I agree to an extent. Here is the thing, players are in fact human and have opinions, and they should be able to exercise them freely. Isn’t it the whole meaning of freedom of speech?

Vice President, Mike Pence left a Colts’ football game after seeing some players kneeling. Many people believe it to be a political stunt. For example, the picture he posted of him and his wife was dated back to 2013 at another game. President Trump even tweeted “I asked Vice President Pence to leave the stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and Second Lady Karen.” Trump and Pence demanding that Americans not protest is the least American thing.

NFL players have all the rights in the world to kneel and protest, it would be less controversial if people did not equate the “flag” to “troops.” Before you go on to criticize a person or group of people for not being patriotic, please think about how this country treats and views them. Let the people speak, let the people protest and let the people change the world for the better.

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