I cannot stand and sing the Anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world,” Them are the words of baseball star and someone who changed sports forever, Jackie Robinson.
In 1972, Robinson published his autobiography “I Never Had it Made,” where Robinson revealed that he could never stand and sing the National Anthem as Robinson was a black man in a world that was not made for him.
Throughout this blog I’ll give out my 10 reasons why I believe kneeling should be allowed by these pro athletes and really anyone. Even though I stand during the Anthem.
These reasons aren’t in order of a “TOP 10” these are just 10 reasons I believe athletes shouldn’t be forced to stand during the National Anthem.
10. What they’re actually protesting,
Let’s get this out of the way: People believe that these athletes are protesting the United States Flag/Military which is completely wrong.
These athletes are protesting something that needs to be focused on, racial inequality and police brutality.
9. First Ammendment
First Amendment reveals that it protects several basic liberties — freedom of religion, speech, press, petition, and assembly. Interpretation of the amendment is far from easy, as court case after court case has tried to define the limits of these freedoms.
The Right To Have A Peaceful Protest
“Jesus Kneels as part of the suffering and struggle he endures at Gethsemane on the eve of his crucifixion with his posture serving as a sign of anguish as well as a mark of his true faithfulness.
Other New Testament stories desribe people who kneel before Jesus in supplication or lament. With their kneeling, these biblical figures say: Something os desperately wrong, please hear us and use your power to help us. Their act of submission signals their faith that healing will come and their prayers will be answered.
Kneeling is a sign of faith or lament is echoed outside religious contexts.” – Washington Post.
Here is another situation where you kneel. Proposing.
“We see someone kneeling when proposing marriage, as a gesture of love and devotion. It is also a sign of supplication, a plea for a new and deeper kind of relationship.” – Washington Post
6. “Take a knee”
“Athletes kneel when their coaches address them, asking them to take a knee. Here, kneeling can also signal that there is an emergency that takes precedence over everything else, so everyone must stop and pay attention – often while those injured are attended to.” – Washington Post
5. We kneel when someone in injured
It’s a sign of respect and concern when someone is hurt, but more than that putting players in that position means they’re not moving, chattering, or doing anything else.
4. Sitting in locker rooms is more disrespectful
The option that the team must decide if they would as a team sit in the locker room, or as a team stand on the sidelines is completely sad.
- How is it that sitting in the locker room isn’t disrespectful? Is not more disrespectful?
After all this talk the solution the NFL comes up with is that the team decides is pretty terrible, and going to cause even more of an uproar. Why did there have to be a rule instated? What good has commisionor Roger Goodell brought to the NFL?
3. Social Injustice Month
Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook came up with a solution that could solve it all. Do something for the players and not against, and also bring awareness to the issue.
“You’ve got breast cancer [awareness] month,” said Cook, “Just have a social injustice month. Raise money, bring positive light to it, instead of making it negative. Focus on the good and focus on fixing the situation instead of making it worse.”
2. The NFLPA
The National Football League Players Association is the union for professional football players in the National Football League. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA has shown that it will do whatever is necessary to assure that the rights of players are protected—including ceasing to be a union, if necessary, as it did in 1989. In 1993, the NFLPA again was officially recognized as the union representing the players, and negotiated a landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL. The current CBA will govern the sport through 2020. – NFLPA.COM
This video from SI talks about the legal actions that the NFLPA could take regarding the situation.
1. Who told Kaepernick to kneel?
For those who don’t remember, Colin Kaepernick started this protest by sitting on the bench durning the National Anthem and after hearing from Vet Nate Boyer the two came up with a solution.. Kneel.
“We sorta came to a middle ground where he would take a knee alongside his teammates,” Boyer says. “Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect. When we’re on a patrol, you know, and we go into a security halt, we take a knee, and we pull security.”
With this post coming out less than a week after Memorial Day, I would personally like to thank those who serve(d) our Country as well.
Would like to give a huge S/O currently we have our blogger Austin Smith, who is active in the US Navy.
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