Taking A Knee During The National Anthem Is NOT Okay..
I’m sure you’re familiar with Colin Kaepernick. If you’re not, he’s the San Francisco 49ers quarter back who took a knee during the national anthem back in late 2016. Kaepernick chose to take a knee in order to protest the oppression of African-Americans.
The social influence American football players wield has the ability to make great change; however, football players like Kaepernick fail to use their influence in effective ways. With millions of social media followers, and dollars, there are better ways Kaepernick could have raised awareness for the oppression of black people other than kneeling for the national anthem.
Throughout the years, athletes and teams have used their social platform/status/wealth to fund charities, build schools, and help the general public. J.J Watt, another American football player, raised 37 million dollars to help hurricane Harvey victims using Twitter. The Indianapolis Colts, an American football team, created The Colts Players Fund for Equality which helps promote and strengthen the relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Since starting this fund, the Colts have hosted events like “Coffee with a Cops” in order to bring surrounding communities together.
Veterans have sacrificed their lives for the land of the free. They have sacrificed their lives so football players like Kaepernick can make millions of dollars per year playing football. President Trump said it the best, “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she shouldn’t not be allowed to disrespect”
Football players, coaches, and owners followed Kaepernicks protest by also kneeling during the national anthem.
It was estimated that 50% of U.S consumers who watched less football in 2017 primarily did so because of the player’s refusal the to stand for the national anthem. If owners choose not to discipline their players for protesting the national anthem, I will no longer watch the NFL.
As Mark Cuban would say, ” And for those reasons, I’m out”.