To Kneel or Stand for the National Anthem

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I would like to quickly address the issue with players kneeling during the national anthem at National Football League(NFL) games. For my international readers, you may not have heard that there is a major debate about NFL athletes kneeling during the pregame rendition of the USA national anthem. Just to be clear, this is not a "constitutional rendition" or performance of the anthem, it is contractually and profitably performed before an NFL game.

To keep this as brief as possible, I will only pick the top 3 comments (paraphrased) that I've received in the past few weeks from critics of the players protesting police brutality. Again, like I've always said, not all cops are bad but we cannot deny the significant difference when it comes to the treatment of people of color, which is something some cops have openly admitted to.

Our current president has clearly misled most people to believe that NFL players are kneeling because they choose to disrespect the flag instead of protesting police brutality, and this misinformation has led to comments like these below.
Comment:::  It's disrespectful to kneel for the anthem. The least "they" can do is stand for the flag.
  • Me::: I didn't realize kneeling is a form of disrespect. How could Jesus Christ of Nazareth fall on his knees to pray; disrespectful? I guess it's time to stop singing the song "Light the Fire" because part of the lyrics states: "I stand to praise you but I fall on my knees..." This is supposed to mean that we are so in awe that standing just wasn't enough to show our respect and adoration to the heavenly father; so we fell on our knees. Yet, we found a way to describe kneeling as a form of disrespect. These athletes are just using another form of respect to create awareness to injustice and we as a society find a way to twist it simply because majority of them are colored people.
Comment::: These NFL players should be grateful that "they" get paid millions of dollars to hit each other like animals. 
  • Me::: After reading most of these related comments, I had no doubt the word "they" was being used to describe the black athletes because some of you made it clear to me exactly who you are referring to. I agree. They should be thankful just like the slaves before them who should be very thankful for getting a plate of food after picking thousands of cotton a day. I guess Negros will always be inferior humans that will never worth what they get paid. How about everyone be thankful regardless of race or gender. 
Comment::: My Dad, brother, sister, mom, son, daughter etc... fought and died for the freedom that "they" enjoy.
  • Me::: I'm truly thankful for their service and the service of all our military plus their families. I'd also like to remind you that the ancestors of "they" aka black athletes, died building a country that is worth fighting for. So when people like the president said they should go back to Africa, I don't think "their" ancestors will be very happy to know that people like Trump will be the only ones allowed to enjoy the fruit of these ancestors' labor from all "their" blood and sweat. And black folks are in the military too, just saying.

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