From the NFL Football players to celebrities to activists all over, people are taking a stand against racial injustices by kneeling or sitting during the national anthem.
Minorities across the country are shot and killed by police brutality every day and no one hears about it. No one does anything about it. The activists and football players are making sure people are aware of what is happening by not participating during the national anthem.
“Liberty and justice for all but that’s not the case right now,” senior Jordan Jones said when asked about kneeling during the national anthem.
As a result, from not participating during the national anthem, players have been receiving hate for their actions. Some players are even being suspended for participating in the “sit out.”
People are saying that they are unpatriotic and disrespectful towards the soldiers who fought for the country. The players and activists are responding by stating that change comes with actions.
“They’re obligated to do what they feel is right," said senior Caleb Finch.
It has recently been announced that The NFL for now will continue to let players kneel or sit during the national anthem without a penalty, capitulating to demands by the athletes for free expression but potentially further alienating fans who object to the protests and feel they are disrespectful to the flag and the military. Although everyone still do not agree with that method. President Donald Trump has noted that letting players kneel or sit during the national anthem without penalty is total disrespect to our great country.
The stand for justice is not about whether players are right or wrong but about making a change locally and nationally.