Why wouldn’t you stand for the patriots that fallen for our country and protected us? This topic is one of the biggest tragic moments in sports history: the kneel. It all started in 2016, when sport athletes were kneeling during the national anthem. The man that started this protest was Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. He kneeled during the National Anthem in a preseason game. He is trying to protest racial injustice when he was just starting a big problem that is just going to go down hill. This needs to stop. Athletes should start thinking about people.

Even though people think that Mr. Kapernick started this tragic trend, there was a man they played for the Denver Nuggets in 1995; his name was Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. In the start of the season, he decided that he did not want to stand and sat down during the national anthem. He said that the flag was a “symbol of oppression, of tyranny.”

In another recent kneeling moment at a football game, the Dallas Cowboys all decided to drop to their knees and this is what happened. “The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was the loudest I have ever heard. Great anger.” This was a quote by Donald Trump. There was another incident when an American gymnast Gabby Douglas didn’t put her hand over her heart during the national anthem and now she is getting pressured on social media. Clearly you can see that the president and the people of this country don’t like the fact of kneeling during the national anthem.

I kinda get why people don’t stand for the flag, but it’s a problem. I know that there is still people in this world that choose to be racist, no arguing about that, but people that join the Army, Navy, and Air Force, they risk their lives to protect our country and that flag is to show our appreciation for their sacrifice. So, I think every person that lives in the United States of America should stand and put their heart on their chest for our flag.

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  1. The first amendment protects this. I believe Kapernick kneeled for the people effected by racial injustice; whom of which can’t stand because of the brutality they had endured that ended up in their fatality. Our fallen soldiers die to protect our amendments, and our rights as Americans. Fallen soldiers died for people like Kapernick to express their freedom of free speech. I don’t believe Kapernicks orgininal intention was to disrespect the fallen soldiers of our nation, but to basicaly say; ‘this is what America allows.’

  2. Soldiers do not fight for the flag, they fight for the people. If some of these people are being unjustly murdered by cops, we definitely have a reason to protest against the American flag, because the people that have been chosen to protect us have become our oppressors.