Protest is all-American

By Donnie Moore - Staff Reporter

Imagine this – driving home and your car stalls in the middle of the street, and you have no other recourse than to wait for AAA.

As you stand outside your car a police car drives up to you to as you assume to help, but instead they pull out their firearms and as you walk towards them to say that you need help and you're shot and killed.

Most people see this as a horrible crime, that should be punished, but instead the officer is let off free, because she was scared.

As a 6'2" black male myself it is very normal for people to be intimidated by my persona but I do not believe that is a reason to shot me nor anyone else. Now picture this someone with a large platform like an NFL quarterback, who sees these injustices and feels that he must use his influence to improve the situation of black and brown people in America.

He decides to ignite a small protest on the sideline with two of his teammates during the national anthem.

When he first started kneeling it was not a popular idea, he was meet with boos and was ostracized by people in and outside of the league, some of the same people a year later who are now kneeling.

Recently the 45th president of the United States said that all players who protest during the national anthem should be fired, for disrespecting the flag and the military.

This is a common response that people who disagree with what is being protested, which is the killing of black people in the streets with no justice served.

Since those comments, more than 100 players have kneeled, even whole teams like the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones, but the conundrum is are they protesting for the right reason like the loss of innocent black life? Or are they just having an anti-Trump protest during the national anthem.

People have also been critiquing the players, saying that sports are not the place to protest and that they should do this in their free time. The NFL brings in over 20 million viewers a week, so if you are able to get a message to just half those people, your protest has succeeded.

Looking at history of the America through the eyes of a black person, you would never be able to stand for a flag the represents the humiliation and death of black people. What Colin Kaepernick did was bold but it was necessary without his protest most people would not be able to see the world through a different point of view, whether tha's be how the police are seen or just how black people are seen and valued.

Protesting has long been held as the most American thing, it is what America was founded on, yet when a black or brown person decides to use their voice to protest, it somehow becomes un-American and disrespectful of the military and the flag.

America is built on having the ability to say what is bad and good about the country and not having to worry about retaliation from the president or anyone for that matter. It is a sad day in America when more people care about a flag or an anthem than the murdering of black people.

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