DOES TAKING THE KNEE REPRESENT DISRESPECT?

Lola Ekwalla, Staff Writer

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On Sunday in London, during the first game the N.F.L, players took the knee in response to president Trump’s criticism towards NBA and NFL athletes. Trump was in shock at the fact that the athletes took a knee during the national anthem and said it was disrespecting the “flag” and the “Country”. This disagreement started when basketball player Stephen Curry refuses to go the white house, but president Trump was badgered and said that, the NBA athletes aren’t welcomed into the white house anymore.

According The New Yorkers “there did not appear to be any white players taking the knee” and “standing above the downturned heads of the kneelers, a number of players and coaches interlocked arms.” According to MSN Michael Jordan said “One of the fundamental rights this country is founded on was freedom of speech, and we have a long tradition of nonviolent, peaceful protest,” which clearly inform us that, according to Rick Bonnell “The players had the rights to express themselves without being “demonized”. Taking the knee seemed to be more “humble” as suggested in The New Yorkers “Last year, before the election, a solitary Colin Kaepernick took one knee during the national anthem when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, in protest of police brutality against black Americans.”

Taking the knee is a peaceful protest and shouldn’t be demonized when someone freely expresses themselves in this country. Trump regarded this act as disrespect and it shouldn’t be in his agenda as a president. Taking the knee is a representative of a movement called black lives matter, it is to support the movement. It wasn’t meant to offend nor disrespect the country.

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DOES TAKING THE KNEE REPRESENT DISRESPECT?