Kneeling during the national anthem. At an American football game? This is where overpaid, overgrown boys throw a ball and tackle each other for fun. What motive could any American have to be so disrespectful? A football player, named Colin Kaepernick, explains his reasoning for kneeling.
The fallout from this has caused an epidemic: football became serious; way too serious..Who is Colin Kaepernick? Kaepernick was a Quarterback for the San Francisco 49’ers. (Ozanian, 2016) Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem in protest. (St. Félix, 2017) In 2016, during the first three preseason games he did not stand for the anthem, he was on the bench so he was not noticed.
(Boren, 2017) His motive? The recent criminal investigations against law enforcement officers, for what Kaepernick perceived as police brutality against the black communities. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,… There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” (Boren, 2017) Kaepernick felt he could use his position to protest. (Boren, 2017) Kaepernick became a free agent in 2017 and has not been signed by any team since.
(Boren, 2017) Effectively being blackballed by the NFL. (St. Félix, 2017) The NFL tried to not let it be a big issue however, when more players started kneeling it became hard to ignore. Also, with the ongoing news coverage, and the President’s disdainful name calling, it was inevitable before the NFL was in the forefront of it. The majority of the public was offended; how dare Kaepernick disrespect our national anthem and flag? (Ozanian, 2016) How offensive to the veterans and those serving? (Ozanian, 2016) “…A third of NFL TV viewers boycotting games because of Colin Kaepernick-led protests.
” (Ozanian, 2016) As time went on, games became about the protests. Ratings were dropping as the NFL and networks started losing millions of customers that used to watch big games. (Ozanian, 2016) The protest Kaepernick started had reached epidemic proportions. This was what football looked like now.
Whatever message that was attempting to be sent; it was not a positive one.The message behind kneeling had nothing to do with football, the flag, national anthem, or our members of service past and present. It symbolizes “…”peace,” “together,” and “social change.””( St. Félix, 2017) Perhaps a good old boys, and girls, game of football was not the best arena for this protest; maybe golf?