Nikko Graves Mr. Hosler ELA 10 28 November 2017 Taking A Knee Colin Kaepernick became one of the most polarizing figures in sports history when he decided to take a knee for a cause off the field. Taking a knee for him was never about trying to disrespect veterans or the flag as many followers and fans of the NFL believed. This all started with the as a result of numerous unarmed African Americans were being killed by police. It wasn’t just the fact that the police killed the African Americans; in almost all instances, they were white police officers.
Also, many of these encounters were well documented and filmed. Some people feel that the protesting should be conducted in a more “productive way”. Like protesting before the singing of the national anthem, or in the locker room. The NFL commissioner told business insider that, “they” (the players kneeling) should all stand (Gaines). “If players feel that they need to show peaceful protest.
..on a public stage, try kneeling, hooking arms, raising fists, whatever before the national anthem is played.
When the anthem is played, stand up, take your hat off, put your hand over your heart and sing the national anthem” (Hoffmann) Colin felt that taking a knee is a respectful and peaceful way to protest. Other players have felt the same way, that they are not disrespecting the flag or anyone at all, but trying to bring attention to a growing cause that is police brutality towards African American men. Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos linebacker, told USA TODAY, “We can’t get lost in what Trump’s said, we have to try to change the narrative back to what the original message was about.” Also, Carolina Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton said the Wednesday before their game on the 30th. That they have to be the voice for people who don’t have the voice they have (Jones) It’s one thing to say that they are disrespecting the flag, but its another to think that taking a knee is a symbol of reverence and not disrespect. That is exactly how Luke Bretherton, a professor of Theological Ethics and Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics feels.
He writes that he went to church when he was young with his parents on Sundays, and that kneeling was a sign of respect. He recommends that they kneel to enter an unused kind of relationship, one built on shared regard and acknowledgment of the nobility and worth of black lives. Like a cheerful life partner, they are welcoming those they kneel some time recently to enter a modern kind of relationship.
But this new relationship can be entered into as it were in the event that everybody stops and pays consideration to what is off-base, guaranteeing that those who are harmed or traumatized by organization prejudice are cared for. To carry on as in the event that nothing has happened, while citizens writhe in pain, is callous. Failure to take a knee would be an act of disrespect or disregard. Many fans think that veterans feel disrespected by players kneeling during the National Anthem, but not this one 97 year old vet. That’s right this 97 year old veteran, grandfather to Brennan Gilmore, former Chief of Staff to former Congressman, had to show his support. Indeed this 97-year-old granddad needed to do his portion. A World War II veteran, Brennan Gilmore’s granddad wore his WWII vet cap and took a knee.
He told Gilmore, “Those kids have each right to protest” (97- Year). What we require now are numbers. A few individuals recognize the issues we confront however stay quiet bystanders. We need more of our individual black and brown Americans to stand with us, but moreover individuals of other races. I deny to be one of those individuals who observes shameful acts and does nothing. I need to be a man my family can be pleased of, somebody who confronted tragedies and attempted to make a positive effect on the world, an individual who, 50 years from now, is recollected for standing for what was right, i50 years from now, is remembered for standing for what was right, even though it was not the preferred or simple choice.