A Sign Of Reverence, Not Disrespect By Luke Bretherton

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In the article, “Taking a Knee has Always Been a Sign of Reverence, Not Disrespect,” Luke Bretherton discusses the event of the black football players kneeling during the national anthem at a game. Bretherton argues that the kneeling is not a sign of disrespect, but yet a symbol of great respect and veneration. He claims that the posture of kneeling has always has been proven to display “a gesture of great love and devotion,” a request for a deeper level of a relationship, and to raise awareness of an emergency (Bretherton 2). Bretherton then combines all of these symbols and presents his argument, stating that the athletes were kneeling in protest for several reasons: the players were encouraging the people of America to join them in a …show more content…

It was upon these concepts of liberty, justice for all, and equality that became the foundation of America and its government. Many citizens claim that these ideals are still believed in and upheld today, yet the black NFL football players who kneeled during the national anthem at a game believe otherwise. According to Bretherton, the black players such as Kaepernick and Reid kneeled to “raise the question of why citizens of color, despite the promise of equality, still live (and die) as lesser Americans” (Bretheron 2). The players took a knee in order to raise awareness and bring attention to the discrimination colored citizens of America are facing today, such as police brutality. Although the players kneeled to invite the people of America to enter with them in a new, deeper kind of a relationship, where all are given mutual respect, the public misunderstood this act of courage as an act of disrespect and incivility towards America. These people, including President Trump, claim that the players are “disrespecting ‘our country, our flag [and] our national anthem” (Bretherton 1). The dilemma, thus, is that our

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