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Colin Kaepernick's Protesting Controversy

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Since the signing of the First Amendment in 1787, Americans have protested, utilizing their right of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Protesting comes in many forms. Most protests are peaceful; however, some others involve violence. Protests have shaped the United States of America, and without them, the United States wouldn’t exist. One protest that has become a major controversy involves San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He has refused to stand during the National Anthem of a “country that oppresses black people and people of color” (Gajanan). While many are saying that Kaepernick is disrespecting the troops and must stand for his country, we must remember the First Amendment, which gives us the right of free speech, allowing all of us, regardless of our race or religion, the right to express ourselves without interference from the government. Time.com’s Mahita Gajanan recently wrote an article titled: “Colin Kaepernick and a Brief History of Protest in Sports”. The main idea of the article is that throughout history, many athletes have used their fame to convey their ideas. This purpose of the article is to open the eyes of sports fans, veterans, those who are uninformed, and critics of Kaepernick. In the midst of…show more content…
Instead of attacking Kaepernick, she instead lists other instances where athletes have protested. Since she describes other cases of athlete protests. Among other protests, she mentions the football protest in which “five St. Louis Rams players took the field… with the ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ pose made iconic by the protests in Ferguson” (Gajanan). She is trying to guarantee that the audience will conclude that Kaepernick was not the first to protest, and therefore force them to reconsider their criticism of Kaepernick. Some argue that Kaepernick’s is protesting to get attention, however, his real intention is to bring attention to racial injustice
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