Kneeling In Racism

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Kneeling during the National Anthem: Over the past several months, athletes have kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem at sporting events. These athletes are doing this to protest social injustices, specifically those involving police brutality and African-Americans. After the president, “denounced protests by NFL players and rescinded a White House invitation for NBA champion Stephen Curry in a two-day rant that targeted top professional athletes,” more athletes began to protest (“First MLB Player to Kneel”). On Saturday, Bruce Maxwell, a bi-racial player for the Oakland A’s, became the first MLB player to kneel. Following the protest, Maxwell became the target of racial slurs. Many people believed he was disrespecting the military and the flag by doing this. Maxwell shared that he had many family members in the military and this had nothing to do with disrespecting them or any other service members. His decision to do this was fueled by his own experiences with racism growing up. He went on to say that the protest had everything to do with demanding equality for everyone regardless of race or gender. The organization released a statement saying they respect his decision and he also received support from his fellow white teammates. The simple act of kneeling has created a much needed dialogue across the nation and given a voice to people who don’t have one. “Oakland A’s Player Becomes First MLB Player to Kneel During National Anthem.” News 9, 24 Sept.

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