Persuasive Essay On Police Violence

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On February 26, 2012, 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. Over the next few years, the media would cover his death, the deaths of Eric Garner, Sandra Bland and countless other African Americans who have died because of police brutality. To protest this and the need for reform in the criminal justice system, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem of NFL football games. Since then, other players have followed suit. On September 22, 2017, while at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, President Trump stated to a crowd of supporters “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!” and later continued his rant on twitter tweeting “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect … our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem …”. I disagree with President Trump’s argument that NFL players are showing disrespect to our country because they’re protesting to bring awareness to police brutality, protests are protected under the first amendment, and this is a display of what the US flag represents. To understand why NFL players aren’t disrespecting our country, you have to look at why they’re kneeling in the first place. For years now we’ve seen

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