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Protest Of The NFL Protest And The Protest In The Anthem

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Recently NFL players have decided to kneel during the playing of the national anthem. The reason they are doing this is to protest a number of things ranging from the unfair treatment of African Americans to protesting against various things in their local communities. The protests started out as just a few players taking knees during the anthem, but this past week it escalated to the majority of the NFL taking part in some sort of protest. What sparked these players to join in was a tweet by Donald Trump that read, “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. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!” (Trump). This tweet led most NFL players to take part in their teammates protest to join in solidarity. While many people believe that these non violent protests are effective, there is also a large number of people who believe that these protests are disrespectful to our flag and country. They want their professional athletes to stick to sports and not make it so political. James Robbins shared his opinion on these protests in an opinion piece for USA Today. He believes that the protests are taking away from the fun stating, “The NFL is on a politically correct suicide course, alienating fans and wrecking ratings”(Robbins). He goes on to say that Colin Kaepernick started this issue by taking a knee
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