The Importance Of Protest In The NFL

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The NFL represents “The National Football League,” which is a professional American football league containing thirty-two teams. Over the past year to present time, there has been quite a lot of controversy within the league. There has been a major political issue with select NFL players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before kickoff. The kneeling of players is executed to represent a form of silent protest. The NFL players kneeling believe that there are prevailing issues in our nation that need to be brought to the public’s attention. According to the philosopher, Boxill, protest is meant to not only stop the injustice happening, but show self-respect. The injustice that the NFL players are silently protesting against during the playing of the national anthem, is police brutality and racial inequalities occurring in the United States. The issue behind the protest should be addressed, but the way the NFL is allowing players to kneel during a time which celebrates patriotism and the symbolic representation of our country, should not be allowed.
The protest first began in the NFL when a player from the San Francisco 49ers sat, and then kneeled during the national anthem. His other teammates remained standing. Ever since the first player, Colin Kaepernick, kneeled during the anthem, it has started a widespread protest encouraging other teams in the NFL to join. The reasons behind the protest such as police brutality and racial inequalities are extensive

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