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The Importance Of Sports And Politics In Sports

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In recent years, America has seen a rise in police shootings of black men and women, as well as a response from the black community protesting against the injustice being brought upon their race. How exactly does this fit into the NFL? In the past, sports were sports and politics were politics, but since the civil rights era there has been an increase of politics in sports. From Tommie Smith and John Carlos in the 1968 Olympics to the present day Kaepernick wave of players kneeling during the anthem, many are on their side, many are confused, and many are enraged. Kneeling brought to light how black and white the issue is racially, the politics behind it, and how protests like these can help the black and other minority communities. While calling NFL players unpatriotic may be easy, one must first try to understand the mentality of these black athletes before attacking them for going against your own beliefs. Kaepernick started his protests Aug 14th, 2016 by sitting on the bench for three preseason games straight. It sparked controversy after a reporter posted a picture of the anthem, not specifically of Kaepernick. When asked why he sat for the anthem, Kaepernick stated that he’s “going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed...When there's significant change and [he feels] that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, [he’ll] stand." (SBNation). Kaepernick’s protest
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