Bigger than Deflate gate

by Mass02026 on October 3, 2016 - 11:53pm

People are quick to judge others based on their own personal biases. The influence of these biases can be seen in the case of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who has been deemed not only the most disliked player in the league, but also the most talked-about athlete in American sports (“Colin Kaepernick”). Traditionally players stand, most with their hand over their heart when the national anthem is played, however recently players have been following in the footsteps of Kaepernick and taking a knee. Kaepernick explained he isn’t going to show pride towards a flag that he believes oppressed people of color. This protest how now been quickly spreading amongst other NFL player’s teams and now local teams. Kaepernick’s initial movement has slowly began to spread across fields and courts in the county. As recently as this Sunday both college and professional athletes join together in protest after riots in Charlotte, N.C. and the killing of a black man in Tulsa, OK. (“National Anthem”). This protest is not something new, during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, while the anthem was playing two American Olympian runners, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in a black power salute during the medal ceremony (“Slavery”). Under the constitution people have the right to protest against things they don't believe in, but does that give others the right to tear them down and label them had bad people? People can’t be mad at others for standing up for what they believe in just because they don't agree. People need to be more understand and stop getting outraged about people enacting their right to protest. Especially because he is being peaceful about how he is trying to fight for what he believes in. People are outraged about what he and others are doing, and reacting so drastically. I think people should be able to freely express what they believe in without having to worry about the possible backlash they could receive. Click below to check out the article and see what you think. 

 

References

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Wellingham, A. (2016, August 31). Slavery and the national anthem: The surprising history behind Colin Kaepernick's protest. Retrieved September 26, 2016, from http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/29/sport/colin-kaepernick-flag-protest-ha...

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Comments

I was initially drawn in by the title because in football today what could possibly be bigger than deflate gate. Then i quickly remembered the movement that began with Colin Kaepernick. This seems to be an issue that is affecting all Americans and in glad that you pointed out the he is just exercising his first amendment rights. In my opinion though I would have to disagree with when you went on to say that it does not give others the right to tear him down and get outraged. I disagree with this because the rest of the nation is just expressing their feelings towards the subject just like Colin Kaepernick is.

This post initially drew me in because of the tile, I chose to open it up and when I started to read I was instantly intrigued. I had heard about the Colin Kaepernick situation before, when I first read up on it I was extremely interested to hear about what happened and people’s different views on what he had done. The topic you chose really motivated me to go on and read what you had to say. I found it very interesting to learn that in the past an incident like this one also occurred with the two American Olympic runners; I didn’t think that protests occurred such as in the same way Colin Kaepernick approached the issue. I find it interesting to learn about with he did and how people reacted so negatively towards it. In my own personal opinion I agree with what you are saying about how others should be allowed to express themselves in a way they chose as long as they are not causing harm to anyone and no one has the right to take that away from someone or diminish them because of the way they express themselves. When you said that people were attacking Colin Kaepernick for taking a stand and expressing his right to protest, it made me think of the topic of racism we studied in class. I feel as if people are attacking him based on the color of his skin and completely dismissing the whole important reason behind his protesting. By simply stereotyping him his act of protest is being reduced to hate towards America rather than taking a stand for the injustice that has been occurring.

What drew me to this post is the interest I have in this subject and also because the wide array of media attention it has received over the past couple of months. This topic is a bit of a mess to deal with as it is quite a touchy subject, but you did bring up some valid points and were able to construct a good basis for your argument. My initial reaction to this was that I wasn't going to really learn anything new because this topic has been talked about so frequently it would be hard to bring up any new or relevant insight on the subject. However, when you brought up the story of the two Olympic runners from 1968 in Mexico City I was surprised to learn that this isn't exactly a modern day idea. At first I was skeptical of Kaepernick's true intentions seeing he was on the verge of being cut by the 49ers and him making 19 million dollars a year. could he really be facing that much oppression? However, seeing all the other athletes he has inspired you realize he wasn't doing it for himself and you're right to say he shouldn't be frowned upon for standing up what he believes in. In the case of people being upset with Kaepernick I drew a connection to the concept of implicit racism. What if Kaepernick was white? Would he have drawn the same reaction that he has? Probably not. Although it is not done with a full conscious I believe people are upset because he's black and is making a stand. These negative comments towards Kaepernick only fuel his reasoning for what he's doing and makes a stronger case for himself. I think you exemplified this well in your article.

What drew me in was the title, but mostly because the title went hand in hand with the article I had just read. I agree what your post says, but I also disagree. Taking from the article I was just reading, “Land of ‘Some’ Free”, the writer made a good point that the NFL was allowing players to protest by kneeling while the National Anthem played, but players on the Dallas Cowboys couldn’t put decals on their helmet during the preseason games. So yes, I agree with the fact that people have to right to protest, but I don’t agree with the fact that some players are allowed, and others are not. It is unfair and biased to only let some exercise their right. But, they all work for the NFL, and like most other jobs, you can do whatever you’d like (reasonably) outside of work with your free time, but when you clock in, you’re on the job and go by your boss’s rules. So, if the NFL said that no one could protest during the games, I think that that is completely fair. However, you have to make sure that that rule is universal between all players.

The name originally drew me to this post because it was very intriguing. What could possibly be bigger than the well known deflate gate. It immediately made me have the need to read your blog. I completely agree with you in the fact that Everyone has the right to stand up for what they believe in. That belief is what made this entire country the greatest country on this Earth. This topic of standing up for what you believe n is a huge topic outside of football as well. Many people are afraid to truly say what they feel or think because of the backlash that they will receive from others. Never should America be afraid to speak its own mind like they so very much are in today era. My writing class is talking about political correctness and this seems to fall into the category of that. We are so use to seeing everyone put your hand over your heart to or hands held together behind your back and one of those politically correct actions are not followed everyone seems to judge and hate on that person. People said Kapernick was so disrespectful or politically incorrect for what he did.
When all he did was "kneel" for something he believed in
You should look into even more politically correct and incorrect actions because you will find many similar ideas like this one!

What drew me to this post was the title. I am a big fan when it comes to football and i understand everything that is going on. I agree with your post a thousand percent. Your post was straight to the point and very understandable. I really like when you stated, "Under the constitution people have the right to protest against things they don't believe in, but does that give others the right to tear them down and label them had bad people?" Never should we judge a person based on what he or her believes in. Doing so is like judging a person based on their religion.Mr. Colin's method of protesting involves nothing but a simple gesture. We should all stand up for what we believe in and we should never back down based on other people opinions, or the media perspective of it. This post can be related to my racism class in many ways. in today's society, mostly in america there is a lot of racism going, (in my opinion). The media are portraying and attacking him based on the colour of his skin. Yet do they know that his parents are half black and half white. Them doing so, shows that his protest means nothing at all. White American are so tin skinned based on this topic, but African Americans have been trough the good and bad and they still finds ways to overcome and live their daily lives. I am not on either side, but enough is enough. We should not look at Colin Kaepernick's way of standing up as a bad thing because he his doing it in silence and without violence. Finally, i just wanna say i really enjoyed your post and i liked the fact you did not pick sides, you looked at it from a perspective that most people wont look at, and this is what made your post really catch my attention.

I was drawn in by your title because living in New England while deflate gate was going on people made it seem like nothing could ever be bigger than Deflate gate. I was also drown in because my post was similar to yours as it discussed the same issue about players deciding not to stand for the anthem. I really like the fact that you discussed how this I not something completely new and several similar situations have occurred in sports because I feel like sometimes people forget that. Also I agree that everybody should be able to express themselves without being labeled as a “bad person” just because the are going against what is traditionally done.

This post intrigued me because its very relevant in the media today. I've watched football my whole life and theres always been headlines of different players in the headlines. With all of the headlines of race issues Colin Kaepernick is trying to make a statement that something about the race issue needs to happen in the united states. I agree that people need to be accepting of different opinions and that not everything they believe is right. I think people need to stand up for what they believe in and take into account other people's opinions. All eyes are on the NFL especially in the fall but a lot of people stay in tune with what is going on in the media there today.

This post intrigued me because its very relevant in the media today. I've watched football my whole life and theres always been headlines of different players in the headlines. With all of the headlines of race issues Colin Kaepernick is trying to make a statement that something about the race issue needs to happen in the united states. I agree that people need to be accepting of different opinions and that not everything they believe is right. I think people need to stand up for what they believe in and take into account other people's opinions. All eyes are on the NFL especially in the fall but a lot of people stay in tune with what is going on in the media there today.

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