The backfire of Trumps' tweets against the NFL kneeling

by Eva Castro on December 3, 2017 - 1:28am

The backfire of Trumps' tweets against the NFL kneeling  

The article ''NFL Players Protest Trump's Remarks'' by Ken Belson talks about the outcome of the Tweet of the President of the United States of America; Donald Trump. The president did a post in Tweeter protesting about the player's act of kneeling last year which raised awareness and made more players kneel. But during this year Trump has repeatedly criticized the NFL on Twitter, calling for a boycott of the league and for teams to ban their players from kneeling during the anthem. Through this article we learn that instead of stopping the growth of players kneeling during the national anthem before a game it all back fires. The article tells that this movement started after the last years' quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to bring attention to police brutality. But what really fueled the big wave of kneeling during the anthem was the speech President Donald Trump gave on September 22. Some people where really disappointed by Trump's comments such as Robert Kraft who is the owner of the New England Patriots and a friend of Trump’s. The article informs us that the movement that had started with only one player has grown a lot.  Now, not only more and more players are kneeling and/or linking arms but even the Dallas Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones took the field and knelt before the national anthem. This movement has caused a big debate, there are those who believe that the act of kneeling during the anthem is disrespectful and those who think that it is a good way to bring attention to police brutality. In my opinion the President Donald Trump should not be mad or worried by the fact that the athletes are taking a knee during the anthem since they are still honoring it but on another way. At the same time, I understand that we cannot tell the president Donald Trump to stop posting tweets regarding the job removal of the NFL players since he has a right to say or write what he believes or thinks. In my opinion it is better to kneel during the anthem than cause a rally where two groups could affront themselves like at Charlottesville where there could be a lot of victims. It is better to fight violence with peace than violence with violence, since the outcome could only be more violence and the message or goal could be lost. I believe this is a great idea to bring awareness to the problem of police brutality in a non-violent manner. The Athletes are using the filed to bring awareness to their community and they are becoming a good role model because of that. Since we all have the right to say what we believe or stand for, would telling the NFL players to not take knee during the anthem obstruct their free speech?

 

Ken Belson. ''NFL Players Protest Trump's Remarks.'' New York Times Upfront, September 26, 2017,https://upfront.scholastic.com/pages/news/2017-18/nfl-players-protest-trump-s-remarks.html. December 02, 2017