Sitting Down for what is Right

by scapizzi on September 25, 2016 - 4:09pm

            From football fans to political enthusiasts, the entire nation was spurring with debate about star Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers. The country was in shock to see Kaepernick sitting down during the National Anthem. Many Americans found this to be completely disrespectful to not only our veterans and soldiers, but to America itself. But what many individuals failed to see was that this act was not an act of derision, but father a plea for change. In fact, by sitting down, Kaepernick was taking the ultimate stand against social injustice towards minorities. Aware of the hardship that he would be facing in both his career and in his personal life, he acted in this manor send a message. A message that the country we live in is not a country deserving of praise under these current conditions. Other athletes such as Serena Williams and Lebron James have also made efforts against social injustice. In fact some athletes are even donating large sums of money to organizations pushing towards eradicating social injustice. For example, Kaepernick has promised to donate the first million of his 11.9 million dollar salary to foundations in need (Witz, 2016). To tackle social injustice as a whole, we as a society need to not place blame upon one another, but to join together and create solutions. This article both creates awareness for the cause and shows how people are acting already to make a change. This is incredibly important in shaping a world that will be both safe and tolerant. 

 

 

Bibliography:

Witz, B. (2016, September 01). This Time, Colin Kaepernick Takes a Stand by Kneeling. Retrieved September 25, 2016, from http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/sports/football/colin-kaepernick-kneels-national-anthem-protest.html?_r=0  

Comments

I chose this post because I think that there is a lot of confusion when it comes for fighting for justice. However I think that there is not an issue when someone is fighting for justice in non-violence manner. I agree with you that people should learn and practice to fight for what is right in non-violence manner.

I chose this post because first of all there is a lot to say on it but second of all it is a very debatable act that everyone has their point of view on it. I understand the fact that Collin did it to protest against the "racism" and the inequalities provided by some police agents towards black people and I think it is fair to say that we must do something about it. Where I don't agree is the way he choses to do it, by kneeling down during the national anthem, because by doing that he disrespect all the other agents that are probably also against this but are being put in the same ship as every law enforcement agent. He is also disrespecting the military who are protecting their country with their own life, the civilians of the U.S.A and by all means, the country itself, the country that gave him the chance to win millions every years, the country that gave him freedom and the country that gave him the influence that he has right now, but I think that he need to learn how to use this influence if he wants to convince people.

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