Kaepernick’s protest influences local teens to join him
A couple weeks ago Colin Kaepernick stirred up some media attention when he decided to sit during the national anthem. “I will not show pride in a flag for country that oppresses black people and people of color” he told ESPN, according to CNN.com
Some took major offense to this and others decided to join him. This included six Rock Island football players Friday Sept. 23 and another Rocky volleyball Thursday, Sept. 29th. Although the Moline student section didn’t agree with her actions and booed her (according to QCOnline).
There is definitely an issue of oppressing people of color in our country, but sitting/kneeling for our national anthem isn’t necessarily the correct way to protest this issue. According to our United States Flag Code “persons present are expected to stand and face the flag, if there is one.”
Standing for the national anthem is just something you do because it respects our country, and sitting during it is somewhat disrespectful towards our veterans as well.
On the other hand, individuals have the right to protest and telling them they can't would go against the First Amendment. It's definitely not honoring our country but at the same time they are technically doing nothing wrong and have the right to do so. It also is unnecessary for the students to boo the Rocky volleyball player because she has the right to silently protest no matter their opinions.
At this point sitting/kneeling during the national anthem is causing more backlash and hate than its intended purpose. If an athlete were to speak up about the issue of oppressing colored people in our country it would impact Americans more because NFL players have lots of fans and student athletes are often respected by their peers as well.