The controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, a move that clearly disrespects the US flag, even though black players insist that their actions are in support racial injustice.
President Trump, who first riled up both kneeling played and the NFL for allowing the demonstrations to happen during each game, has stood his ground in the matter, hoping to bring awareness to the lack of respect for the flag.
Two weeks after players first decided to kneel in protest to Trump’s initial remarks about kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, more players have continued the practice, and now some players have decided to raise their fist in protest.
This move to raise their closed fist is a symbolic representation for “Black Power.” On Oct.16, 1968, U.S. Track athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, both raised a black glove and stared away during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.” Carlos and Smith’s understandable “Black Power Salute” during the Mexico City Olympic games was in protest to the ongoing civil rights movement of the time.
There isn’t a civil rights movement occurring at the present time, so I don’t know what racial injustice is occurring for current athletes to do so. Black activists including former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started this shameful movement, point at few white cop on black assailant shooting incidents as the reason to protest, yet say nothing about black on black crimes.
— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) October 1, 2017