In september 2017, several football players kneeled when the national anthem was played at the start of the match. America is far more patriotic – as a whole – then the UK so this is incredibly disrespectful to them.They did this to show America was no longer “the land of the free” because black rights are still far worse than you may think. Unfortunately, the president – Donald Trump – was incredibly angry with this and said “Until players stop disrespecting our flag and country, you could see changes take place. Fire or suspension!”
Personally, I think that they are in the rights of the American Bill Of Rights with the freedom of speech. This means everyone is allowed to express their opinions if it is legal. Obviously, you can’t say anything rude, racist, sexist or illegal (but you do have the freedom of thought to think those things as long as you don’t act upon them). As I was saying, kneeling is a way of expressing your opinion so to be fired or suspend shouldn’t be allowed. Then, when the president shared his opinion he was mixing sports and politics which is illegal in the NFL guidelines so if anyone should be punished it is him. As well as this, he is denying people’s freedom of speech which should not be allowed by the president.
Only black people keeled when this happened but the coaches, other white players, and owners linked arms to show they supported this movement. The Steelers couch -Mike Tomlin – said ” We won’t play politics,” showing ,despite most players supporting the ones who keeled, it was not the club that chose to do this but the choice of the individual. He then said ” If a guy wants to […] participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t be forced to pick a side.” This means that 2 players with different opinions on the matter shouldn’t then hate the players who do.
In conclusion, I believe that the players doing this are just expressing their freedom of speech. And, people shouldn’t be angry but there will always be people on the internet trying to get annoyed at something and we just have to except that.
-YellowOwl2, Graveney School (confident_horse)
(My sources were mainly the Guardian news paper and a complete copy of the bill of rights).
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