National Anthem Protests

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/09/28/nebraska-national-anthem-protests-have-three-players-at-the-center-of-a-free-speech-storm/

The topic of athletes kneeling or raising a fist during the National Anthem sure seems to be a hot one right now. This is a topic that everyone wants to talk about and its something that is showing how divided America can be. America loves conflict. If things are going just well enough and people are getting along, something will always come along to cause an argument.

I love this country and because of that I see the real, awful problems we face as a country. There are lots of problems in America, too many to name. But there is also a lot of good in America. I think the National Anthem is a symbol of that. I think with how divided we are as a nation that there should be one thing to unify us, the National Anthem. I understand the freedom of speech, that is part of why America is so great, I just wish we could truly respect the Anthem and have it unify us.

While I understand why this protest is occurring, I think there is a better way to go about it. Especially when wearing a uniform, playing for any sports team. When a player is in uniform, they represent a whole lot more than just themselves. They represent an entire community and area.

Losing a loved one in the military is a terrible thing. Fathers, Mothers, Brothers, and Sisters are lost everyday fighting to protect us. At the funeral, the coffin is covered in an American Flag, that flag is then given to someone they loved. Someone they died to protect. When so many die protecting us and the flag means so much to a lot of people that experience a feeling of loss everyday, it comes off as disrespectful when a player doesn’t seem to care about the sacrifices that have been made.

I believe these are difficult issues and they need to be talked about. I just think there is a better way to protest the mistreatment of minorities. I think the National Anthem should be a time of respect and memory for the fallen.

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