The NFL players are kneeling down as a form of protest towards racial injustice in the country, but many people, including the president, consider that to be a sign of disrespect towards the flag. On Sept. 15, president Donald Trump, called the NFL players who are kneeling down, SoBs and think they should be fired and that the NFL should be stricter with its players.
NFL players should be able to kneel down during the national anthem as a form of peaceful protesting.
The First Amendment of the Constitution states that every citizen of the United States has freedom of speech. Donald Trump said that the NFL should be strict on their player’s freedom to state their opinion, but that’s not what the First Amendment is about. He also said that they should get fired which is unconstitutional. Banning someone’s right to speak up is not the best solution. Everyone should be encouraged to exercise their rights.
There is a whole list of rules for “The Star Spangled Banner” that everyone breaks and no one is calling it out. One of the rules is that the flag should not be used as a clothing item. Nobody seems to be aware that buying a shirt with the flag on it, is dishonoring it. Everybody walks around with their shirts like proud Americans. Other rules, that are often broken, include that the flag should not be stored in a way that it could easily be torn or damaged, a design or picture should not be attached to it, it should also not be used for advertising purposes, and many more. All of these rules are broken on a daily basis. Citizens who own a flag don’t always treat it with the respect it deserves and no one seems to care, but when football players kneel down during the national anthem, it’s a big deal. They actually try to be as respectful as possible while showing that they don’t agree with what America has become.
Opposition might say that it’s not showing respect to the soldiers who have died for our country, but kneeling actually shows respect for those who have lost a limb. Even though they are football players and should set a good example, they are also citizens who have the right to protest for what they think it’s right.
Trump’s proposal of firing the players is a bad one. The NFL players should continue to use their rights and protest racial injustice in the country, so America can become a better place.