The Public Pulse: Flag, anthem aren't the problem

The Public Pulse: Flag, anthem aren't the problem

The Public Pulse: Flag, anthem aren't the problem

While many professional athletes are taking a knee, the Lackawanna County Council of Veterans are taking a stand and released an official statement about recent events of NFL players protesting during the National Anthem.

The 49ers issued a statement saying the demonstration was meant to show unity, love and brotherhood. Now they earn millions of dollars a year, and what do they do to earn this income?

"And as we talked about it, we came up with taking a knee". Players from other teams stayed in their locker rooms until the playing of the anthem finished.

While Trump is trying to divide us we should be coming together.

The collective bargaining agreement between the league's 32 owners and its players is due for renewal in 2021, when the feasibility of an worldwide team is bound to be on the agenda.

It was a view defended by some Trump faithful in the stands, and the president seized the argument to rally them to his side as a sort of cultural divider. Their actions are being read as something altogether different, a strong disapproval of the flag and the country itself.

Most players in the early games Sunday stood for the national anthem, with a few exceptions.

"As we have in previous broadcasts of NFL games from London, Fox will show the National Anthem as well as God Save the Queen live". On the Miami Dolphins' sideline, three players were on one knee during the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner". This should be concerning to any American, no matter how they feel about the protests, as the suggestion of a private entity - let alone the government - censoring its employees is a blatant violation of these players' civil liberties and right to free speech.

"I don't care what the president said. I've never said anything about race", Trump said September 24. Last week we stood for the flag. Punter Johnny Hekker had his arm around him.


Before most National Football League games, the flag is being disrespected by just being held out on the field.

That must be why the policy also says "Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice (s) for violations of the above, including first offenses".

The anthem protests continue throughout the NFL season, with some teams even electing to not take the field during the national anthem.

Several Buffalo Bills players took a knee during the anthem before the game against the Atlanta Falcons; most Bills players stood with their arms linked.

"They certainly have the right to express whatever they want", says Ryan Doyle, 19, a college student and Democratic-leaning independent from Manhattan Beach, Calif., who was among those surveyed. Last week, 32 Broncos knelt and nearly all of the Raiders sat on their bench during the anthem. The expectation is that our athletes will stand for the national anthem. Defensive end Michael Bennett continued his stance of sitting during the anthem, but was joined by the entire Seahawks defensive line and linebacker Michael Wilhoite.

Regardless, the Museum of Modern Art has made a decision to wade into the political maelstrom by displaying former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's jersey in its NY facility, as Quartz reported.

San Francisco followed that up with its own demonstration against the Cardinals on Sunday.

The NFL, a league that comprises almost seventy percent black players is taking a knee against the oppression that has weighed on the backs of every person of color since the United States was founded.

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