For better or worse, one of the most discussed and debated topics across the country this past week has been the recent controversy over whether athletes should be taking a knee during the national anthem. The arguments over kneeling were ignited in 2016, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to protest racism and police brutality by sitting during the anthem, later changing his strategy and taking a knee instead.
Players who take a knee are protesting racism toward colored people in the United States. SB Nation reports that Eric Reid, who protested alongside Kaepernick, wrote in The New York Times “We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.” Continue reading “To Stand or Not to Stand: Thoughts on National Anthem Kneeling”