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National anthem article response

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  • What really surprised me is that a star football player. Someone that gets paid a lot just to run up and down the field or the stand on the side lines.

    Probably ruined his career over him not wanting to do the national anthem, because he thinks that all the police are against blacks.
    What kaepernick is doing is trying to get it to where the world is all blacks and no whites. Because he thinks that the reason we do the national anthem is because of the whites. We basically have the national anthem for the freedom so there is no more slavery in this world. At this point I think that everyone should respect the fact that we have the national anthem because if it wasn’t for the national anthem we would not have freedom and for that slavery would still be going on. Another thing is when Kaepernick had the socks on during practice to aim for the cops and how they are “rogue cops” that “put the community to danger” I think that is just wrong because cops have helped a lot throughout this community by getting the sick and dangerous people out they are just killing blacks they kill whites to. People are just making it sound like cops are only killing blacks.

    I feel that it is great that we do the national anthem because it helps remind people that if it wasn’t for the national anthem then we probably wouldn't be doing what we are doing now. We would probably wouldn’t be doing what we do know. We probably wouldn’t have a world.

    "This article was VERY controversial, but it showed many different views. I believe Kaepernick has a right to stand up for what he believes in because I can totally understand where he is coming from." I see what grace is coming from here but I also disagree with her because Kaepernick so be happy that there is no slavery in the world because of that flag. Another thing the flag helped us with is our freedom we have.
  • In the article the most surprising thing was Kaepernick’s mom actually said/tweeted that he was bringing shame because you figure most parents would support their kids on what they believe in. Obviously in this situation that the Black Lives Matter protest has gone too far.

    Kaepernick says, “ To me, this is something that has to change and when there is significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it is supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way it’s supposed to, then I’’ll stand.” He’s just making a fool of himself because the flag is representing what people have fought hard for many years ago for. It’s representing the Civil War when people in the North and South fought to banish slavery, and obviously they have accomplished that. The flag is representing all the people in the air force, navy, coast guard, army, marine corps, and the national guard who have all trained to fight for every single person in this country to feel safe as they sleep in their own place and as they walk outside every morning. The BLM protest is honestly people just trying to get more money from the government.

    Personally it’s ridiculous because of what the national anthem means itself. Oh, say can you see, By the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed,(till this point it means that since long ago we are proud of this country) At the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars,(The U.S. has accomplished something great) Through the perilous fight,(There was a war) O'er the ramparts we watched,(Watched the battle over a barrier to protect us) Were so gallantly streaming. And the rocket's red glare,(We won the battle and celebrated with fireworks) The bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night, That our flag was still there.(Nothing stopped them to stop fighting through the night) Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave, For the land of the free, and the home of the brave.( The flag is waving in the pride and glory of the freedom people have fought for in this country to get away from Great Britain) The athletes who refuse to stand and acknowledge that the 56 people that grew the balls and signed the Declaration of Independence that says we are our own country and not ruled by Great Britain.

    I agree with Makayla because yes, we do live in the United States and we have freedoms that many people in other countries do not have. But, people in this country misuse, mistreat, and misunderstands what freedom actually is.
  • What surprised me was that Kaepernick remained seated during the National Anthem because since he’s a football player it seems like he’d stand because he wants to support the troops, but he didn’t.


    I already knew about how he didn’t stand for the National Anthem, but I didn’t know why he didn’t stand.

    In my opinion I think that any and every athlete should stand for the National Anthem, because they have soldiers fighting for them and then they get all this good money just to play a game of football. If I were in the NFL and the National Anthem came on I’d instantly stand up because my uncle has been deployed to Afghanistan twice so I’d stand and show my respect for him doing that because you never know if he get’s shot or killed. The fact that Kaepernick stated “I think there’s a lot of consequences that come along with this. There’s a lot of people that don’t want to have this conversation; they’re scared they might lose their job or they might not get the endorsements, they might not be treated the same way, and those are things I’m prepared to handle and those are things that, you know, other people might not be ready for. It’s just a matter of where you’re at in your life, where your mind’s at.” The fact that he says that cops are paid to kill innocent people confirmed what I believed. I didn’t really mind that they protested during the national anthem.

    I agree with Dalton because cops have been killing black people for being who they are pretty much.
  • I was surprised that Kaepernick remained seated during the star spangled banner because people usually stand up in order to show their respect to those who have sacrificed their lives to protect this country's freedom and independence.

    Before reading this article I hadn’t heard anything about the controversy.
    The fact that Kaepernick stated “I think there’s a lot of consequences that come along with this. There’s a lot of people that don’t want to have this conversation; they’re scared they might lose their job or they might not get the endorsements, they might not be treated the same way, and those are things I’m prepared to handle and those are things that, you know, other people might not be ready for. It’s just a matter of where you’re at in your life, where your mind’s at.” The fact that he says that cops are paid to kill innocent people confirmed what I believed. I didn’t really mind that they protested during the national anthem.

    I agree with Sydney Haakenson when she says people should always stand up during the national anthem, unless they have a medical condition that enables them to stand for long periods of time.
  • Everyone has their own rights to do what they want. But when Kaepernick sat down during the National Anthem everyone was very shocked. People thought that he was trying to show a disgrace to our country but in reality he was doing what he believed in.

    The whole point of the National Anthem is stand up and pay your respects to the people who fought for this country. Even Kaepernick's own birth mother tweeted that she was ashamed in him for doing that.

    What surprised me was that people don't stand while the national anthem is going. This was the first I heard about it because, you should always stand up during it, unless you have medical condition or something and you can't.

    I think that all the athletes should stand while the National Anthem is going. In my opinion I think some of them may be doing it for attention. It is their decision for what they decided to do with their lives and how they feel about the National Anthem. Everybody has their own beliefs and no one can stop them for what they believe in and what they don't believe in. A quote from the article that backs up my answer is what Drew said about it “sacred,” and I agree with it because I think that you should stand up for the flag because people fought for our country and people need to honor that. Even if you don't believe in it, I think personally you should stand because a lot died to save this country that we live in today.
  • I personally support what Colin Kaepernick is trying to do by sitting down during the national anthem. Something needs to change in our police system so that these shootings can’t happen as frequently as they do. A protest like what Kaepernick has started is a great way to draw attention to the issue and get people talking about it. However, by protesting in the way that Kaepernick has, he has started another debate entirely.

    Reading and listening to the debates about this topic on social media reveals that many people aren’t even discussing the issue that this protest is about. Instead they opt to ignore that issue and debate whether or not it is acceptable to sit out of the national anthem. I disagree with Mr. Polking in that I think that what Kaepernick chose to do was a good way to call a lot of attention to to the Black Rights Matter movement. While the protest has caused a lot of controversy as well as contempt for the Black Rights Matter movement, I find it hard to think of a protest that people would pay attention to, that wouldn’t.

    I agree with Levi said in his response to the article. “I believe Kaepernick is trying to do the right thing, and there is obviously a problem with not all policemen, but the certain corrupt ones that Colin is trying to bring to the attention of the public and the media.” Many people seem to think that Kaepernick is doing this just to disrespect all members of the military and various police forces across the country, but the article stated that ““he’s not against the military service members who “fight for liberty and justice for everyone.””
  • A lot of people have many different views on this topic. I think that it’s okay for everyone to voice their concerns.

    What surprised me most was that Colin Kaepernick still decided to sit through the National Anthem even when there were marines, Navy SEALS, sailors, and soldiers performing throughout the stadium. He has the right to do what he believes in, but I think he should’ve at least stood up to show that he is thankful for what all of the people in the army do for him by protecting his country. It also surprised me that Colin’s own birth mother was disappointed in him for his decision to sit during the anthem.

    The part in the article that contradicted what I already believed were the parts where it said that other football players are also sitting down during the National Anthem. I thought that Colin Kaepernick was the only one who sat during the anthem, but now there are more players who are starting to sit during it.

    I think that athletes using the National Anthem as a time to protest is not a good thing. They should at least show pride for show pride for the song that represents the country where they live. I believe that they can protest for the way they think that they are treated, but I don’t think during the National Anthem is a good time. I think that it shows people that they don’t care about their country or the history of it. Kaepernick said that he’ll stand when the “flag represents what it is supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way it’s supposed to”. I think that he has the right to think this, but I still think that he should’ve stood during the anthem.

    I agree with Rylee Ludwig when she states that she doesn’t understand why Kaepernick used the National Anthem to protest. I think that Kaepernick could have protested in a different way. I also agree with Rylee when she says that the National Anthem supports people fighting in wars for our freedom.
  • San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained seated while his teammates stood with their hand over their hearts for “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Kaepernick is tired of just watching all these innocent people getting killed everyday in the streets and now is taking a silence stand. Kaepernick shares with us a personal story about police pointing guns at him, while he was moving his friend. Kaepernick’s goal is to stop this ugly violence and to speak out for those who don’t have a voice. I was very surprised by how his own birth mother commented that he was “bringing shame.” This really surprised me because his mom isn’t even standing up for him.

    I had heard on the news about NFL players not standing during the National Anthem including Kaepernick. I knew that Kaepernick wanted to raise awareness of the unfair way black individuals are treated. The Nation Anthem represents our country and the soldiers fighting for our country across seas; I believe that is not the appropriate time or place to take a stand for what you believe. I think that it is a disrespectful and rude to stay seated during the National Anthem, when there are men and women risking their live for our freedom. “I am going to continue to stand with the people who are being oppressed,” said Kaepernick in an interview on Sunday. I understand that this is a free country and he has the right to protest if he wants but I think he should take a different approach.

    I agree with Emma Perkins because those men and women go out on the battlefield everyday and risk their life. I feel we should respect them for that reason because they also have families back here in the United States. Kaepernick has the constitutional right to speak about what he believes, but I think he should have took a different approach and at different setting. We live in the United States and the Constitutional gives us the right to be free; so I agree with Emma.
  • I was surprised by the fact that an american football player would decide not to stand for the natiinal anthem, especially during a football game watched by thousands, or millions. The article confirmed my thought that, even though Americans live in America, they do not necessarily have to be patriotic. I do not have a problem with Kaepernick's choice, although it does surprise me. If he chooses to sit or stand during the playing of the national anthem, that is his choice entirely. It is just surprising that he would choose a widely watched football game to do so. "To me, this is something that has to change and when there is significant changeand I feel that that flag represents what it's supposed to represent and this country is representing people the ways it's supposed to, then l'll stand." I agree with Grace Friel, and that the media only seems to be focusing on Kaepernick, although other players are, and have been doing, the same thing.
  • I support Kaepernick but at the same time I don’t support him. Mostly because what he is doing isn’t really wrong, because he has his freedom of speech and he has the right to do what he is doing, but at the same time he said most people are around if they stand up they might lose their job or something, and he said he wasn’t afraid of losing his job, pretty much only because if he were to only play one game, the money he would make just form that could support him for the rest of his life, so he wouldn’t really care if he lost his job or not, a quote to support this would be “At this point, I’ve been blessed to be able to get this far and have the privilege of being in the NFL and making the kind of money I make and enjoy the luxuries like that…”
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