#TaketheKnee Is About Justice, not President Trump


I don't claim to speak for all my fellow veterans, but from the conversations I have had I think the majority share my anger and frustration at the lack of respect shown for our flag and for our nation. As a result, players on almost every National Football League team showed some type of solidarity by kneeling or linking arms before Sunday's games.

"The owners are clearly united in a sense that the attacks on the game, on the NFL, on the players were unfair and unfounded, and that there was unity among the group", Lockhart said, noting that about two-thirds of the 32 team owners were at league headquarters this week for committee meetings.

By Sunday evening, there were reports that more than 100 players had knelt, sat or otherwise signaled protests during the anthem. "Why should I stand for a flag that represents a country where African American aren't technically free", she questions. To me, if they were coming together like this in the immediate aftermath of Colin Kaepernick, it would have resonated more profoundly. The coach said it's about more than that. If you wanted to see Philadelphia act as one city, you just had to experience the parade that followed the Phillies' 2008 World Series victory.

Over 200 NFL team owners made a decision to send a message of team unity by kneeling during the national anthem earlier this week in opposition to Trump's comments.

President Trump spoke at a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama and continued to express his disapproval over protests of the national anthem which took place - at the time - by a limited number of players across the NFL.

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Jackson pointed to data that suggests twice as many white people are killed in police confrontations than black people each year.

"I anticipate us doing something together", Shanahan continued.

Jones said no promises were made to Trump about the team's future actions during the anthem, even though that's how some interpreted the tweet. His words are clear. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color". What was intended as a protest against racial injustice was twisted and bent into a protest against President Donald Trump. When you talk about oppression, when you talk about prejudice, when you talk about brutality on the part of police officers, can someone tell me what specifically has been done to address those issues that Colin Kaepernick supposedly was directing our ire towards? He said he's just waiting for a call.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who didn't protest during the anthem, said he regrets not being out on the field during "The Star-Spangled Banner". And then fast forward to Charlottesville and the country sees what an un-American protest really looks like and that's when I had my change of heart.

On Monday, Reid wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times which included his thoughts about President Trump's comments.



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