The republican President Donald Trump has done it again. Just as his comments promoting a moral equivalency between hate groups and those who oppose them when he referred to the mid-August 2017 rally sponsored by hate groups in Charlottesville, VA which turned violent, brought peoples together in opposition to his racist comments, there has been a repeat reaction with his words against NFL players who kneel in protest during the playing of the US national anthem.
Conservatives en masse feel that not standing is automatically dishonoring our country and is definitely unpatriotic. Most democrats believe the opposite. They think that what makes this country great, is the right for peoples to to protest when a symbol, the American flag which represents equal opportunity, fairness, etc., is not measuring up to its promise, as when our Black brothers and sisters are being treated unfairly when confronted by law enforcement.
Many in the NFL are emulating the former pro-quarterback Colin Kaepernick who took the controversial stance of kneeling at a game while the national anthem was playing, in protest to numerous unarmed Black men being fatally shot by police.
Colin Kaepernick has paid a high price for his protest, as he has been black-balled by the NFL football league. Although he is a perfectly qualified quarterback, he has not been signed up by any of the teams which are in desperate need of competent quarterbacks.
The following Statement by Robert Kraft is from the Patriots website. Mr. Kraft has been a strong supporter of the republican President Donald Trump to where he even donated a million dollars to the presidents campaign. He is the same one whose super-bowl ring ended up being a gift to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
STATEMENT FROM PATRIOTS CHAIRMAN AND CEO ROBERT KRAFT
“I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday. I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger. There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics. I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”
On September 24, 2017, Elliot C. McLaughlin of CNN penned the following report, “These are the NFL players protesting today amid Trump criticism.”
“In Sunday morning tweets (9/24/17), Trump renewed his criticism of the protests, slamming the league’s ratings and saying players should be fired or suspended for such protests. On Saturday (9/23/17), he called for NFL owners to fire any “son of a bitch“ who “disrespects our flag.”
“Rather than taking a knee, most NFL players opted for a show of unity Sunday (9/24/17), locking arms ahead of their games amid criticism from President Trump who slammed players opting to protest during the national anthem.”