With the Rise of Injustice, the Anthem Protests Are Just What We Need
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With the recent escalation of police brutality and the unfortunate murders of innocent black lives, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has been growing. People have been protesting and spreading awareness through social media, posters, protests, debates, and more. One of the new ways to protest is through the national anthem, which unfortunately has become very controversial.
Known supporters through the media have included olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, professional football players Bruce Irvin, Malcolm Smith, Eli Harold, Eric Reid, Colin Kaepernick, etcetera.
These athletic supporters have shown their civil disobedience by raising a fist, kneeling on a knee, or by resisting the norm of keeping your hand over your heart during the playing of the national anthem.The actions taken are done in order to spread awareness of the current issues that communities of color are experiencing in the United States.
Many people believe protesting during the national anthem is disrespectful to people who have served for the United States and the country itself due to the lack of patriotism. Patriotic citizens believe that the only way to show how grateful someone is for the country they live in is through the respect of the flag and the national anthem.
Doing anything opposing this would mean disrespect and hatred; therefore, some believe there is no reason for them to live in the country.
Those who have protested are not doing so because they hate the country they live in, but because they believe there is an issue that should be fixed. In this case in particular, it involves police brutality and the oppression of people of color.
However, protesting the heinous act of the murders of innocent lives is merely their first amendment. Police brutality against people of color has been a never ending problem that should be fixed and the recent increase of issues should be remedied.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” says Kaepernick. It is finally time to stand up for years of oppression. There are many lives at stake if people decide to keep quiet about an ongoing issue.
Although complying and standing with a hand over your heart is considered to be respectful, these people are protesting for a reason and they are trying to send a message that our country is unjustly handling things, further represents how corrupt and dysfunctional our social system is.