Don’t question the protests, find a solution
The recent National Football League’s protest intended to bring light to racial inequality in the United States. The method of protest, started by former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, began as kneeling during the National Anthem in 2016. The movement spread and was joined by other NFL players through the course of the year.
We, editors of The Eagle, believe that while these actions are wrong, they are protected by the First Amendment. While it is in anyone’s capability and rights to do the wrong thing, the ability can never justify the action. We believe that it is a blatant disrespect our country and those in the military who are fighting for their right to disrespect our country.
Kaepernick’s method of protest is unpatriotic and disrespectful to veterans, some of whom have sacrificed their ability to stand in order to give us the option to stand during the National Anthem. His disrespect shown by kneeling during the National Anthem is doing nothing productive to help the cause he is protesting.
We believe that there are other methods of protest that could be more effective in the fight against racial inequality rather than sitting or kneeling during the National Anthem. We don’t believe that disrespect for our country is the right way to protest something like racial inequality.
We also understand and recognize that there is a problem in our country. Injustices need to be brought to light. People need to talk about it. But instead of asking why it is happening, or plan on boycotting the NFL, ask a different question? How can we fix the problem. What can we do as individuals to contribute and find a solution? Instead of wasting your time complaining about the protests, find a resolution so there is no longer a need for one.
American sniper, Chris Kyle’s wife, Taya Kyle, recently released a powerful letter to the NFL regarding the recent debates. In that letter she states, “You were doing your part celebrating each other based on skills, talent and a joint vision without regard to color and religion.”
She continued saying, “Did it ever occur to you that you and we were already a mix of backgrounds, races and religions? We were already living the dream you want, right in front of you. Your desire to focus on division and anger has shattered what many people loved most about the sport.”
The most productive method of protest is one that expresses respect for both sides. The NFL has failed to exemplify that. When they’re ready to get off their knees and make a difference, we’ll be here to welcome them back with open arms.
Obviously the solution is not obvious, nor will it be easy, but something needs to be done.