Rupert Pupkin wrote:
the reason why so many people are upset about the kneeling is not because said people are standing up for their rights and protesting, but because they took it to the extreme and are disrespecting the most simplest aspect of unity that illustrates a countries sovereignty. It can be compared to the burning of the american flag. I think instead of disrespecting the premise of our country as a whole the people should just be protesting trump and what he stands for. Although this is most definitely their intention, i dont think they realize their intended effect is not what is being experienced. It would be like doing something to the bible instead of protesting or denouncing a rogue priest... I really loved seeing the cowboys all kneel BEFORE the national anthem and resume & pay respects to our country. That was cool to see Jerry Jones validate that there are issues we need to unify and handle, but not at the cost of pissing on what unifies us already
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...Except this protest pre-dates Trump and is more about our country as a whole than just its president. These protests began as a response to systemic racism and police brutality. To use your Bible metaphor, that'd be like destroying a bible because some of its major values are systemically making your life more difficult or that part of the bible makes you more likely to die at the hands of a public servant. (That's a sloppy analogy, but you get what I'm saying.)
RE: the argument that it's like burning a flag... After Obama's re-election, there were conservative groups that hung the flag upside down. I'd consider that a more disrespectful treatment of the flag. And it's kind of ridiculous that we're playing the national anthem before domestic sporting events anyway. But that part's just my opinion. We don't play the anthem before plays, movies, concerts, mega-church sermons, or other large displays of people doing their job. Why sports? But that's a topic for another day!