Analysis Of The Perilous Fight By American Gregory

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The author, Sean Gregory, in “The Perilous Fight,” talks about the political issue that has been going on for the past year, the issue started when a professional football player from the San Francisco 49ers team, also known as Colin Kaepernick, kneeled down when the National anthem of the United States of America was played at the beginning of a game. Kaepernick’s justification for this was that this was his way of protesting the unfair treatment of individuals because of racial characteristics. Since racism, discrimination, and gender inequalities have been going on for centuries, I agree on the matter of sports players being able to kneel down when the national anthem, “Star-Spangled Banner,” is being played because these people are trying …show more content…
Coincidentally, the NFL is the most well-known sport in America and whose products are the most bought in America; kaepernick used this sports platform so that he could get the nationwide attention of the nation to notice what was going on. However, the defiant acts of Colin Kaepernick and the other sports players who followed in the example were not taken with much ease. Much like any other protest, there are opposing groups who believe that their actions are disrespectful and not appropriate, as they are mocking the actual meaning of the flag and anthem. In the article, military veterans are calling these protesters “unpatriotic,“ police unions have even threatened to stop providing security protection at the NFL games, and even the President, Mr. Donald Trump has suggested that Kaepernick “find another country to call home.” But what people are finding controversial, is that Colin Kaepernick did not violate any laws, or bring harm to any individuals by kneeling down during the game. He was not doing this as a sign that he is against the American country, but only exercising his first amendment in the bill of rights, the freedom of speech and protest on a social issue. In the article, Keyonna Morrow explained, “But really expressing his First Amendment …show more content…
This was primarily what got Kaepernick’s attention off of the NFL and into the world of politics. As a result, he began to raise awareness in his social media concerning social-justice, particularly on the fatal shootings of African Americans by police. On September 19, that same day that the Tulsa, Oklahoma police released footage of an officer killing Terence Crutcher, an unarmed African American whose hands were already up in the air, so technically, the officer didn't have any reason to shoot him dead, as he was being cooperative and showing no sign of difficulty. It is events such as this one that has caused a stir in people’s thoughts about equal justice, and as a result has gotten the attention of many. One, in particular, was the Philadelphia Eagles players, as they raised their fists during the anthem on a Monday night football not just because they wanted to get society’s attention, but as a means to protest for the real lives of certain individuals who were lost and communities that are being affected. All of this negativity comes from the people who are just unwillingly able to accept the truth, and which is that African Americans are being murdered and oppressed due to social injustice under equal rights. Any community members, especially African Americans, have gone through injustices for centuries, but why is it still continuing today? It is almost as if we are taking a step

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