The debate over NFL players kneeling in protest of the national anthem, a protest started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year, grew thick over the weekend when President Donald Trump waded into the middle of it.
Proponents of the protest insist that kneeling during the anthem is a way to draw attention to the racism and police brutality that occurs within the United States.
While these protests certainly have brought up the topics of race and police, in reality they have accomplished nothing. A cartoon that is circulating the internet perfectly sums up just how ineffective these protests are.
The cartoon depicts Kaepernick sitting on top of a pile of bodies, labeled “black on black murder. In a word bubble, cartoon Kaepernick states that he’ll continue to sit until police brutally is eliminated.
Despite Kaepernick’s supposed care for violence against blacks, has said little of the bloodshed that has ravaged the black community in the form of black on black crime.
In fact, 2015 data from the FBI showed that 2,380 African-Americans were killed by other African-Americans, while 229 African-Americans were killed by people identified as white.
Those are some pretty lopsided statistics, but you don’t see anyone kneeling during the national anthemprotesting “black-on-black” murders — or making a stand against black crime whatsoever.
That’s because these protesters don’t actually care about stopping violence against African-Americans — all they care about is themselves.
These football players see these protests as a chance to gain a following (because being professional football players apparently isn’t enough). If they cared about stopping the violence, they would do something other than kneel.
Take a look around. Have the kneeling NFL players actually accomplished anything other than dividing this nation further?
Kneeling, linking arms, and even staying in the a locker room during the national anthem accomplishes nothing — all it does is show a complete lack of respect for those who sacrificed their lives for this nation.
There are racial problems in America — there’s no denying that — but trying to paint a one-sided picture of violence in the United States is only makes things worse.
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