The NFL/NBA is now allowing athletes to express social justice issues by kneeling down during the national anthem.This is a great step forward in addressing systemic racism against minorities in this country.In 2016 Colin Kapernick kneeled down during the national anthem to protest against police brutality against minorities he was then ousted from the NFL. After that , the NFL banned athletes from dropping down to their knees during the anthem. In an article titled "Will NFL players kneel during national anthem again"? The author states the following:
"During a preseason game in 2016, San Francisco quarterback Kaepernick quietly began his protest of police abuses by sitting on the bench during the national anthem. That season, 14 players joined Kaepernick sitting, kneeling or raising a fist during the anthem."
"Kapernick has been without a contract since 2016. In 2019, Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid, who also knelt in protest, settled a collusion grievance cases against the NFL."
I addition, president Trump politicized the issue of systemic racism/police brutality. The same article states the following:
"In September 2017, President Trump further politicized the issue when speaking to a group of his supporters during a rally, “wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, ‘get that (expletive) off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired.”
The NFL Commissioner recently admitted fault for not allowing players to protest.An article by the BBC titled "NFL says players' protests during national anthem should be allowed" states the following
"We were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.'
"The NFL had previously banned players from dropping to one knee, a practice started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016."
Let's all be thankful for courageous activist like Colin Kapernick. Combined with his lead and civil unrest with the black lives matter protest change has begun!
Thank you Colin, NFL, and NBA players!