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The controversy over taking a knee

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NFL football player Kaelin Clay on the field. Clay plays for the Seattle Seahawks and is one of the many to take a knee during the national anthem. 
(Keith Allison/flickr)

NFL football player Kaelin Clay on the field. Clay plays for the Seattle Seahawks and is one of the many to take a knee during the national anthem. (Keith Allison/flickr)

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NFL football player Kaelin Clay on the field. Clay plays for the Seattle Seahawks and is one of the many to take a knee during the national anthem. (Keith Allison/flickr)

Jacob Saltzman

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During this NFL season, there has been controversy over professional football players taking a knee during the national anthem rather than standing. According to ProCon.org, a website that gives both sides of a debate, this movement was started in 2016 by Colin Kaepernick. A former NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick decided not to stand up for the “Star Spangled Banner.” His reason for doing this is that he believes that there is racial injustice in America.

This one man did not stand up and eventually that one man caused several other professional football players to take a knee during the national anthem. Eventually, it escalated to a point where high school sports teams and college sports teams started to take a knee as well. Some fans have been angry and some fans have supported it.

Local Detroit news source WXYZ reported that fans of the Cleveland Browns were very angry that players were taking a knee. Many fans called them “disgraceful.” However, Colin Kaepernick and others believe that people should not have to stand up because of the oppressive racism in this country. 

President Donald Trump believes that anyone who takes a knee should be fired from the NFL. However, taking a knee does not violate any laws or amendments in the United States. Some people believe that it is a rebellion against hate and injustice in the United States. While many fans still agree and disagree, players continue to take a knee.  

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