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Kneeling during the national anthem
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DM3
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This is getting out of control, now its not just athletes across the country kneeling during the national anthem, now the cheerleaders have joined in.

Other than pro athletes throwing money at an organization, what are they actually doing to solve the problem they are protesting? In my opinion, if you are going to protest while the nation is watching, throwing money at a cause is not enough nor an answer. I would like to know what these overpaid / outspoken athletes (and cheerleaders) are doing to solve the police brutality and racism they are protesting.

Has anyone hear or seen what any of these athletes are doing?
cogolfer1
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# 1    9/20/2016 4:14:45 PM   
Brandon Marshall, Denver Bronco, kneeled during the national anthem in the opening game against Carolina and the week afterwards met with Denver's police chief, exchanged thought processes, and Marshall said he learned a lot from it. He's also donating a certain amount of money to certain organizations every time he makes a tackle. Not sure what others are doing, I only know about him and his situation since I follow him on Twitter and read lots of Bronco-related websites that have followed up on this.

When Kaepernick first kneeled a few weeks ago, I was outraged. As we've gone through this story though, I've lost the reason to care about this whole ordeal. When I go to Cincinnati this weekend to see the Broncos play the Bengals on Sunday, I'll stand without hesitation because I have no reason not to stand. While I don't believe black people are being singled out and appressed, if this is their means of protesting, I'll take it. They're not doing anything violent, and they're doing exactly what protesting should, which is starting conversation. Because they have definitely gotten people talking.

People who then come out and call these guys the n word and just verbally lash on them in public and on social media are the ones I have a problem with. I don't like it when people don't stand for the national anthem, but it's a free country and there's no written law saying that you have to stand for it. Ultimately, you can't knock them (at least not in the way many people have) or else you're proving those that aren't standing correct in their protest.

We'd be better off if we as a country exclaimed our outrage over things like these players murdering people, beating up their wives, etc. Instead we're complaining about them taking a knee.


LyinLewis
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# 2    9/20/2016 4:45:39 PM   

Brandon Marshall, Denver Bronco, kneeled during the national anthem in the opening game against Carolina and the week afterwards met with Denver's police chief, exchanged thought processes, and Marshall said he learned a lot from it. He's also donating a certain amount of money to certain organizations every time he makes a tackle. Not sure what others are doing, I only know about him and his situation since I follow him on Twitter and read lots of Bronco-related websites that have followed up on this.

When Kaepernick first kneeled a few weeks ago, I was outraged. As we've gone through this story though, I've lost the reason to care about this whole ordeal. When I go to Cincinnati this weekend to see the Broncos play the Bengals on Sunday, I'll stand without hesitation because I have no reason not to stand. While I don't believe black people are being singled out and appressed, if this is their means of protesting, I'll take it. They're not doing anything violent, and they're doing exactly what protesting should, which is starting conversation. Because they have definitely gotten people talking.

People who then come out and call these guys the n word and just verbally lash on them in public and on social media are the ones I have a problem with. I don't like it when people don't stand for the national anthem, but it's a free country and there's no written law saying that you have to stand for it. Ultimately, you can't knock them (at least not in the way many people have) or else you're proving those that aren't standing correct in their protest.

We'd be better off if we as a country exclaimed our outrage over things like these players murdering people, beating up their wives, etc. Instead we're complaining about them taking a knee.


I have never cared. Athletes and actors share the same over bloated egos.


Don Freeman
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# 3    9/20/2016 5:07:40 PM   
If you don't love it, leave it! When you're running down my country Hoss, you're walking on the fighting side of me.


OtterMan08
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# 4    9/24/2016 11:45:35 AM   
As I remember it my oath was to uphold and defend the Constitution. I support everyone's right to free speech under the 1st amendment. That doesn't mean I agree with said speech or endorse it, doesn't mean that at all. I have strong opinions on supporting the other 9 amendments as well. I'm pretty much an equal amendment supporter!


LyinLewis
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# 5    9/24/2016 2:59:14 PM   

As I remember it my oath was to uphold and defend the Constitution. I support everyone's right to free speech under the 1st amendment. That doesn't mean I agree with said speech or endorse it, doesn't mean that at all. I have strong opinions on supporting the other 9 amendments as well. I'm pretty much an equal amendment supporter!


I would prefer the raised fist over the kneeling.


OtterMan08
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# 6    9/24/2016 4:35:27 PM   


As I remember it my oath was to uphold and defend the Constitution. I support everyone's right to free speech under the 1st amendment. That doesn't mean I agree with said speech or endorse it, doesn't mean that at all. I have strong opinions on supporting the other 9 amendments as well. I'm pretty much an equal amendment supporter!


I would prefer the raised fist over the kneeling.


I prefer standing with the hand placed over the heart.


njgolfer
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# 7    9/24/2016 5:12:34 PM   
It is their right to express themselves but personally, like the nuns who used to teach me, I would like to smack them on the back of the head and tell them to show some respect.


# 8    9/24/2016 6:59:58 PM   
Few things in life make me want to smack the crap out of someone. This infantile "freedom of expression" made the list.


FloydDBarber
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# 9    9/25/2016 3:50:34 PM   
I would prefer consistency.

abcnews.go.com/US/seattle-mariners-suspend-steve-clevenger-tweets-labeling-black/story?id=42327292