Pres. Trump disturbed a hornet’s nest when he criticized NFL football players for failing to stand during the playing of the national anthem, but instead kneeling as a protest. What are they protesting? The shooting by white cops of black men and boys. Certainly this is wrong, if the victim is innocent and it is purely a racial matter, as “The Black lives matter” organization claims. But, is this the right way to protest? Certainly not! It brings into question the patriotism of the black players and is a snub to the flag and the anthem of the USA. I and many others agree with Pres. Trump on this, there is a time and place to protest and this is not it.
It reminds me of the time that Black athletes gave a fist salute on winning medals in the Olympic Games. If they didn’t like the USA then they should not have signed on and participated as a representative of the USA. To do so and then protest was hypocritical. The same applies to these athletes, let them use the normal procedures to demonstrate their concerns, not on the playing field. I agree with Pres. Trump, they should apologize and promise not to do it again or be fired. If there is not an actual clause in their contract then it should be written in that protesting during the playing of the national anthem is not allowed, period.
This whole issue comes to the core of what it means to be black in America. Certainly there is racism, certainly there is institutional racism in some police forces, but the only country in the world that has changed so much to give all races in principle equal opportunity is the USA. Black athletes, who themselves greatly benefit not only from the opportunities given them, but who also are a class apart in their financial remuneration cannot themselves complain of their treatment in the American system. They must stand for their national anthem.