If you are black and this is the state of affairs ...
There is inequity in our justice system. Black people are being unjustly killed by police
then isn't this a likely outcome?
We hate this country.”
I think the problem is that black people aren't supposed to speak up. Because no matter what method or venue they choose ...its wrong.
If the flag is a symbol of the nation, then it is supposed to represent to every person the ideals of the nation. When the nation falls short of delivering on those ideals, why shouldn't the symbol of those ideals be central to protest?
The point of protest is to get your view point on a specific topic noticed. And to keep it central in public debate.
Until recently, taking a knee wasn't all that effective in achieving this...
But in attempting to use the protest as a rallying point for his bigoted base, Trump has managed to elevate the protest and awareness of the central issue. He has also muddies the issue as now its also about free speech, employee rights, the militarization of America and more...
The US military pays the NFL millions of dollars in tax payers money to present military demonstrations at NFL stadiums... Its an enormously political act on the part of the military. Most of the soldiers I've seen express a view on this, support the right of those protesting to do so and do not see it as a slight on the military. Nor do other athletes
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ear ... bc3917e5b1
He’s very courageous,” A’s outfielder Khris Davis said. “I respect his decision, he’s just exercising his rights as an American.”
http://www.businessinsider.com/army-vet ... ump-2017-9
Michael Sand is a former Green Beret, and comes from a family of military servicemembers. As he wrote on Facebook, his father was a World War II veteran fighting fascism, he served in Vietnam fighting communism, and his son is currently serving in the Army fighting the Taliban and terrorism.
"Three vastly different enemies, but enemies who shared one common trait," Sand writes. "ALL of them stifle free speech. All of them bully, degrade and terrorize those who hold opposing views and who peacefully express them."
He is exercising his constitutional right, and I'm glad that he's doing it," Benjamin Starks, a veteran of both the US Navy and the US Army Reserve, told Business Insider in September 2016.