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Head to Head: Kneeling during the National Anthem is disrespectful

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300 students gave their opinion on this controversy. The results are evenly divided as you can see above.

300 students gave their opinion on this controversy. The results are evenly divided as you can see above.

300 students gave their opinion on this controversy. The results are evenly divided as you can see above.

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Throughout the past year, there have been protests and arguments all over social media about whether athletes should kneel or stand during the ‘Star Spangled Banner.’ The protest is spreading around America, not only in professional sports but in high schools, too. Athletes are kneeling in protest against the flag that has been with us for generations; Americans should respect it and stand.

The controversy sparked last Sunday with President Donald Trump’s response to more than 200 NFL athletes kneeling during the National Anthem.

“The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem,” Trump posted on Twitter Sept. 25.

Standing with the right hand covering one’s heart is how Americans have respected our soldiers on the battlefield for generations. Why should the athletes who have not been on the real field have the right to kneel?

“The flag was what gave you the right to protest in the first place, so you should not disrespect it,” sophomore Shelby Lester said.

Freedom of speech is in our Bill of Rights and is used in protests everyday. Still, associating a protest with the men and women who fight and die for us to keep that right is taking advantage of it.

“Kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful because I know soldiers who have lost limbs and legs and cannot stand up, so I stand for them,” sophomore Luke Gordy said.

Some athletes are so afraid of the controversy that they now refuse to go on the field during the National Anthem.

“Not going on the field is the same thing as kneeling: disrespectful,” Gordy said.

Refusing to go on the field is the worst of the choices, the athlete isn’t showing any respect for their country.

“I think the players staying in the locker room are even more disrespectful, you should at least go out on the field and choose one,” Lester said.

The National Anthem is intended to unite this nation of many cultures; it describes a war that our soldiers are fighting every day for America’s freedom. Now, police brutality and injustice are being associated with it.

“People look at the flag differently because it is a symbol; when I look at the flag, I see soldiers fighting for us,” Gordy said.

The Anthem has the job of bringing America together, not of tearing it apart.

“I don’t even see Trump behind the flag; when the Anthem plays for me, I forget about politics and just think of the soldiers,” Gordy said.

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One Response to “Head to Head: Kneeling during the National Anthem is disrespectful”

  1. Edward Hawthorne on October 8th, 2017 8:13 pm

    The way I see it, there are two distinct layers to this discussion . First, there is the question of whether kneeling to the flag is disrespectful. Second, there is the question of whether people should be allowed to kneel to the flag. This article seems to conflate the two. It assumes that if kneeling is disrespectful, people should not be allowed to do it.

    the logical step between these two statements is tremendous. These are two entirely different discussions to be had. For example, even if we agree that it would be disrespectful if I didn’t say “thank you” to whoever held the door open for me as I walked into school this morning, it would be ludicrous to conclude there should be a school rule that forces me to say “thank you”, and gives me OSS if I don’t.

    With that in mind, NW Horizons doesn’t even come close to establishing that people shouldn’t be allowed to kneel to the flag. Even accepting the whole article to be true, there is no normative claim to justify why being “disrespectful” is sufficient to warrant some sort of restriction.

    Rather than dig into the actual discussion, the article spews right-winged propaganda with statements such such as “Standing with the right hand covering one’s heart is how Americans have respected our soldiers on the battlefield for generations. Why should the athletes who have not been on the real field have the right to kneel?”. This statement is literally the definition of begging the question.

    On a related note, this makes the survey results ambiguous. There is no explanation of what “for standing” and “for kneeling” mean. I can be “for standing” in the sense that I think it is a good idea to respect the flag, and at the same time also be “for kneeling” in the sense that i respect other people’s right to voice their opinions. Without providing details about what specific Question the respondents were ask, the survey is intellectually useless.

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