Politics, Sports, United States

Police Brutality

“Alton sterling- Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first protested against racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling down during the United States national anthem in the summer of 2016. Since then, a whole movement has grown around that gesture.

“This is what lynchings look like in 2016.”

A video accompanies Colin Kaepernick’s Instagram post. It begins as two white police officers wrestle a black man to the floor.

One officer appears to cuff the man’s hands behind his back. Another, positioned by the man’s shoulders, tightly presses his head to the ground.

The same officer moves one hand away, reaching for his gun. He points it to the man’s chest, and fires.

Alton Sterling, 37, died of gunshot wounds to the chest and back.”

Many people are very upset because they say Kaepernick is disrespecting the flag and the troops who fought to protect us. Many popular public figures have stepped up and shared their thoughts on this situation, one being kate upton. This is what she had to say, “In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country”.

It May also be that people just don’t understand what is actually happening or what they’re fighting for. If you think about the history with the police department, they were pretty much set up to continue white supremacy. They had black police officer back then but they were not allowed to arrest white people.

After the Civil War ended the reconstruction age started. Even though it was promised to be a better time for america it got worse. Police  would kill black people for leaving plantations and trying to buy land, as well as arrest many people for just standing somewhere. There were also certain laws (Jim Crow Laws)  that separated blacks and whites and made it impossible for black people to live an normal and or same life as everyone else.  There has been a huge problem in america since 1865 and people choose to ignore it and act like everything is fine.

Today Law enforcement connections with white supremacist groups have continued into present day. Like a case last year in Florida, a Police chief resigned from his job after the FBI reported that he was a KKK member. Another case happened in september when a Louisiana police officer was fired after photos of him at a KKK rally throwing up a nazi salute symbol.

“We have discovered hundreds of killings that aren’t on the FBI’s list that no one’s ever done a full accounting of all the people who have been killed either by Klan or by suspicious police shootings,” said Janis McDonald. This is showing that there are cases out there that they have not looked into because some of them are members themselves and that they are hiding something and want us to forget about what ever happened.

These are only some cases there are many more, but this just goes to show that many of them still exist today and is the same as it was many years ago.

There should be nothing wrong with Colin Kaepernick kneeling for the national anthem. Colin and other players should be able to express their views on politics or protest without worrying about losing their jobs. His main intentions for kneeling was not disrespecting the flag or the soldiers. He is trying to stand up and protest against Unjust police, killing of unarmed african americans and a rigged court system that needs to be changed.  “I’m not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color… To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder, Colin has every right to do what he is doing. When a person believes our nation is not living up to its ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all, that our country was made and based upon, he has all right to refuse to stand for the national anthem.and based upon, he has all right to refuse to stand for the national anthem.

By them kneeling many feel like it’s really the only way to protest or get their message across. It is probably the best thing to do right now it is better than them going around and causing violence for people to get the message. It is a calm and i believe a respectful way for them to protest.

We believe that this is one of the best and most peaceful forms or ways to protest. All people are doing is not standing up for an pledge, and we know many people fought and died for this country, but many people are fighting and dying in this country due to racism. There are definitely two sides to every argument,especially this one, but in this case taking a knee to protest is not as bad as everyone says it is. Its peaceful and obviously has an bug impact on how we see things.

One very well known case that caused uproar in Los Angeles was the Rodney King beating. “Fury over the acquittal — stoked by years of racial and economic inequality in the city — spilled over into the streets, resulting in five days of rioting in Los Angeles. It ignited a national conversation about racial and economic disparity and police use of force that continues today.”

Many colored men feel like you can’t do anything in america if you don’t agree with someone’s opinion. They feel as if you can’t express yourself and that police will not let you stand up for what you believe is right. “They killed martin luther king and all he did was spoke.” So it is like what so you think will stop them from killing you if a man was killed for just speaking?

In conclusion there are many different thoughts and opinions on this subject. We must look at the cold hard facts and evidence though, we can not make the racism in this country just another problem. This should be taken extremely seriously and taking a knee should be accepted.

Article by Sie Arciszewski and Joey Delgado

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