Friday, September 23, 2016

49ers fans burn jerseys over player’s refusal to stand during the anthem

49ers fans burn jerseys over player’s refusal to stand during the anthem

Link: https://newsela.com/articles/kaepernick-anthem-protest/id/21182/



Summary:
Football player Colin Kaepernick refused to stand as the national anthem was being played. Angry fans started burning Colin Kaepernick jersey right after the game had ended because what he had done. A 49er fan wrote in a Facebook post that included him torching his jersey while the anthem was being played. Colin Kaepernick talks about he is not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and color people. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder”. Colin Kaepernick coach, Chip Kelly supported his right to protest. There are also other NFL players that are doing the same thing  that Colin has done.


Connection:
-By Colin Kaepernick not standing for the national anthem, he is trying to make people aware of how white people are not dealing with the same issues that the black people are being dealing with., such as police brutality. I can connect this to the Eugenics movement. Today Colin Kaepernick talks about how the treatment of the whites is better in some ways than it is for blacks. In the 1920s, many Americans joined the Eugenics movement because it was believed that whites were superior to others because they had traits such as intelligence and hard work. Both events show that often whites are viewed as better people.


Discussion Questions:

-Why do you think people are having a strong reaction?
-Do people have hatred for him?


22 comments:

  1. I think people are overreacting to this. They are assuming that he is kneeling because he wants to commit an act of treason. However, "assume makes an ass out u and me." Kaepernik is not kneeling to disrespect his country, he is doing it for something he believes in. He is trying to take a stand – or in this case, a sit – against what he believes in in regards to black and colored people's lives.

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  2. I believe people are reacting as strongly as they are because they think Kaepernik is "disrespecting" America. It's not wrong for Kaepernik to stand up for what he believes in, especially since it's a problem that definitely needs to be addressed.

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  3. I think that people are reacting so strongly because a football player simply hasn't protested the same way that Kaepernick is. By pledging allegiance to the flag you are demonstrating your pride and respect for the country however, this is not something you are required to do. Kaepernik isn't doing anything wrong but people automatically assume that since he's a football player he thinks he's able to do whatever he wants to just for the sake of it. I agree with the previous comments about people assuming that Kapernik is showing "disrespect" to his county. I think that what he is doing is brave simply because it's hard to move away from a crowd of people despite whether or not you agree or like what the crowd does. I think people are hating him for the wrong reasons. He's trying to stand up and express his disappointment with all the innocent black lives being lost so frequently in today's society.

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  4. I personally think that people are overreacting just because one man Colin Kaepernick is taking up for fallen African Americans that have been killed by "white men" (police officers). Yes people have hatred for him but people also don't see the good he's doing.

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  5. I agree that people are overreacting to his act of kneeling, and I also agree that Kaepernick was trying to stand up (or not) for something he believes in. He obviously strongly supports the argument that African-Americans are prejudiced against in the country, and I think the people should really calm down because they are overreacting

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  6. I think he should do what he wants and thinks is right. He does not have to listen to other people.

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  8. It's very clear that some people hate him because they burned his jersey's although people might be overreacting to this. He is standing up for his belief and he has a right to stand up for it as protected by the first amendment. There's always going to be this one or some people who overreact and do crazy things because someone has a different opinion. For why the heck they go so far is up to the imagination to be honest.

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  9. I see how people can be offended by somebody not really supporting the ways of this country, burning a jersey over their actions is a little overboard. They will still continue to watch football eventhough there are player who don't really agree with the national anthem and what it represents to them.

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  10. I see how people can be offended by somebody not really supporting the ways of this country, burning a jersey over their actions is a little overboard. They will still continue to watch football eventhough there are player who don't really agree with the national anthem and what it represents to them.

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  11. I do see how people are offended because he is not standing up for the american ideals. I do support what people are doing because as long as they don't go out to hurt Colin physically they can do what ever they want because we live in a free country.

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  12. I think people are having a strong reaction because they believe that Kaepernick is being disrespectful and hateful towards the country; however, he is just trying to start a political movement and trying to express the unfairness of the racism in the country

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  13. I think people are having a strong reaction to Colin Kaepernick's stand/statement about kneeling during the National Anthem because to many, our flag represents freedom and equality to all and by the quarterback not showing the same respect as other Americans, it outrages them and causes them to lash out at Kaepernick's movement. Its a split emotion between a lot of people; some agree with Colin Kaepernick's refusal to kneel for the Police Brutality against Blacks, and others think its an absurd way to help fight against Police Brutality and hate him for it.

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  14. I personally think it's wrong that 49er fans are burning Colin Kapernicks jersey because he's standing up for his own kind. I think his decision to take a knee was the right choice because innocent black lives are being taken and nobody is doing anything to stop it. At least Colin is using his platform to elevate awareness and hopefully bring change forward.

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  15. I think the people are overreacting because he is not standing up for the national anthem. Yes, people have hatred on him for not respecting the national anthem, but i believe that he should keep doing what he is doing. He should keep kneeling because every American has the right to express themselves. Also, because he is trying to make a difference by kneeling.

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  16. I also think people are overreacting because they think it is very disrespectful not to stand up for the national anthem, but to the player it's not because some people of America are disrespecting African Americans.

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  17. People are overreacting to the situation of sitting down during the national anthem. It should be 100% a decision made by the person and they shouldn't be judged so hard.

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  18. I think people are reacting this way because standing up is a way to show respect and he didn't do it. But we shouldn't judge people for not standing up during the National Anthem. I do not think people hate him, I think they just didn't approve his action during the Anthem.

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  19. I think people are reacting this way because standing up is a way to show respect and he didn't do it. But we shouldn't judge people for not standing up during the National Anthem. I do not think people hate him, I think they just didn't approve his action during the Anthem.

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  20. I think people are forgetting that he is entitled to his opinion. Just because he is famous, people think he should do as the majority does to be a "good influence", but in reality he should do what he feels is right for him.

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  21. I don't think these people actually hate him they just think they do, because all they know is that to stand up during the National Anthem means respect so if they see anyone who doesn't stand for it then they'd attack them too. I think that if the people understood more on why he does what he does then they'd know that he might actually have a reason for doing so, because he's not the only one.

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  22. People are just being stubborn and not accepting the fact that America is a free country and if he wants to kneel to support the colored people then he can. The anthem talks about being accepted and if that's supposed to define America and it's not happening then anyone could simply respect the anthem but not agree with it until it is applied to all races.

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