It is common to see a large United States of America flag stretched from end-zone to end-zone at NFL football games. Accompanied by the singing of the national anthem, this patriotic display can be meaningful and for some emotional. Months following Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel for the national anthem, it is obvious that time has not dampened the impact of his silent protests. It is safe to say he is the pioneer of a new type of protest.
Before the start of a Cleveland Brown’s pre season game, Union police representatives announced that they would not be participating in the holding of the flag. In reciprocation about a dozen, Cleveland Browns players followed suit in kneeling during the national anthem. Players did not stop there. Following the kneeling, a few players joined the group on a knee and displayed their support by placing their hands on their teammate’s shoulders.
One of the most powerful parts of this display was the fact that the Cleveland Brown’s management was with knowledge of the decision to skip on the anthem. Now, from the outside looking in this was just another Kaepernick-esque protest with more players.
Come to find out not only was it that but also a response to a previous protest that other Browns players held. The difference was the previous protest was in response to a white nationalist rally. Though the reasoning seems to be justified in the eyes of some, others continue to see it as a black and white issue.