It is well known that players in the NFL have been taking a knee during the national anthem in protest. They claim that they are not protesting the flag or disrespecting our veterans, yet they choose to do during the brief few moments that we honor those who have fought and fallen for our flag.
Now the nonsense has reached the House and it is utterly disgraceful.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee dropped to her knees on the House floor on Monday night. This was a physical display of her support for the kneeling NFL players in response to Trump’s comments, calling them “sons of b*tches.”
Jackson Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, blasted Trump for attacking NFL players who kneel during the national anthem at games to draw attention to the treatment of African-Americans by law enforcement. Then she took a knee herself.
Lee said, “I kneel in honor of them. I kneel in front of the flag and on this floor.” She continued, “I kneel in honor of the First Amendment. I kneel because the flag is a symbol for freedom. I kneel because I’m going to stand against racism. I kneel because I will stand with those young men and I’ll stand with our soldiers. And I’ll stand with America, because I kneel.”
— Black Caucus (@OfficialCBC) September 26, 2017
While this form of protest is at least peaceful (and every bit their right to do so) it is still so ridiculous. Get up off the floor and stand to face your problems.
There is not a huge police brutality problem. Are there officers that have come out of line? Yes. However, to claim they are out killing black people for being black is wrong. Not to mention, if they want to talk about black men being murdered, they should also include all the black on black crime in the mix. They only seem to care if a police officer kills a black man. That is the only factor they address.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first drew controversy last year by kneeling during the national anthem.
Trump revived the debate during a rally in Alabama on Friday, saying, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired.’ ”
He continued to fan the flames over the weekend through multiple tweets, writing on Sunday that “Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!”