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People Have to Speak Out

Police brutality is a major problem in the United States and people have to speak out against it like Colin Kaepernick did.

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As football fans stood up from their stadium seats to sing the national anthem on August 26, 2017, Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, was seen kneeling in the line of his standing teammates, which got the nation’s attention.

Colin Kaepernick was criticized for what he did during the anthem. People and NFL owners felt very disrespected. He is receiving lots of hate, people are mocking him, and even threatening him. But some people feel like he did the right thing because he is exposing the police brutality that’s going on in the country.

I interviewed a few students and a teacher from the school, and asked them how they felt about this situation. My first interview was with Alan Rivera and he said, “I think it’s a pathetic move on what the NFL did to Kaepernick.” He feels it’s wrong for the NFL to punish Kaepernick just for kneeling down to raise awareness of police brutality in the United States.

Police brutality is a major problem in the United States and people have to speak out against it like Colin Kaepernick did.”

— Ibrahim Gonzalez

The teacher that was interviewed had a different opinion: “I think that it’s pretty offensive to kneel down during our national anthem because it’s disrespecting our soldiers who are serving our country and to the people who gave their lives for our liberties, and to have someone kneel down during the national anthem without expecting to start controversy is pretty dumb.”

Most people have different opinions about Kaepernick’s decision to kneel down, but we have to remember that our Bill of Rights protects our freedom of speech. The NFL feels like they should remove him from the league for expressing his opinion to the world. But players and coaching staff from the NFL are now kneeling down before the national anthem starts – to support Kaepernick’s opinion and to also raise awareness of police brutality.

Police brutality is a major problem in the United States and people have to speak out against it like Colin Kaepernick did.

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  1. Vanessa Gonzalez on February 9th, 2018 11:43 am

    I agree with Alan but as an American I also do feel offended when people disrespect our National Anthem.. I understand Kaepernick’s reason on kneeling down and sh** i’d do it too, to raise awareness.

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