Did Trump’s Tweet Make it Easier for NFL Players to Kneel?


Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem

Sharanya Karanam

Football Players taking a knee during the national anthem has been a great debate topic for a very long time. Some people say that as a freedom and it is okay for the NFL players to kneel. Others like President Trump doesn’t think that anyone should kneel for the patriotism of the country and that it is disrespectful.

President Trump Tweeted that he would revoke (get rid of) tax breaks of football teams that would kneel. That tweet ended up controverting more debates about race, police abuse and free speech. Last week the National Football League had to make its decision.

Some teams supported the kneeling while others did not. Colin Kaepernick (the starter of kneeling) sued the NFL for not letting him take a stand-in racial injustice. Many celebrities also support the NFL players and their stand.  Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Bette Midler all have protested on the topic after President Trump criticized the NFL players.  Stevie Wonders was a music festival and showed the back of his T-shirt which read as #TakeAKnee. Later he told the music festival

“Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America.

But not just one knee, I’m taking both knees, both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe – amen.”

Pharell Williams also kneeled at a concert in Charlottesville after a woman has died. Ellen DeGeneres also tweeted “As a football fan, I am proud of the NFL players today. Nothing is more American than the right to peacefully protest.” Not only the NFL players were being lashed out, President Trump also gets on the NBA players for kneeling too.  Colin Kaepernick had said

“I am 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.”