“Is Kneeling During National Anthem & National Flag Burning in Protest Appropriate ? “Brief Thought by F. Sheikh

Mr. Trump is master of diversion. To divert attention from his failure to achieve any legislative victory, especially to repeal Obamacare, he interjected himself in NFL by condemning Colin Kaepernick, ex quarterback of San Francisco 49ers, for kneeling during national anthem to protest police brutality against blacks. President Trump also advocated that NFL should fire any player who kneels during national anthem and people should boycott NFL games until such action is taken.

United States Supreme court has ruled that National Flag burning in protest is protected under freedom of speech. Mr. Kaepernick and others has every right to kneel during national anthem as a protest. But what does this form of protest mean? National flag and national anthem represents the country and all of us, not a specific group or a policy. The protest should be grievance specific and not targeting the whole country. National flag burning or kneeling during national anthem although not un-patriotic, but is counterproductive and sends a wrong message. This form of protest seems misplaced and comes across as if you are made against the whole country rather than against a policy or governmental agency’s behavior. If you are mad against the country itself, then what are you going to do? Move to some other country? If you are mad against certain entrenched policies or governmental behavior, then the right course is to change them by getting involved in political process outside the sports arena.

In general, sport fans love players for their excellence in games and not politics. They come to enjoy the sport and sportsmanship, and hate to see it spoiled by national divisive politics.

2 thoughts on ““Is Kneeling During National Anthem & National Flag Burning in Protest Appropriate ? “Brief Thought by F. Sheikh

  1. i wanted to voice an opinion on this post the day it was posted but had thought the whole issue will be forgotten in a day or two, but it didn’t, thanks to our President.

    There are somewhat valid points on both sides of the argument. But if I had to choose one side I would side with what I think is Dr. Fayyaz’s opinion. There is no doubt that the law enforcement and the justice system is stacked against Blacks and it needs to be protested. But protesting during a national anthem- and thereby directing it towards the flag and the country(you cannot deny that that’s what you are doing) – is a good strategy to gain maximum exposure for your cause but it is somewhat misdirected. The country – at least now – has laws against discriminatory practices so directing your protest at the country – even though you have the First Amendment right to do so – is not correct. You could protest in front of police HQ’s or the courts or have peaceful demonstrations in places where such injustices take place.

    Bob Costas the sportscaster who I admire very much made a compromise suggestion this morning. He said stand during the national anthem but take a knee immediately after the last note. You still get the national exposure for your cause without protesting during the national anthem.

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