ChiTalk: NFL National Anthem Protesting
This week on our new online-street interview series “ChiTalk” we discussed the controversial kneeling during the National Anthem in the NFL. For those unaware of the situation, some NFL players have been peacefully protesting the mistreatment of young African Americans by kneeling during the National Anthem. This has been a hot-button issue because while some stand with the protestors in bringing light to the situation, others take it as a direct disrespect to the flag and what it represents. NFL players involved have repeatedly stated that the issue has nothing to do with patriotism and honor for our country, but rather the racial discrimination and issues they see in their communities. Trump has also added his two cents via tweet and has been strongly opposed to the entire protest urging NFL owners to fire and suspend players that kneel during the anthem.
“The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!” Trump tweeted. “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”
Chicago News hit the streets to get the thoughts of the people on this issue and Trump’s involvement in the matter.
Chicago News: What do you think about the recent NFL protests – are they disrespecting the American flag?
Colin: I don’t see it as disrespecting patriotism because a lot of NFL players have come out and said this isn’t anything about the people who fought for our country or the flag. It’s about trying to raise awareness for the injustices done to the black community and I think this is a great platform to do that.
Phil: People have the right to protest in whatever way possible. They feel the opportunity to get in front of a large audience is a good opportunity to get their voice out there. However, I’m watching Sunday football for entertainment.
Adelaide: I think they have every right to kneel and they have every reason to kneel and I think everyone that’s getting so worked up over this just need to pause and reflect and take some time to think about how they can make America a better country so that everybody stands.
CN: How do you feel about Trump’s involvement and some of the things he’s been saying about the protests on Twitter?
Justin: I think Trump has a terrible way of saying everything. He’s a total disgrace to our country.
Matt: I think Trump has bigger things he should be worried about than what people are doing beforwe the National Anthem at a sporting event.
Colin: If this is a peaceful protest, and this is, it’s the way you should be doing it. I mean I just completely think this is Donald Trump trying to make an issue out of something that’s actually trying to help them.