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Reflections: National anthem protests bring opposing views

Michael Moreau, junior football player. "It doesn't really bother me. I put my on hand on it and say the words under my breath while it goes on, but if the guys wanna kneel or do whatever they feel the need to, it doesn't affect me."

In 2016, football player Colin Kaepernick started a national dialogue by kneeling during the national anthem to protest perceived racial injustice in the United States. When President Donald Trump harshly criticized football players who kneel during the national anthem in September of 2017, the act gained a second wind, with more players taking part in the protest than ever before. Lakeland students shared their stances on the protests. Click the slideshow to read on.

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  1. John bentler on October 13th, 2017 9:27 am

    Those players have every right to kneel. They aren’t disrespecting the flag, or the troops in the slightest. They are doing to bring attention to the violence and discrimination against minorities in this country, and how nothing is being done about it. If you call for players who kneel to be fired or benched, then you aren’t acknowledging the players rights and most importantly, the reason why they’re protesting in the first place.

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