Yeah but if they actually wanted to incite change I feel like they wouldn't do it in such a devisive way. No good has come of the kneeling during the national anthem, it's created more racial tension in America and more division between the politically charged sides. I'd be willing to bet half the people that support the right to kneel don't actually care about what it represents, they just enjoy making the other side (mainly people with conservative values in this case) butthurt. It's the same thing as trolling on the Internet. When the Cowboys kneeled before the National Anthem I saw Republicans respond to it a lot more positively.
You could argue that devisive protests like these are what it takes to get people talking about the issue at hand but I whole-heartedly disagree. No one's talking about injustice to African-Americans, they're only talking about the constitutionality of kneeling during the National Anthem and what the flag actually represents. Meanwhile the people who argue for this think they're doing a good thing and receiving some sort of moral high ground when in reality they're doing absolutely nothing and injustice to African-Americans in America still remains the same. If these NFL players actually cared about what they're kneeling for they would find a different way to go about it that would get all Americans on board.
Those affected by the injustices have protested just about every way you can. Nobody listened. Worse, again, those not affected by the injustices don't believ they exist. That means no matter how they protest, they won't care.
Sit, stand, kneel, hands up, silent, loud, in the streets, off the streets.....all you get back from the other side is, "No, don't protest like that!"
Some people believe that black people only just recently have protested the injustice that we see now with our police. This stuff has been happening for decades and black people have spoken out about it many times. During those decades, people either ignored it, said it doesn't exist, stated that if they did not do any wrong they had nothing to worry about etc. The only difference today than in the past is the advent of the camera phone. Before it was just the person word over the police and we know how that fared. Even when there is video proof, of incidents you still have people looking for even a shred of something to disprove it.
What brought this protest on is not that there are bad cops because there is bad people no matter what industry they work for. Its that there is a system where bad cops are protected, get paid leave and able to come back to their job after killing someone of color. Now that there is video proof of incidents and the people still get away with it causes people to protest in a way to get everyone attention whether you care or not.
Next we have the Kneeling which is in no way disrespecting anything because people have taken a knee to the flag in many circumstances. From the military when they kneel for a fallen brother or when they kneel when handing the flag to the surviving member of the family. Kneeling has always represented in the US as Praying to the GOD this country was founded on whether you believe or do not. Instead suddenly because the people that are kneeling are people of color, it now represent disrespect even though there is no precedent. People who have a totally different agenda then say, well you are kneeling during the anthem so you are protesting the flag. The people who are kneeling saying we are not protesting the flag but kneeling for a future where justice for all people are respected.
I am pretty positive if Tom Brady took knee and said he is taking a knee so that Veterans are more respected and receive equal heathcare for their service, then the people who says it is disrespectful would have a totally different opinion. Its not the kneeling that is divisive it’s the people that is doing it.