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NFL Moves to Punish Players for Taking a Knee: Enforced Patriotism for a Criminal System Must NOT Be Allowed to Stand!

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Colin Kaepernick explains why he won't stand during National Anthem Raw Video - 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick explains why he is refusing to stand during the National Anthem.
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On May 24 the National Football League (NFL) owners voted that their property (a.k.a. the "players") must "stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem." Players can sit out the anthem in the locker room, but those on the field who take a knee won't be allowed to play in the game, and their teams will be fined. This wasn't enough for Donald Trump, who threatened protesting players, "You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem, or you shouldn't be playing; you shouldn't be there. Maybe they shouldn't be in the country..."

Respect the Flag? No Way!

The U.S. flag is soaked with the blood of literally billions of people who have been killed, tortured, and brutally exploited by the U.S. around the world, from the days of slavery and genocide of native people up to today. The anthem and flag celebrate a capitalist-imperialist system of global horrors: wanton murder and brutality by pigs" incarceration of millions" mass deportations" unjust wars, slaughter, and occupations in countless countries over many decades. They represent the mounting U.S. nuclear threats right now against tens of millions of people in Korea and Iran, and all humanity.

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Why should anyone respect this rag? It needs to be dis respected a hell of a lot more!

It was damn righteous for Colin Kaepernick to refuse to stand for the anthem, against what he called out as "systemic oppression, specifically police brutality against Black and Brown people." It compelled other NFL players, overwhelmingly Black, but some white players as well, to take a knee--and inspired people across the U.S. and across the world. A whole lot more of this is needed, at sports events and everywhere!

An Orgy of Enforced Patriotism

Protesting players are told that the football field is "not the place for political statements." Bullshit. There's plenty of reactionary, imperialist politics at NFL games: American flags the size of the field, flyovers by fighter jets, players wearing camouflage uniforms to "salute the troops," the Department of "Defense" paying teams to have military personnel seated prominently to get maximum air time.

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Kaepernick and other protesting players brought in politics that exposed some of the reality of what this country is all about and expressed their opposition to it. Whatever their individual intentions, their actions punctured the suffocating flag-waving worship of the U.S. and its war machine (a.k.a. "our troops") that poisons every pro football game, and has for years. The NFL and the powers behind them are lashing back--Colin Kaepernick and another protesting player, Eric Reid, both at the peak of their abilities, have been blackballed by the league.

This Ban Must Not Stand!

This battle is not over. Several players have already blasted the owners' decision and Trump's threats. Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos called Trump's remark "disgusting because of our First Amendment rights. We have freedom of speech, right? Freedom to protest?"

Everyone who cares about humanity should not only support the players who refuse to stand for the U.S. flag and anthem--they should do the same, and let the world know why! A criminal system that perpetrates horrors on people here and worldwide, then demands absolute obedience and slavish acceptance, deserves absolutely no respect. In fact, it needs to be overthrown.

 

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Yes, it's an outrage. Yes, this punishment and removal of first amendment rights should not stand. Agree that Kaepernick and players taking a knee are heroes to we who know U.S. history for what is is - a bloodthirsty land-grabbing, genocidal, planet killing warmongering lie. Heroes get persecuted in this country,

So... how do we support these players when the NFL itself has turned against them? It is so stupid to not allow them to play; the teams lose AND are fined; then what? The NFL (already a joke) becomes an all white organization with all white teams of players obedient to fuhrer drumpf?

In what ways shall we support the players? Fans take a knee? Write the NFL? Sign petitions? Write drumpf and his greedy minions? Ha ha - as if that would make a difference? Take it to the courts? Maybe. But that takes time, and appeals.

The players can always outfox the rapist-in-chief and the NFL by using body language as protest; as can the fans.

Here are a few suggestions:

1) making a thumbs-down sign

2) turning their backs. If that gets censored, turning to one side. if that gets censored, turn just the head away

3) looking up, or looking down during the anthem

4) two hands on their abdomen, slightly bent over, looking down - as if the pledge hurts their innards and they may have diarrhea at any moment

5) if they are standing together, they could do the "see, hear, and speak no evil" - hands over eyes, ears, and mouths

6) arms crossed over chest in defiance

7)one hand over mouth, one hand over stomach (urge to vomit)

there are many more; I am sure the players are creative people and will continue to find ways to defy dictatorship. There is always/will always/ be a way to be "noncompliant" with dictatorship. This end of empire is all such a fiasco at this point that what's needed now is the courage that these players have shown, and continue to show.

But you seem to forget the brainwashed mob-mentality of the masses these days, who would love to see public lynchings, especially of anyone not "white" or "patriotic" to this fiasco of a killing, land-grabbing, earth-destroying empire of the u.s which doesn't represent Us.

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It would be a mighty statement if the white players followed the black players' lead and they all took a knee or stayed off the field. This is not a black issue only. Domination and violence is coming for all of us.

Power's biggest fear is the people's UNITY.

Sadly, by the looks of it, Power has little to fear.

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Great comment!! And some interesting ways you suggested that protest might go. A huge "gray area" will have to be sorted out as we turn our heads and hope for the best. Thanks!

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....BAMMM!! -- NOW we're talking...THIS is what needs to be expressed!

...but there is a simple and self-evident solution -- eliminate the whole notion of "national anthem rituals" at sporting events -- Period. -- What the &^%$ does the "national anthem" have to do with a ball game...?

The question answers itself...but again, Americans demonstrate their inability to "think" -- they are unable to even imagine this...but around the world, there is no such thing as self-evidently engaging in "patriot expressions" because of some athletic event...why should there be?

I hate "patriotism"...it is the most loathsome of notions, an "ultimate poison" in my opinion, but I sure am not alone in this view...Thank goodness...

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"What the &^%$ does the "national anthem" have to do with a ball game...?" Exactly! Not to mention, the mannaquins in uniform on the sidelines and the jets flying overhead at taxpayer -- my -- expense. And then there are the recruitment commercials aimed at non-whites...at least 2 per quarter. In the army, many of us often sat during the pledge of allegiance before movies on the base, as MPs looked away in exasperation or indifference. Today, in a socially engineered environment where soldiers are not soldiers but warriors and the military is surgically separated from carnage in the middlebrow mind, you'd put your life in danger to sit for the anthem at Foxborough, nevermind Ft. Knox.

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To me this shows the devastation our nation has become. It is a pretty telling when a black man kneeling during the National Anthem gets more attention than a white terrorist who kills school children does.

Further IMHO those signing the National Anthem using their own renditions, sometimes not even close to how the Anthem should sound, is more disrespectful than kneeling in silence.

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I wonder if some of those 'renditions' are clever protests in themselves. Hmmm?

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