The NFL Denied An Anti-Kneeling Ad Because, Well, Protesting Is A Human Right

The NFL Denied An Anti-Kneeling Ad Because, Well, Protesting Is A Human Right
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One of the defining moments of 2016 happened when Colin Kaepernick took a stand, well, rather, a knee, against police brutality in America by kneeling during the National Anthem. Since then a deeply divided set of players, coaches, and fans have had his back. But now the NFL as a whole seems to be taking Kaepernick's side, and has rejected a Super Bowl anti-kneeling ad.

The American Veterans organization submitted an anti-kneeling ad to be a part of the Super Bowl program. The photo featured a veteran and a flag. Neither of those were the issue. The problem came with the hashtag #PleaseStand. It was denied and good for the NFL for doing so.

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Kaepernick and current players who kneel were not taking aim at the National Anthem or veterans in any way. Even though many who are anti-kneeling are oblivious to the fact that the part of the song we hear pop stars belt out during games is literally ONE-FOURTH of the entire song. Yeah, there's more. That means they don't know about the third verse that mentions a slave. Wait, what? Yup, the words that became this symbol of America was penned some 50 years before slavery was abolished.

Of course, the irony of being against a man who knows the National Anthem was written with his degradation in mind is lost on some. Regardless, it's a shame that the American Veterans organization would try and retaliate by shaming a peaceful protest. At the end of the day that's what the kneeling is and was: a peaceful protest.

Somehow the meaning of the moment got lost in translation. Perhaps because the President of the United States refused to stand by a US citizen's right to do what's guaranteed by the U.S constitution.

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If Kaepernick had kneeled for a reason that came from spite, then the #PleaseStand advertisement would likely be seen as okay by the NFL because, hello, spite would be disrespectful.But that isn't where the disconnect comes from at all. They kneel for those who cannot. For Trayvon Martin. For Michael Brown. For Sandra Bland. For Eric Garner. For Philando Castile. And with each passing month the list only continues to grow.