In the fourth week of the NFL Season, tensions are still high as Colin Kaepernick and many other professional players continue to take a knee and “sit out” the National Anthem.

The trend started over a month ago, as Kaepernick decided it was his duty as a celebrity to bring awareness to Black Oppression.

The awareness comes in the form of disrespecting patriotic elements which are meant to unite the country in the first place.

Several other football players and various athletes have also joined the trend of “sitting out” the anthem.

One example is the WNBA team, Indiana Fever, who chose to protest the anthem at one of their last games of the season.

Most recently, six more members of the San Francisco 49ers joined Kaepernick in his anti-anthem fad.

A Denver Broncos linebacker joined his stance as well, kneeling before their game with the Buccaneers.

Other attempts at protest have come in less-scandalous ways.

Breitbart News Reports:

“There were no anthem-specific protests during the Browns-Redskins game in Washington, but wide receiver DeSean Jackson wore cleats as play began with a design to look like yellow “caution” tape used by police. Jackson says he’s using his platform as a professional athlete as an attempt to “be part of a solution and start dialogue about the senseless killings of both citizens and police.”

Some players and activists alike have even taken to raising their fists in the air, a mimic of the “black power” fist.

This type of protest is more offensive than wearing clothing representing police tape or even kneeling before the flag.

The symbol of “black power” has historically led to more of a divide in this country rather than uniting it, due to the symbolism generally associated with the clenched fist.

Breitbart News Reports:

“In San Diego, Joshua Perry, Joe Barksdale, Chris Hairston, D.J. Fluker and Tyreek Burwell of the Chargers held up their right fists during the song”

The biggest argument in this instance is whether the activism is a matter of constitutional freedom, or disrespect of the nation.

Many argue that Kaepernick, as well as the many others who have joined him in taking a knee, should be removed from the American football team, as he does not know how to show respect.

Others argue it is noble of him to take a stand against black oppression, no matter how scandalous its form may be.

What are your thoughts? Are the protests being taken too far? Or is this still allowed constitutionally as the player’s freedoms of speech.

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