Is it patriotic to protest? | The Tylt
In an Alabama speech followed by a series of tweets, President Trump accused athletes of being unpatriotic and disrespectful for protesting during the national anthem. Many have echoed Trump's sentiments, claiming athletes who kneel during the national anthem are "ungrateful." But others argue that patriotism comes in many forms, and protest is one of them. What do you think? 🇺🇸
Is it patriotic to protest?
President Trump accused NFL athletes of disrespecting the American flag by kneeling during the national anthem.
Courageous Patriots have fought and died for our great American Flag --- we MUST honor and respect it! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
Trump argues that athletes who refuse to stand during the national anthem are unpatriotic.
The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
But others claim protesting is a form of patriotism. Bob Costas argued on CNN that American patriotism has become conflated with military might and symbolism. John Legend wrote in Slate while Trump "loves to drape himself in the symbols of patriotism" he "fails to respect the ideals at the core of our Constitution and national identity."
The NFL protests carry on in this tradition. They are not some arbitrary statement about a flag. They are a demand that we Americans make this country’s reality match its proud symbolism. They are an attempt to educate the public that criminal justice—mass incarceration, lengthy sentences, police brutality—is the civil rights issue of our time.
Many have shown solidarity with athletes who choose to take a knee during the national anthem.
peacefully protesting racism is patriotic---suppressing the peaceful protest of racism is unpatriotic (and racist). period.— Juliana Hatfield (@julianahatfield) September 25, 2017
Caring about your country so much that you choose to protest the mistreatment of your fellow citizens is deeply patriotic.— leah williams (@mymonsterischic) September 25, 2017
But others agree with the president, and find the protest to be disrespectful to the troops.
Well said Mr President. Men and women have fought & died for this country. The least we can all do is stand for our flag & national anthem.— Alex 🇺🇸 (@SoCal4Trump) September 24, 2017
Yes, but you don't protest America...— Jeremy Hancock (@JeremyAHancock) September 25, 2017
Protest the police, protest the schools, protest the institutions within America, not America itself.
Disrespecting those who fought for our freedom is not a form of protesting.— Ms Mel🇺🇸🌺 (@mellewishavasu) September 25, 2017