Whose kneeling was more acceptable: Colin Kaepernick or Tim Tebow? | The Tylt
Whose kneeling was more acceptable: Colin Kaepernick or Tim Tebow?
Some people called Kaepernick un-American for protesting during the national anthem when it might be the most American thing he can do. The First Amendment guarantees his right to express himself, and peacefully protest. There is a reason those points are included at the top of the Bill of Rights—they are very important to this country.
It's not like he's protesting anything frivolous. He is kneeling to bring attention to police brutality and racial inequality. The United States was founded by dissenters. If Kaepernick's platform allows him to bring attention to an issue this important, then it's perfectly acceptable to allow him to do that.
At first Kaepernick sat on the bench during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Then he was advised by retired Green Beret Nate Boyer to kneel because kneeling was more respectful, but he still garnered loud opposition.
When a player is down, players drop to one knee to show respect to a fallen teammate. How is kneeling during the national anthem suddenly "disrespectful?" He could have chosen other ways to protest, and instead, Kaepernick took the route that showed the most deference while getting the point across.
Tebow has never been shy about his Christian faith. Why should he be? Those Christian values are what makes him the great man he is today. There should be no shame in expressing that faith on the field. There is no downside to having Tebow take a knee to pray. It's a nonintrusive way to show his faith without offending anyone because kneeling is a show of humility, not just prayer.
If Colin Kaepernick can kneel to protest, Tebow's kneeling was more appropriate because it was used to uplift rather than divide.
There is an obvious double standard when it comes to all things Tebow. When he knelt, he wasn't protesting anything, or bringing attention to anything. He was just expressing his faith in his own way. People made a huge stink about saying it has no place in football. But after every game there are groups of players who pray. If anyone kneels in the future, it should be to honor Christianity, and the joy it gives people.
If people find Kaepernick's protest during the national anthem appropriate, then Tebow's kneeling—which only promotes unity, not division—should be even more tolerable to fans.
2012:Tebow kneels to show glory to God. Media destroys him. 2017:Players kneel to disrespect our flag. Media loves it. God Bless America...