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Should national symbols be protected from actions deemed disrespectful?

Just a year ago, American football player Colin Kaepernick knelt during the National Anthem before a game to protest police brutality. Fast-forward a year later, and the nation is ripe with controversy surrounding Kapernick’s movement. This past weekend President Trump magnified the debate by demanding that the NFL force its players to stand during the national anthem via a tweetstorm.

Nearly every team reacted differently. Some chose to skip the National Anthem altogether, others linked arms in unity, and some or let their players choose themselves, to stand or kneel.

The debate has swirled to first amendment rights and the morality of kneeling for the National Anthem. It begs the question, Should national symbols be protected from actions that are deemed disrespectful?

Those supporting the protestors note each player’s right to protest peacefully. They look to the Supreme Court case Texas v. Johnson, and highlight that individuals even have the right to burn the flag as a form of political speech.

Yet, many others throughout the nation view players kneeling during the National Anthem as solely disrespectful to the service men and women who fought for our freedoms. They call for the protests to cease, as President Trump has done.

So, what do you think? Should national symbols be protected from actions deemed disrespectful?

Current Standings:
Yes: 42%
No: 58%
  • Tyler from Massachusetts

    People should not be allowed to disrespect people that have died for our country and our flag. You are disrespecting the veterens who watched their friends die in thier arms and someone could disrespect everything that they died for. You are disrespecting the flag, the anthem, the nation, and everyone who serves in any way. You are not just disrespecting soldiers but the public sevice workers that save so many lives every day for this country. Collin Kaepernick is NOT a hero and he disrespected everyone who is dead for Americs

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    People should not be allowed to disrespect people that have died for our country and our flag. You are disrespecting the veterens who watched their fr…

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    • Lydia from Wisconsin

      Josh from Ohio who replied to this vote – I believe that your response was emotionally driven and most likely due to some personal affiliation with the armed forces or likewise. Logically, without emotion, does disrespect to the flag cause direct harm to the armed forces and others who serve our country? I’d be interested in hearing what others think about this. Use logical reasoning to convince those with opposite/conflicting opinions why you feel they are incorrect. Thank you!

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      Josh from Ohio who replied to this vote – I believe that your response was emotionally driven and most likely due to some personal affiliation with th…

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    • Lydia from Wisconsin

      Tyler – I appreciate you expressing your opinion. I agree that it is not right to disrespect those who serve us and our country, who fight for us to have freedom. However, it seems to me that your response was emotionally driven, rather than logically thought out. I believe that to disrespect a national symbol is equivalent to making a statement about the country, whether it be the political or social atmosphere. Due to many citizens having strong opinions about damage to the flag, such as yourself, it is a form of expression that guarantees a response and an opportunity for the individual’s opinion to be heard. A person is able to have the utmost respect for those who serve while expressing an opinion and making a statement through damage to the flag or another symbol. It is a means of expression and may not be directly aimed toward those who serve us and our nation.

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      Tyler – I appreciate you expressing your opinion. I agree that it is not right to disrespect those who serve us and our country, who fight for us to h…

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    • Kianna from Montana

      I strongly disagree that he is disrespecting everyone who has died for this country. The people who fought for this country have fought for freedom including Freedom of Speech, making it possible for each individual to have the right to have a voice and stand up for what they believe in and I believe that is all Collin Kaepernick is doing.

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      I strongly disagree that he is disrespecting everyone who has died for this country. The people who fought for this country have fought for freedom in…

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    • Jordan from Virginia

      Even though you have the right to stand or kneel, it is completely disrespectful. People have risked their lives to make sure you have the choice to stand or kneel.
      The fact that someone thought it would be okay to burn the flag, blows my mind. It is arson. What would you do if I burn your clothes? You would probably want me to pay for damages, so being punished is “paying for damages” when you kneel or burn the flag.

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      Even though you have the right to stand or kneel, it is completely disrespectful. People have risked their lives to make sure you have the choice to s…

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    • Nathan from Montana

      To many it may feel disrespectful what players are doing in the NFL and it may be that way. The flag stands for many things and the main reason is that its disrespecting the veterans who served for this country. Punishment may be reasonable but it would take away part of our first amendment rights as US citizens

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      To many it may feel disrespectful what players are doing in the NFL and it may be that way. The flag stands for many things and the main reason is tha…

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    • Bailee from Montana

      I agree that it is disrespectful and many veterans have put their life on the line for us to be able to unify ourselves to this country. However, based on the first amendment, WE as a country, meaning EVERYBODY, has a right, that veterans have put their lives on the line for us to be able to exercise, that we can say what we believe in.

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      I agree that it is disrespectful and many veterans have put their life on the line for us to be able to unify ourselves to this country. However, base…

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    • Hunter from Montana

      People did fight and die for our country, however those same people fought and died for the U.S. Constitution. If we make peaceful protest and the freedom of expression a punishable offense than we are no different than autocracy forms of government, dictatorships, or communism. Protest in American dates back to the Declaration of Independence and has made this country the great place it is today.

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      People did fight and die for our country, however those same people fought and died for the U.S. Constitution. If we make peaceful protest and the fre…

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    • Savanah from Montana

      My name is Savanah from Montana; I agree with what you are saying. However take into account that protesting is the most basic right in the Bill of Rights. If we can not express our judgement and perspectives, what sets our country apart from a dictatorship? Although it is disrespectful; it is a loop hole for others to express their displeasure with a social change or with the government. We must take a balance because our Nation is made up of a melting pot; understanding protests protect your right for personal opinion; realizing change is sometimes needed to keep growth.

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      My name is Savanah from Montana; I agree with what you are saying. However take into account that protesting is the most basic right in the Bill of Ri…

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    • shane from Montana

      i agree this is disrespecting our national Anthom which pays respect to soldiers which gave thier lives for this country if you disrespect the Anthem you disrespect our soldiers

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    • Bryant from Montana

      Collin Kaepernick is a hero. He has changed america by one simple thing. He is a genius because he led the largest civil protest in our nation

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    • Micalann from Montana

      I agree, we shouldn’t be allowed to disrespect our flag but at the same time that is our 1st Amendment right to have a freedom of speech. If you try and mess with that then you will get the government involved. It’s not right, but its part of our rights.

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      I agree, we shouldn’t be allowed to disrespect our flag but at the same time that is our 1st Amendment right to have a freedom of speech. If you try a…

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    • Samira from Georgia

      The intent of Kaepernick kneeling was not to disrespect veterans because they are not directly correlated to the flag, but his intent was to disrespect the country as a whole, which is directly correlated to the flag. He did this because he does not want to support a country that overlooks the oppressive actions towards black people. Especially a country who elects a president who ran on the idea of removing then blocking off immigrants. That being said, anyone who dislikes a country so much should leave it. No one is forcing anyone to be here, so rather than offending people who would actually give their lives for this country, just leave it.

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      The intent of Kaepernick kneeling was not to disrespect veterans because they are not directly correlated to the flag, but his intent was to disrespec…

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    • Johanna from California

      Our national symbols deserve respect. Our people have fought for liberty against other countries, not only have they died for our freedom but are still out there fighting in wars that we don’t really hear of. We even have holidays like Independence day where we celebrate the freedom given to us the people of the United States of America. It doesn’t make sense to disrespect some people who died in war etc. just because they are dead we should honor those willing to have sacrifice it all and not make the rest of us forcefully join the war. These symbols have been put there to remember what we didn’t have to go through and be able to spend time with our families.

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      Our national symbols deserve respect. Our people have fought for liberty against other countries, not only have they died for our freedom but are stil…

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    • Elijah from Washington

      I can see where you are coming from, but if the President feels people holding Nazi and Confederate flags isn’t insulting to the brave men and women who served this country. How is peaceful protesting for social injustice, in this case kneeling, disrespectful to the soldiers who defended this country? The soldiers who died or are serving our great nation want everyone to be treated equally but sadly our COUNTRY doesn’t live up to the promises it should. The first Amendment allows NFL players to freely express themselves in words or actions as long as its not harmful. Sure Collin Kaepernick isn’t a hero but he was told by a soldier, Nate Boyer, that taking a knee instead of sitting was better. He said, “Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect. When we’re on a patrol, you know, and we go into a security halt, we take a knee, and we pull security.” NFL and NBA players are protesting, by taking a knee, to show respect for those people who are killed by people who are there to enforce the law not execute it. Policemen should serve for justice for the people, not enforce their power. As a nation, we can’t be a land of the brave and home of the free if millions of people aren’t treated as citizens of the country. We are humans before we are citizens of the United States.

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      I can see where you are coming from, but if the President feels people holding Nazi and Confederate flags isn’t insulting to the brave men and women w…

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    • Erica from Georgia

      I respect your opinion but i disagree. I feel its easy to stand on the other side and ridicule others especially when you don’t know how it feels to not be treated equally because of your race, religions, and beliefs. The players kneeing is not meant as a sign of disrespect towards those who have fought but towards the county and all their wrong doings. I know personal I would never stand and fight for a county that hasn’t done the same for me and continues to dehumanize me because of the color of my skin and my beliefs.

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      I respect your opinion but i disagree. I feel its easy to stand on the other side and ridicule others especially when you don’t know how it feels to n…

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    • Ruben from Oregon

      This football player’s intent was not to disrespect the flag or the nation but to bring awareness to a controversial issue. Everyone has the right to freedom of speech and they should not be forced to do another act against their will. Being forced to express yourself in a way you do not want to goes against everything our nation is about. The veterans who fought and died to protect our nations died to make the world a better place and by protesting against police brutality we are working to make the world a better place. By protesting against police brutality we are working to find a solution to this conflict. In the end there are only two questions to be asked what is more important? Taking action to have the voices heard of the victims of this crime or to do nothing to become a bystander as the conflict goes on without solution.

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      This football player’s intent was not to disrespect the flag or the nation but to bring awareness to a controversial issue. Everyone has the right t…

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    • Emily from Montana

      I believe that you are entitled to your own belief, and with that being said I feel that these NFL players and everyone should have the right to show their feeling however they feel. I feel that these players are not trying to disrespect the soldiers who have fought for our country, and if that is the case, I may have different views, but I feel they are just strongly standing up for something they believe in and trying to gain recognition to inequality and other things.

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      I believe that you are entitled to your own belief, and with that being said I feel that these NFL players and everyone should have the right to show …

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    • Lindsay from New Jersey

      I agree, the people who disrespect the flag deserve to be reprimanded. I understand there people feel the are just practicing their rights as Americans, however, they are also destroying the symbol that gives them this right. Being so, disrespecting something so sacred is one of the worst crimes you could commit. There needs to be an end.

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      I agree, the people who disrespect the flag deserve to be reprimanded. I understand there people feel the are just practicing their rights as America…

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    • Marissa from Ohio

      I think that the national symbols should be protected from actions that are deemed disrespectful because it is not right for people to do that. I believe people have freedom of speech, but I do not believe that they should disrespect the country they are living in. People fought and died for our country and they would be disrespecting it. I think that there should be a punishment for it because it is wrong. Some people may have other ideas, but that is just my opinion. In my opinion, it is rude to disrespect your country. I do not think that some of the teams should have skipped the National Anthem because it is a tradition before their game. I think that they should protest peacefully though. I do not find it right that people have the right to burn the flag as a form of political speech because our country does not deserve that. I think that if they don’t like America, they should move to a different country because those people don’t deserve to live there. It is burning the symbol of our freedom that was fought for and it should be appreciated. I understand that kneeling during the National Anthem was to protest police brutality, but it should not disrespect the country.

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      I think that the national symbols should be protected from actions that are deemed disrespectful because it is not right for people to do that. I beli…

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    • Josh from Ohio

      NO OUR FLAG SHOULD NOT BE OUR COUNTRY’S NATIONAL SYMBOL IT DISRESPECTS THE PEOPLE FIGHTING FOR US AND NEAL FOR SOMETHING THAT BARELY EVEN RELATES TO THE FLAG.LIKE THIS IS NATIONAL TV AND YOU DOING THIS TO LITTLE KIDS MAKING THEM WANT TO DO IT.THERE SHOULD BE A LAW FOR DESECRATING THE AMERICAN FLAG PLUS NFL IS DOING THIS FOR THE BLACK LIVES MATTER THEY SHOULD PROTEST ANOTHER WAY THAN DOING IT AT THE FLAG.I ALSO BELIEVE THAT TWITTER DID THE RIGHT THING BY PUTTING #BLACKOUT NFL FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T LIKE TO WATCH WHAT THESE NFL PLAYERS ARE DOING.THOUGH THERE MANY TEAMS KNEELING TO THE FLAG THERE ARE SOME RESPECTFUL TEAMS STANDING WITH THEIR ARMS LINKED AND BOWING THEIR HEADS TO RESPECT THE FLAG.THE STEELERS ARE GARBAGE FOR GOING BACK INTO THEIR LOCKER ROOMS DURING THE FLAG.BUT TRUMP SAYING WHAT HE SAID DIDN’T HELP BUT IT IS TRUE WHAT HE SAID THEY SHOULD STAND AND RESPECT THE FLAG.I AGREE WITH THE OTHER JOSH FROM OHIO ABOUT WHAT HE SAID ABOUT BEING DISRESPECTFUL TO THE PEOPLE SERVING OUR NATION THIS IS AMERICA HOME OF THE FREE NOT AMERICA HOME OF THE IDIOTS DESECRATING THE FLAG.

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      NO OUR FLAG SHOULD NOT BE OUR COUNTRY’S NATIONAL SYMBOL IT DISRESPECTS THE PEOPLE FIGHTING FOR US AND NEAL FOR SOMETHING THAT BARELY EVEN RELATES TO T…

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    • Nina from North Carolina

      I agree, I understand that people want to make a statement about something they feel passionate in but there is a way to do this without disrespecting others who have fought and died or us.

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      I agree, I understand that people want to make a statement about something they feel passionate in but there is a way to do this without disrespecting…

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    • Taylor from Illinois

      This is the first amendment. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
      Definition of abridging means shorten, to curtail to cut. This is what the veterans fought for to uphold the Constitution not to uphold the flag. The second part of the national anthem says
      No refuge could save the hireling and slave
      From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
      And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
      O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave
      So does the national anthem really represent everyone

      So everyone who wants to take peoples freedom of speech away is wrong. This country was created because people wanted to have freedom away from the king, they wanted to be able to have whatever religion they wanted, protest without being killed. Nobody fought for a song they fought for our freedom and our rights as an America could still be upheld.

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      This is the first amendment. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridgi…

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    • Josh from Ohio

      Kneeling for the anthem is disrespectful, because you’re not showing respect to people who have and will lay down their life to protect and serve. These men and women in all forms of service deserve to be treated with enough respect that you could at least stand for the 1 and a half minutes that the anthem is playing. The main problem with kneeling for the flag though is not the disrespect that these people are showing these service members the real problem with standing during the pledge is the fact that you are making such a commotion that you are taking away from what u are trying to get across. By choosing to kneel at the anthem you are causing people to ignore the real reason of why you are protesting and actually making your cause look bad. These football players who are kneeling during the flag are not just protesting on the street or making a post about it on their social media they are protesting on national tv that they are very well payed to play a sport. This protest has not only caused people to get mad and look at there cause in a bad way but it’s causing them to lose fans who have loved teams for years and even gone as far as buying their clothes or jerseys.

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      Kneeling for the anthem is disrespectful, because you’re not showing respect to people who have and will lay down their life to protect and serve. T…

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    • faith from Ohio

      I think that you should have to stand for the National Anthem. This is why; The NFL rulebook makes no mention of the national anthem. Here’s what the game operations manual says regarding the national anthem, according to an NFL spokesperson:
      “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
      It is for the same reason that we shake hands when we meet someone; it is call being respectful. Those are the reasons why i think that you should stand while doing the national anthem.

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      I think that you should have to stand for the National Anthem. This is why; The NFL rulebook makes no mention of the national anthem. Here’s what th…

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    • KC from Colorado

      It’s important to recognize that what veterans have fought for across hundreds of years is for the right of Americans to be free: to be able to protest, speak up, and speak out. Our country has been founded on the right to be able to disagree or agree, to fight back or choose not to. Many veterans agree with this.

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      It’s important to recognize that what veterans have fought for across hundreds of years is for the right of Americans to be free: to be able to protes…

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    • Cole from Ohio

      Yes, national symbols should be protected from anything that is or is deemed disrespectful. Kneeling during the national anthem is very disrespectful because you are kneeling. You should be standing with your hand over your heart, I feel there is a time and a place for protesting against the country, not during the national. The national anthem is there to respect our country and its troops, since Colin Kaepernick has took a knee, a lot of players have since joined him and have taken a knee. This action is very disrespectful against this country and the soldiers that have fought for the country, the soldiers are fighting for our country. I find this disrespectful but think there shouldn’t be a law however, I think there should be a small or big fine, the owner can decide, and the owner can decide whether to fire them or not. This is very disrespectful but should not be illegal in the U.S. I think there should be a fine because how disrespectful it is to the country and to the soldiers. However it should not be illegal. These action are disrespectful to everyone in the country but should not be thrown in jail, but should be fired or fined.

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      Yes, national symbols should be protected from anything that is or is deemed disrespectful. Kneeling during the national anthem is very disrespectful …

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    • kassidy from Texas

      Football Players should not be considered hero’s. The veterans are the hero’s. People who are still fighting are the hero’s here. Who have helped us gained our freedom for everyone no matter race religion or gender. plenty of my friends are in training and quiet a few of my elders and ancestors fought for the freedom of this country and for all to live in relief not fear of being taken over by a dictatorship. concluding the people who decide to sit or take a knee during the anthem or flag are the disrespectful ones you are not disrespecting the president the president has nothing to do with the flags main symbolism. the flag stands for everyone who is risking their life when fighting overseas or on our own turf, meaning police departments of all cities and counties, and firefighters, and all working in any department that is helping the kids and parents from the government. the flag means so much to all of those affected by death in a family.

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      Football Players should not be considered hero’s. The veterans are the hero’s. People who are still fighting are the hero’s here. Who have helped us g…

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    • Angel from Arizona

      To me people who disrespect the flag and kneel during out national anthem is not even in correlation with police brutality The flag is to honor the freedom we have and to honor the men and woman who have risked their lives. Collin Kaepernick is just a rich football player who thinks that disrespecting the flag is heroic.

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      To me people who disrespect the flag and kneel during out national anthem is not even in correlation with police brutality The flag is to honor the f…

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    • Alyssa from California

      No, according to your definition of a hero he wouldn’t be, but my God-Father was and is a hero. He died overseas, he died defending what he believed in, he died saving innocent people. And he believed that everyone has the right to stand, or kneel, for what they believe in. “It is in the Constitution,” he said to me when someone said something I know he didn’t agree with, “He has the right to say that, I don’t have to agree with it.”
      I lost my favorite person to senseless violence, in a war that was pointless and endless, and it hurts every day. However, whenever I see someone exercising their Constitutional Rights like the NFL players are doing, it makes me happy because I know it is what he died protecting and that, wherever he is, he is smiling too.

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      No, according to your definition of a hero he wouldn’t be, but my God-Father was and is a hero. He died overseas, he died defending what he believed i…

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    • Anh from Alabama

      I agree. As my perspective, some Americans disrespect or even look down to people that fought for their country. I don’t think it is alright to disrespect anyone as a human being, especially the one who fought for your peace. Veterans and army soldiers should be respected because they fight for our rights and freedom.

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      I agree. As my perspective, some Americans disrespect or even look down to people that fought for their country. I don’t think it is alright to disres…

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    • Kirra from Wyoming

      I think it is less disrespectful to veterans to exercise the freedom of speech they fight for us to have. They fight and die so we can have the freedom to make a protest, in essence, that is what our founding fathers wanted and encouraged. It is more patriotic to claim your freedom of speech than stand and salute the flag.

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      I think it is less disrespectful to veterans to exercise the freedom of speech they fight for us to have. They fight and die so we can have the freedo…

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    • Robert from Illinois

      I respectfully disagree with you Tyler because
      Collin Kaepernick is disrespecting no one. He is simply standing up to police brutality as well as many many other things that are an issue in America. Such as Police brutality, equality(gender and race). He is a hero because being a football player he has the spotlight on him and for him to use that power/influence to address a tragic and relevant issue as Police brutality is admirable. I say this because as sad as it is many people who have a bigger influence on society and even people in government don’t address this racist and inhuman act as Mr. Kaepernick did do proudly. The most beautiful thing about his protest is people are copying it and it is being talked about more. Soccer players and more football players are choosing to kneel during the anthem. This is called making a difference and progress so police brutality among other problems in America can come to its pass due end. Also it has nothing to skin color because we are all human and we Americans know things could be better for everyone because if they were this debate would not be necessary.

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      I respectfully disagree with you Tyler because
      Collin Kaepernick is disrespecting no one. He is simply standing up to police brutality as well as ma…

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    • Kiara from Wyoming

      I truly believe that America stands for freedom! The symbol of that Freedom is the American Flag. That symbol represents all the past, present and future individuals that have died to allow me to be a free human. If we do not hold standards in America, we do not have a great country. Without standards we become an anarchy, disobedient society. A society with rules and expectations is a society that can function in peace. We must respect our American symbols!

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      I truly believe that America stands for freedom! The symbol of that Freedom is the American Flag. That symbol represents all the past, present and f…

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    • Ashlyn from Indiana

      In all honesty, They have no right to disrespect our Veterans, Flag, or Soldiers who have died for our country. They have the freedom of speech as long as it isn’t disrespecting the rights or offending another individual. In this action they are disrespecting our Veteran’s, Our Flag, and Our Loved ones who have died in battle while honoring and fighting for our Country. They have no right to disrespect our loved ones who have died in battle until they have went through what that loved one had and been in that loved one’s shoes.

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      In all honesty, They have no right to disrespect our Veterans, Flag, or Soldiers who have died for our country. They have the freedom of speech as lon…

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    • Max from Arizona

      No, I don’t believe that these NFL stars should be able to kneel and mock our country’s ideals by not participating in our anthem,pledge, etc. Not only are they disrespecting the people who died to give you freedom to make millions playing a SPORT but they spin it to where its about oppression in the US. Please tell me how oppressed you have been to be blessed to make a ridiculously good living playing a sport, born in America where you aren’t persecuted by religion, and are treated with respect by the government as well as others. In my opinion the NFL should stand their ground as this is a domino affect in our country. When we allow this behavior our great country as we know it will breed weak men and with that will come hardships in the United states. We have immigrants that would kill just to step foot on our soil and make minimum wage. They at least respect what our company stands for, these NFL players do not. Rather NFL players should get off their high horse, respect our country, then throw some pigskin. However dont bring politics into the NFL as its not only unprofessional but distasteful for the players to be so petty in the grand scheme.

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      No, I don’t believe that these NFL stars should be able to kneel and mock our country’s ideals by not participating in our anthem,pledge, etc. Not onl…

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    • Tristan from Florida

      There’s more meaning to kneeling other than disrespecting our troops and our country. American government and law enforcement use this flag as a reason to discriminate against particular Americans. The people who kneel aren’t disrespecting the troops, they’re standing up for what they believe in. Everyone has the right to protest, by Trump telling the NFL owners to “fire the SOB’s that kneel” is not only breaking the law but it’s trying to silence people standing up for what they believe in. People disrespect the flag every day when they wear it as a bikini, bandana and everything else. Just because they’re “disrespecting” it in a different way doesn’t mean it’s any different of a situation.

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      There’s more meaning to kneeling other than disrespecting our troops and our country. American government and law enforcement use this flag as a rea…

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    • Lindsey from Indiana

      I agree, those who disrespect our soldiers, the flag, and our country are NOT heroes and I’m tired of them being deemed as such. These false heroins are providing the wrong example for our younger generations. As a daughter from a military family, I believe it was extremely disrespectful, as is this entire situation with some teams skipping the anthem all together.

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      I agree, those who disrespect our soldiers, the flag, and our country are NOT heroes and I’m tired of them being deemed as such. These false heroins a…

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  • Olivia from Kentucky

    National symbols, such as the flag, should be protected from hateful actions. As Americans, we privileged to have many rights as citizens. Some of these rights include the freedom of speech, and the freedom to protest in a nonviolent manner. People kneel before the flag as a way to protest police brutality and the inequality of people of color. These people do have the right to do this, the question now becomes, “Is this respectful?” To this, I have to say no.
    Over the years the American flag has changed in many ways. But throughout history it stands to represent the American people and what they believe in. People have died for the freedoms that our flag represents. Thousands of people have been willing to give their lives so that our flag can remain flying in our nation’s capital. Looking at the thirteen stripes on the flag, we think of the thirteen original colonies. The people who lived in these colonies were the ones who first fought for our rights, who wrote the Declaration of Independence and won our freedom. Now who can disrespect that?
    Our flag holds a lot of history, and we hear about each time the “Star Spangled Banner” plays. We are able to hear about how the American people who were fighting for our rights were able to see the flag still standing “through the rocket’s red glare.” Our nation has been through a lot hardships, but we still remain united under one flag.

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  • Liam from New Jersey

    Obviously under the Bill of Rights, everyone has the freedom of speech and the freedom to congregate and protest peacefully. Under this right, we as American citizens have no obligation to honor the flag. That being said, it is an incredibly disrespectful to do anything but stand with your hands behind your back, or over your heart. You may stand in silence or you may say the pledge. Either one works. But to protest the pledge of allegiance is to protest what our country stands for.

    The thing that many people refuse to understand, or simply do not realize, is that the pledge is a representative of our American values; it represents our Constitution and our Bill of Rights; it represents the soldiers that died in every one of our wars in order to maintain the freedom we have. Without the pledge and what it represents, people wouldn’t even be ALLOWED to protest in the first place! The pledge of allegiance has nothing to do with any current events. If anything, the pledge should be said specifically to AID in one’s protest! It states “I love my country, and I want to see it improve.”

    The other problem with this protest is that it comes from famous football players. They have just as much a right to their freedoms as any other citizen, but I do not like that people are foolish enough to consider any celebrity’s opinions, values, morals, etc. any more important than the rest of us! Just because it’s Kim Kardashian protesting shouldn’t automatically make it the right answer. Everyone’s protest should have equal weight.

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  • Caeli from Texas

    Let’s bring in the example of people taking a knee during the National Anthem. That was disrespectful towards those who fight for our country and those who have died for our people. Yes, the constitution allows you the first amendment right to freedom of expression, but think before you express. You don’t realize how important saluting the troops is until you have a loved one – lets say your husband or dad – becomes a fallen soldier while fighting. Only then do you feel the importance of national symbols – such as the American flag and anthem – because they represented the person you knew and loved before that person passed.

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    • evan from Virginia

      The act of kneeling during them anthem was never meant to construe the idea that the athletes are disrespecting our country. It was about the fact that even in today’s world, people still commit hate crimes and many of those crimes go unjustified. So these athletes are trying to gain justice within their community.

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      The act of kneeling during them anthem was never meant to construe the idea that the athletes are disrespecting our country. It was about the fact tha…

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  • Elise from Iowa

    The United States should protect its national symbols, and although people do have the right to exercise their beliefs and take action, national symbols are what make our nation who we are. Symbols like the flag, the Constitution, and the bald eagle represent total freedom and democracy for our country. They represent the beliefs that our country was founded on, and to desecrate these important symbols means to destroy the ideals that make us who we are. They are what we have been built on, and those of refuse to believe that simply have no pride in our country. These symbols are of the most important in our country, and it is our responsibility to make sure that they are being protected from those who don’t fit in with the foundation of our country. We have never ceased to have pride in our country, and we just not back down now, no matter how difficult or pressing an issue is. Those who do not protect our symbols will never step in to protect our country.

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  • Ashley from Arizona

    I understand the rights for others to protest their point of veiw , but where does it end. A hundred years ago people would cry to see our flag raised in honor and now we get to disrespect it. Would it be ok if we just got rid of it completely? There is a time and place for protesting rights, the field should not be one of them. The players are being paid by the Americans whom many fought for our freedom to watch them play. We are the ones who pay for them to play. If they do not want to show good sportsmanship and honor our flag, then go protest on your own time, not while you are making thousands that are paid to you by the people who want honor for our flag and country.

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  • Aman from Texas

    We stand for the flag to give respect for the men and women who passed away on the battlefield wearing that same flag on their shoulder. The flag is not a political symbol, it is a national symbol, a symbol of America.

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  • Phuc from Texas

    The nation symbols represent our pride in the country, therefore respextung it is respextinf ourself.

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  • Hayden from Texas

    I believe they should. How would you like it if a man or woman took a knee like Kaepernick or didn’t participate at all in a flag and national anthem that you sacrificed and fought for? That’s how a lot of our veterans feel like. Knowing a few patriots, these veterans are very ticked off at what people that disrespect the flag do. I believe that if you want to live in a country, you have to respect its values and traditions.

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  • Kyle from New York

    This a tricky question to answer. While I see both sides, I have to side with protecting the symbols of this great nation. I’m all for calling the Government out when they come up short, pads bad laws, or even violate our freedoms, I still stand by this country. In my view, as I’m sure others will agree, criticizing the government is patriotism in the ourest form, because we are trying to protect our country from corruption. I, nor would many others, use the desecration of our flag, seal, or any other national symbol to convey the aformentioned points however.
    Although I can see why many would vote no on this article, I can understand that they consider this basic freedom of speech, but they also don’t realise how privileged we are that we’re even allowed to criticize the Government.
    While this phrase has been very over-used latley, don’t forget the men and women who have died over the last 240 years, and they died to protect that flag, and the people it represents.

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  • Mackenzie from Arizona

    Certain items such as the American flag should always deserve respect. While we allow free speech and actions it isn’t right to disrespect something that so many men and women fought for in the past. We should honor the flag and what it stands for by standing for it and the anthem. Protests are a great resemblance of free speech but it different when you’re disrespecting our nations flag.

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    • Chase from Montana

      While yes, something as cherished and revered as our flag SHOULD be respected, its really impossible to stop all disrespect against the flag. Its not JUST the big screen people who disrespect the flag. In fact, what they do, kneeling, is nowhere near as bad as what some people do. Some people have gone as far as burning the flag into ash. Why doesn’t this get any attention? Because these people aren’t famous. People in the media are always looking for reasons to put a star in the hole. They couldn’t care less about some guy hanging out in a shack with a fireplace lit by the American Flag. With this, they aren’t attacking the problem at its source, thus nothing is being done.

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  • Lance from Michigan

    I say yes because even though the flag or other symbols, symbolize everything that America stands for and for what our soldiers fought to protect. Just because the flag is only a piece of clothe to Americans it is a sign of pride and deserves respect.

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  • Annalyn from Alabama

    I believe that the people of America have a responsibility to respect the country, as well as the flag that represents us. I understand that the people of today’s society are fired up about President Trump being placed in office, but this is no reason to disrespect a symbol that people in our country have died for. I understand that the Bill of Rights gives us the right to peacefully protest, but I don’t believe that our country is what should be protested. It is our right as a human to go to the places that we feel most comfortable, and if it is not in this country, then that is up to the person. In the end, I hold true to my beliefs that even if I don’t like the President, I have to respect the office that he holds. Consequently, I will always respect our country as well.

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  • Courtney from Kentucky

    I believe that the flag represents way more than the current government situation. The flag represents American history, freedom, soldiers who have died in service, standing united as American citizens, etc. Because of this, refusing to respect the flag is also disrespecting everything that is represented behind the flag. I’ve heard the argument, “it’s their right to say that the country is failing them currently by kneeling during the national anthem,” but I think that a more appropriate action would be to still support the country and each other through hard times, working together to create the desired change. America has plenty of historical moments that are not necessarily something to be proud of, but in difficult times, the country can only grow stronger and see positive change through Americans supporting American ideals and other citizens. Kneeling during the time to pledge loyalty to America displays the message, “I am not supporting this country anymore,” which says that a person is giving up on the country and being a productive citizen, or contributing to the change they wish to see. The flag isn’t what they have an issue with anyway, so to start a more appropriate movement that won’t tear the country in half over a very meaningful historical symbol, they should directly protest and/or seek justice where they really desire it.

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  • Cameron from Kentucky

    The National Symbols should be protected because men and women fight for our lives each day and the football players are just being so disrespectful to what our country stands for. If they don’t like what is going on in the world (discrimination, etc.), then they should take a stand and make a change. Men and women die for us and sacrifice themselves for our safety. I believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem because by standing we are representing the thing that this country was founded upon: unity.

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  • Lucas from Massachusetts

    They have no right to disrespect every soldier that has earned them that right of freedom of speech these people are abusing there freedom and privledge of speech. The anthem is not President Trumps song or any other presidents song so if you are upset with Trump go in down to D.C. and protest

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    They have no right to disrespect every soldier that has earned them that right of freedom of speech these people are abusing there freedom and privled…

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    • Jesus from Texas

      I feel like you responded on the wrong side. You wrote on the yes we should protect symbols and basically said that the national anthem does not have to be protected. On the other hand i agree that everyone can do what they want during the national anthem, you do not have to stand up to give respect. I also understand that a lot of people are hurt by the U.S and they want to protest. This is all good as long as they do not get violent.

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    • Harrison from Massachusetts

      Presidents have been known to make mistakes. But TRUMP?? He made a big and desperate mistake by picking on the NFL.

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    • Colby from Massachusetts

      That was really good

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  • Klaire from South Dakota

    There is no problem with protest or exercising the first amendment right, but going to the extreme and disrespecting the flag by kneeling or burning the flag is where lines are crossed. The first amendment right protects those who wish to do these things, yes, but that does not change the fact that what they are doing is disrespecting the foundation that this nation lies upon. The flag has never stood for a specific political party; it is the thing that unites us as a nation and something that we take pride in as a country. I think that if you disagree with issues going on in America, there are much better ways to do it, regardless of the legal status, than kneeling during the National Anthem. Specifically in football games or sporting events – people go to these events to forget stress and politics. It is unfortunate that something we went to for relief is turning into a political statement. I think that national symbols should be protected from actions that are deemed disrespectful.

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    • Sam from Idaho

      I think intent matters, in this context especially. These players are not intending to disrespect the flag nor the country with this protest. They are merely attempting to shine a light on a topic that has been poorly dealt with in this country, trying to show that it needs to be addressed. These men don’t hate America, they don’t hate our soldiers, nor do they hate the police, and they are not trying to send hateful messages with this protest. They’re trying to say that police should not be above the law, as we all should not be above the law. When an officer shoots and kills an unarmed black man (which violates the regulations they have in place regarding police officer’s use of weaponry and firearms by the way) they should be punished. This protest HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FLAG, and people speaking about the disrespect that obviously isn’t intended is only pulling the conversation away from the true issue at hand.

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    • Lindsey from Indiana

      I agree 100%. Freedom to protest was not meant violence and disrespecting the country

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    • Thomas from Montana

      I could not have said it better myself!

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  • Matthew from Florida

    My answer of “Yes” comes with a large caveat: national symbols should be protected from disrespectful actions, but not by the government. Every American has the right to say whatever they want, but nobody has the right to be paid for it. Team owners and the NFL should condemn the disrespectful actions of their players, but they are not doing so right now, so the consumers of professional football are doing so in their stead by refusing to pay for tickets and TV viewing services to watch their games. I like football, but I will not watch any NFL games anymore in order to protect a national symbol, the flag, from disrespect. As the saying goes “hate the player, not the game.”

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  • Madison from Pennsylvania

    People should not be allowed to disrespect our flag when they are apart of this country and should stand when the flag is there and the anthem is song. Since I have family serving it hurts to see people disrespected the flag or any of the great national symbols of our country. Then you have the people that are fighting for our country and some not coming home to the family’s they love and they keep us safe so we dont have to fight. To me its just disrespectful that they are doing that when someone is protecting them and risking their lives.

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    People should not be allowed to disrespect our flag when they are apart of this country and should stand when the flag is there and the anthem is song…

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  • Rose from Missouri

    I believe that people should not be allowed to kneel in front of our flag because we have had many people who died to allow us to stand up. Standing is suppose to be a sign of respect toward the flag. Though when you kneel you are disrespecting everyone who died for our country and our values. Its just a simple sign of respect why cant you understand that.

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    I believe that people should not be allowed to kneel in front of our flag because we have had many people who died to allow us to stand up. Standing i…

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  • Madalyn from Missouri

    Whether it is some Confederate stachue or the American flag it is apart of our history our nation shouldn’t let that be taken away even if it can stand for something that you don’t agree with. There were bad times in our history and those symbols now remind us of where we were and how far we now have gotten.

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    Whether it is some Confederate stachue or the American flag it is apart of our history our nation shouldn’t let that be taken away even if it can stan…

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  • Caleb from Michigan

    because the military work there buts off to protect us and Colin just kneels

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  • Elijah from Kansas

    Yes, they should. They are the symbols of this great nation. They should be treated with the utmost respect. Is it not illegal to kill a bald eagle? No, it isn’t. It’s equal to a five-thousand dollar fine or a year in federal prison. Shouldn’t we hold the flag to the same standard?
    We should, but we don’t. Instead, we stomp on it, we burn it, we spit on it. The people that do those kinds of things only do it for one reason. They have never been told no, and when they get into the real world, they get told no all the time, so they blame America instead of blaming their parents for coddling them all their lives. They do these things to the flag because they’ve never received one folded up. They need to realize that the flag stands for more than “America”. It stands for union, fairness, veterans, the American dream, brotherhood; I’d go on but I don’t have enough room in this paper.

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  • Blake from Kansas

    I believe that people should not be allowed to disrespect our country like they are. It’s so ridiculous for people seeing it and so disrespectful for people to those veterans and people who have served for this country. Kneeling for the National Anthem does nothing for you but make you look like a jerk. If you really don’t like what we do in this country then leave. It’s ridiculous for you to kneel like it’s okay. But you know the one reason you can go to bed at night without a worry is because of those people who have fought and died for this country. That’s why I believe you should not be able to disrespect national symbols.

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    I believe that people should not be allowed to disrespect our country like they are. It’s so ridiculous for people seeing it and so disrespectful for …

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  • Brooke from Kansas

    When reading this question, my initial response was yes. Yes, people should stand and respect the Flag. Respect for the people who fought for your freedom, even gave their lives for it. This is a very controversial topic. When you kneel, not only are you disrespecting the soldiers, you are disrespecting this country too. The country that has the most freedom in the world. We as a people are so entitled. We think we deserve things. If someone chooses to kneel because they feel like they are being denied freedom, go for it. I don’t think anyone should be forced to do anything they don’t want to do, I just wish people realized how much freedom they really have. I wish people thought about the people that gave their lives for that freedom and respected them enough to simply stand for the National Anthem or for the Pledge of Allegiance.

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  • Alexis from Michigan

    I don’t think people should be able to kneel. I believe that it is disrespecting to everyone including veterans, navy, and everyone in the army. My cousin serves in the army and I think it’s insulting. People are kneeling when they are told to stand if you are able. Clearly, they are able so they should be able to stand and not kneel. It is insulting to our entire country and our freedom.

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    I don’t think people should be able to kneel. I believe that it is disrespecting to everyone including veterans, navy, and everyone in the army. My co…

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  • Ethan from Michigan

    I think they should be allowed to do this because it’s their choice and they have the freedom

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  • Samuel from Montana

    Although the first amendment protects a persons right to take a knee it is highly disrespectful and should not be allowed. You are insulting the people who fought and died protecting this country and keeping us safe. It is common courtesy to stand during the national anthem to show respect and honor for those who have fallen and those horribly injured by the ravages of war. They went through this hell to protect us so the least we could do is stand and show appreciation.

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    Although the first amendment protects a persons right to take a knee it is highly disrespectful and should not be allowed. You are insulting the peopl…

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  • Morgan from Montana

    We as Americans have a lot of rights and by disrespecting the national symbols you show people that you don’t care about the United States and if you are unhappy you are always free to leave the country and go somewhere else. Most people might say they would if they have the money or somewhere to go to but in the United states we have more benefits then other countries. If you go to another country for a couple months and then come back then you might show more respect. When you show disrespect for the national symbols, you are showing disrespect to everyone who has served and works for our country. People who are caught disrespecting national symbols should be thrown into prison and fined. If you are charged for multiple actions you should be thrown into the military and disciplined.

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    We as Americans have a lot of rights and by disrespecting the national symbols you show people that you don’t care about the United States and if you …

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  • Courtnee from Montana

    In today’s world there are so many different protests being held. However how many of these are positive? The media has recently blown up with NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. This has created an uproar for many facts such as, dishonoring your country and the people who have fought for our freedom. Some believe its an act of stating that its because of racism in our country. However it has nothing to do with racism, you may argue back that you don’t want to stand for a country who has created it. Yet, if we analyze the past every American has at least one person who has fought for the flag. So, its ignorance to kneel at the flag that your ancestors fought to protect. If you cant stand for a flag that gives you freedom then live in a place that doesn’t give you that right. America has made leaps and bounds and we are not still in the land of slavery. So I leave with this there are men and women who want to stand for their flag but, have medical problems from the war. So, why do you feel that you’ve been hurt in so many ways that you can’t stand for your country?

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  • Tanna from Montana

    It is wrong to disrespect our flag, but we also have the right to have a voice. We have a freedom of speech but I believe that we shouldn’t be allowed to disrespect our flag. We need to have respect for our flag and our country, but at the same time we need to have a voice to say what we think is right.

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    It is wrong to disrespect our flag, but we also have the right to have a voice. We have a freedom of speech but I believe that we shouldn’t be allowed…

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  • Marissa from Montana

    There are many people who are disrespecting the flag. I personally think if you are disrespecting any symbol of the United States, you need to leave. Being an American citizen, I know people that have died for our country to be successful and full of freedom. Our symbols need to be protected by our rights. Consequences should be given to those that disobey our symbols.

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    There are many people who are disrespecting the flag. I personally think if you are disrespecting any symbol of the United States, you need to leave. …

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  • Spencer from Montana

    I feel there are much better ways to go about a protest then kneeling during your country’s national anthem. This is not only disrespectful to our country but to our veterans as well. If anything stand up out of respect.

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    I feel there are much better ways to go about a protest then kneeling during your country’s national anthem. This is not only disrespectful to our cou…

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  • Brennan from Montana

    I don’t believe people should be using our nations anthem as a platform for argument and disrespect, young men gave their lives so that we could have freedoms, freedoms which allow scum like you to kneel during a sacred pledge that pays respect to our soldiers. If you feel you are being disrespected by others, then why would you think disrespecting the nation solves your problems, argue in a group chat on Myspace you steaming hunk of garbage.

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    I don’t believe people should be using our nations anthem as a platform for argument and disrespect, young men gave their lives so that we could have …

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  • Shealyn from Montana

    I completely understand not putting your hand on your heart during the National Anthem and just standing respectfully. I think it is extremely disrespectful to not participate at all during the Anthem. Why is it all about the anthem? While your high school football players participate in a prayer together, do you go out and start yelling or being disrespectful to them? I understand that this is a controversial subject, but does the other side believe that they can get away with this because they are using the National Anthem as their platform? Sometimes, young men are forced to serve, and the least one person can do is stand for them during the nation’s song.

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    I completely understand not putting your hand on your heart during the National Anthem and just standing respectfully. I think it is extremely disresp…

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  • Ysabelle from Montana

    When you do not stand during the national anthem or even take your hat off, I find it very disrespectful. Some people don’t understand the fact that our loved ones died to fight for our rights and our freedom in this country. And some people don’t understand the reason why people don’t stand either, which I have to understand as well we all have our differences on what we stand for and what we don’t stand for in our country. I also respect the fact why people don’t stand during our national anthem and why people do, I cant change anything when people don’t stand all I have to do is understand there reasons why and respect the fact that they do it.

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    When you do not stand during the national anthem or even take your hat off, I find it very disrespectful. Some people don’t understand the fact that o…

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  • Skye from Montana

    To not stand for the national anthem is dis respectful for the people that fought for your freedoms.
    But on the other hand,immigrants or the way people were brought up with a different understanding of what morally matters to you and who and what you give your respect too. However no matter where you’re living you need to respect country’s customs and an understanding of what is important to that country to stand for.

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    To not stand for the national anthem is dis respectful for the people that fought for your freedoms.
    But on the other hand,immigrants or the way pe…

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  • Joe from Montana

    People should the respect the flag.

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  • Coleman from Montana

    People should be required to stand during our national anthem. The national anthem is what represents this great country and what we had to go through to earn the freedoms that we have. By kneeling people are disrespecting and abusing the freedoms granted to them through the hard work of our very valuable service men and women who have fought and died for this very great country. People need to start respecting the flag and the anthem. Its disrespectful and childish. People are all equal and this whole discussion about blacks being more segregated than any other race is false. If they want to be a success then they need to go out and get jobs and make a contribution to society instead of joining violent gangs. People have way too much of a sense of entitlement. Disrespecting a national symbol should be illegal and very frowned upon.

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    People should be required to stand during our national anthem. The national anthem is what represents this great country and what we had to go through…

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  • Trevor from Montana

    While people have the constitutional right to peacefully assemble and to protest, bringing politics into something that should refrain from such a topic just seems unprofessional. To perform actions such as kneeling for the National Anthem is quite disrespectful. Players should keep their political stances out of the game. There are many more professional ways to protest the inequality that has arisen in our country. Being publicly verbal, for one. There is a plethora of celebrities that bring public awareness to controversial topics via social media, physical approaches, as well as public protests with other people. To kneel during an anthem that pays respect to anyone who has fought to protect our country and our rights is a definite sign of disrespect when there are other positive ways to come about protesting. While it might be an attempt to unify citizens under the fight for equality, all it’s done is divided us further and continues to. Football is not a platform for political outcry and should never be.

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  • ann from Montana

    Yes, I think our national symbols should be protected because people have dead for our country and to make it was it today. We need to be respectful and learn to support the people who are and who have dead serving our country.

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  • Micalann from Montana

    People have fought for our country and died for it. People should not be allowed to kneel during the anthem because it is disrespectful to veterans. Express your opinion some other way that doesn’t disrespect our nation.

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    People have fought for our country and died for it. People should not be allowed to kneel during the anthem because it is disrespectful to veterans. E…

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  • Lucy from Indiana

    I believe you have the right to practice your own beliefs BUT as soon as you start disrespecting the area, community, home, or surroundings you are in, you should be reprimanded and asked to leave any premises.

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    I believe you have the right to practice your own beliefs BUT as soon as you start disrespecting the area, community, home, or surroundings you are in…

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  • Connor from Oklahoma

    The way I see it, if Colin Kaepernick wants to protest, say for black rights, then let him do it. If he wants to assemble in the streets and hold up signs and defend the rights of African Americans against a specific entity that is obviously discriminating against blacks, then more power to him. But if he decides to kneel while the National Anthem is being played and the colors are being presented, then he is no longer protesting on behalf of black rights, but he is just flat out opposing the nation as a whole. If he does not support President Trump, that is technically fine I guess, since most of America is against him and he did not win the election so much as Hillary Clinton lost it, but that does not warrant an outright opposition to the country and what it stands for. And yes, the phrase “stands for” was used quite intentionally. If there is a specific evil out there that he wants to fight, he should just voice it. After all, he has the media all around him and if light was shed on a corporation or individual that was acting outwardly racist then the whole nation would stand behind him and we would take down the evil. However, he instead has decided to protest the very country that wants to help him. The flag in no way stands for bigotry, and it was very disrespectful of him do kneel. While I believe in free speech and the right to protest, I do not believe that the bill of rights allows for one to appear to protest the very nation that pays him millions of dollars to play a game.

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  • Alyssa from Florida

    Disrespecting the people that died for our country is something that is strongly debated about. Even with the people that are being disrespectful, you live in the United States, you live in the country that is free, and for the people that died for this country to protect it. Even if you don’t believe in it, or don’t want to participate at least have the decency and the respectful manners to at least stand and show some support for the people who do believe in it.

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  • Sadie from Montana

    People should never be aloud to disrespect our national symbols. Those symbols are what makes this country great. And It doesn’t matter what place you have the society you should not be given a free pass to do something like this. The men and women our countries military have made sacrifices and the ultimate sacrifice for this country and they should never be disrespected like they are know. Our country is great and our flag should always be respected.

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    • Thomas from Montana

      These symbols do represent what makes this country great, I completely agree. But we need to realize there is a first amendment that grants us freedom of speech and freedom to peacefully protest. This is a part of the document that keeps us as American citizens free, in my opinion it is more important than the flag. The flag is just a symbol to me (that I fully respect and stand for), but again it’s just a symbol. There is no rule that you are required to stand and face the flag, it’s up to you to choose what to do. And some may choose to just sit down and not pay it attention. As disrespectful as it is to the symbol we both love, it’s more disrespectful to the ideals we share as Americans to be free in life. The fact is everyone has the freedom of speech, and these facts don’t care about our feelings. America is free, people died protecting our right to either stand or sit.

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  • Kaylee from Pennsylvania

    I most definitely agree with Tyler, you should not be able to disrespect the American Flag and symbols with the same sentimental value as it. What I disagree with the most is that the only reason why the NFL players could kneel or stay in the locker room is because of the brave men and women who fought for this beautiful and amazing country we call home, because of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and paid the blood tax. Kneeling is a slap in the face to not only those who are serving or have served, but also the families who have seen the ones they loved go into battle but not come out. If they did have their loved ones return, they will never be the same after what the seen considering how many them have PTSD. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)They say they are protesting the police, but it is also the other first responders who also risk their lives everyday to keep the men and women of this country safe. Oh and I do not want to forget to add a couple of stats that prove that the whole African Americans are the targets is NOT the case. (These statistics are from http://www.bjs.gov) “Among reported arrest-related deaths, 42% of persons were white, 32% were black, and 20% were Hispanic” White people were 10% higher then African Americans and Hispanics. “A greater percentage of persons who experienced the use of force (44.1%) had two or more contacts with police than those who did not experience force (27.5%).” These stats prove that most people who have had experienced force were already in trouble with police. I thought these stats were interesting. Do you know what else is interesting? NFL players who pretend to be all peaceful, but in real life they should be in jail. Don’t believe me? Take a look at these players:
    – Jonathan Dwyer (beat wife)
    – Adrian Peterson (beat his 4 year old)
    – Jo-Lonn Dunbar (fighting Donte Green)
    – Keelan Johnson (assaulting POLICE OFFICER and resisting ARREST)
    – Ray McDonald (hit pregnant woman)
    – T.J. Ward (throwing glass at female bartender)
    – Greg Hardy (threatening and assaulting girlfriend)
    – Josh Morgan (punching a man)
    – Jah Reid (getting in a fight, arrested)
    – Ray Rice (hitting then fiancée and dragging her unconscious body out of the elevator)
    – Davone Bess (assaulting POLICE)
    The sad part is that there is a lot more. If you are wondering how all these points are linked, the answer is that the NFL players are hypocrites and they are disrespectful to first responders, soldiers, veterans, and all of their families. So yes, the American flag should be protected, because those who serve don’t deserve that.

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  • avery from Ohio

    I do not appreciate people not honoring those who have given their life for the country. Although, there are a lot of non “free” things about the country, it doesnt mean people have to disrespect.

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  • Sara from Michigan

    Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. However, living in this country, we are all thankful for the safety and freedom that we have. Standing for the national anthem is a way to thank our nation and our nations troops for the luxuries of freedom and safety. Protesting during a national symbol, such as the national anthem, is a disrespect to those who are risking their lives just so you can pull and ignorant, selfish move and kneel during an anthem that the troops are so proud and honored to uphold.

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  • Cydney from Texas

    These symbols represent America and for what we stand. Thousands of people have given their lives fighting for the freedoms and liberties for which our country is based upon. Although it is not illegal to disrespect symbols of our country, it is a matter of showing respect and pride for our soldiers who have served in defending our country, and some even making the ultimate sacrifice.

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  • Kailey from North Carolina

    People should not be allowed to disrespect the ones who have fought for our freedom. Our loved ones spend many hours fighting just to make sure we live in a safe and free country. Those who disrespect the flag are also disrespecting the anthem, our loved ones and our whole nation. People come to the football gamed to watch a nationally sport that we all have grown to love. If all they see is a political event , then that is taking away the fun loving sport. I do believe people have the right to protest and form their own opinions, however: there is a right time and a wrong time to do so. People should have more respect for our country is is not right to disrespect our nation.

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  • Whitney from Missouri

    Many women and men sacrifice their lives just to keep this country free and keep it as great as it is, so I believe that we should protect all that we keep sacred. It’s not fair to disrespect something symbolic or another person just because you disagree on an opinion or you have different beliefs. In my opinion we shouldn’t just shut down someones thoughts because they are different than our own.

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  • Briana from California

    I stand by a persons right to protest, but I do believe that there are other ways to protest for what you believe in. I see kneeling during the National Anthem or not standing for the flag is a sign of disrespect for all of the service men and women who have fought to protect our country. My grandfathers both served in the military and I know that they would see this as disrespect to our country.

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    I stand by a persons right to protest, but I do believe that there are other ways to protest for what you believe in. I see kneeling during the Nation…

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  • Nathan from Ohio

    Not only is it disrespectful to the flag and the Country it represents but also to the people that risk their lives and die for those players to have that right.

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    • Jacob from Montana

      I agree that people should respect the flag that many people died for but they died to protect the flag and our constitution so that we may all have liberty in our own lives. We can not persecute these individuals because that would be taking away freedoms for us. Basically we can’t change the laws just for these few disgraceful people because it changes the law for everyone. We don’t want our own rights taken away.

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      I agree that people should respect the flag that many people died for but they died to protect the flag and our constitution so that we may all have l…

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  • Marco from Florida

    There are many things this nation considers to be symbolic or important, such as the national flag, the Washington Monument, or the lincoln memorial. Many believe that actions such as dropping the flag, spitting on monuments, or simply speaking negative things about the flag or the nation, are disrespectful, and should not be allowed. I personally believe that national symbols should not be protected from disrespectful acts. The reason I believe this is because in the 1st amendment, states that we are given the freedom of speech. With this, we are able to say and do what we want, without the fear of the government stepping in to stop us. The publicity with NFL player Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem, has caused many issues with those who are patriotic. This is another reason why national symbols should not be protected. As the form of protest Colin used, was not in any way harmful, except to that of many emotions. And in many cases, kneeling can be a sign of respect. Kneeling is not, or should not, be taken as offensive. Yes many can go too far when protesting as Gregory Lee Johnson did when he burned the American flag, but there are many peaceful ways to protest, such as what Colin did, and method like those should be spread throughout the nation.

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  • Selena from Florida

    The national symbol should not be protected from actions deemed disrespectful. In past history there has been a very similar case known as Texas V. Johnson case. In this case the court had to decide whether flag burning constitutes “symbolic speech” protected by the first amendment which is very similar to today’s argument on the football players kneeling down to the flag. Many Americans consider this very offensive to those who died fighting for our country, I don’t understand why it has become a big issue now. There has been so many disrespectful people in this world during school and out of school hours. Majority of the time it’s because they are lazy to stand up or simply out of disrespect. Colin Kaepernick may have become a historical figure but to the rest of us it seems like publicity. Donald Trump still had no right on getting him fired from the football team because he has the right to petition according to the constitution. In other words, I simply believe we were given rights and we should be able to use them when needed whether someone gets offended or not.

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  • Hanna from Texas

    I believe that the government should let people have a freedom of speech and leave the immigrants be. The government only picks on certain types of immigrants. The people should be able to say what they want and the government should actually listen to them. And people also have rights the government should hear what they say not beat them. But if the people get to out of hand then maybe they can use some force but not beating people to death or till they have to go to the hospital. That is why I believe the government should leave the immigrants and leave the freedom of speech as it is.

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  • Alex from Montana

    Protesting during the national anthem and is not the right time to protest. Every time I see the American flag, I see a country of freedom, hope, prosperity, and brotherhood. Kneeling and/or sitting while our red, white, and blue flag waves brilliantly during the harmonies of our national song is disrespectful towards the beliefs of the United States. To see that players in the NFL and other sports protesting during our national anthem just looks unprofessional and disgusts me as a citizen of the United States. These acts not only disrespect our country, but they add further to the division of our nation as a whole. As Donald Trump stated, listen to the crowds; they are angry.

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  • Mannie from Ohio

    I think the football players should be punished for kneeling for the national anthem because people have died for them to be free. I think the should not kneel but not put there hand on there chest. They should maybe not record the national anthem if the players kneel during the national anthem . Think the players should be fired if the stand during the national anthem of if the want the can suspend them from for the whole year.If the whole team kneels during the national anthem the whole team should be suspended.I feel bad for the people overseas who has to watch this on TV. I agree with Trump with his rule with everybody should stand during the national anthem.

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  • Owen from Montana

    People should not be allowed to disrespect the flag and our country. The flag represents our nation and the people who fought for it. You should be able to stand for the National Anthem and show your respect for our country. People put their life on the line every single day so you can live a nice free life. Show your respect to the people who put their life on the line every single day.

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  • Tanner from Montana

    There is a time and a place for protesting, during the National Anthem is not the time. I get that by doing it then they are getting their point across to millions of viewers, but it is super disrespectful to the men and women that fought for our freedom. The players that are taking knees, staying in the locker room, and sitting on the bench during the National Anthem should be embarrassed. The National Anthem isn’t a time for protesting, it is a time to be united as a whole nation and we as Americans should be able to see that.

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    There is a time and a place for protesting, during the National Anthem is not the time. I get that by doing it then they are getting their point acros…

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  • Ashlind from Montana

    The American flag should have the respect of everyone in our country, for the reason that, people fought for our freedom and fought for our rights so that America can be known as one of the greatest nations. The flag is a symbol of not only freedom ,but our rights as humans as well. It is wrong to not honor the people who risked their lives, that is showing that they died in vain and people aren’t appreciating their sacrifice. It’s not like their cause is wrong, I agree with it ,but being disrespectful during the National Anthem is the wrong way to go about it. We as Americans need to respect the sacrifice that has been made for us.

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  • Jordan from Montana

    I think that the National Football League chose the wrong time to protest. I support why they are protesting but they should not protest doing the National Anthem. The reason we play the National Anthem before every game, even in high school is to honor our troops that have went out of their way to serve and fight for our country to protect us from terrorist attacks, go out and help clean up and make sure everyone is safe during a national disaster. We should all stand and honor those when our colors are being presented.

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  • Nick from Montana

    I support the protest. I do not support the way that they protest. It is not our country’s fault for inequality. It is us as a society that need to step up. The only thing protesting during the anthem is doing is creating a conflict.

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    I support the protest. I do not support the way that they protest. It is not our country’s fault for inequality. It is us as a society that need to st…

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  • Johnathan from Florida

    SHOULD THE U.S NATIONAL SYMBOLS BE PROTECTED FROM ACTIONS DEEMED DISRESPECTFUL? In my opinion no because how are the being disrespectful by taking a knee during the national anthem.Like 49ers safety eric reid said “they take knee because it’s a respectful gesture”.I’m pretty sure we and all the players in the NFL know what veterans are and what they do and it not a kneel against veterans it a kneel against racial inequality and police brutality.The Washington Post article on “The NFL Couldn’t Keep Colin Kaepernick Off The Field” stated, “He explained to observant reporter Steve Wyche that he could not stand and salute a flag that represented a country where inequality and police brutality existed.National symbols being disrespected do not physically hurt anyone. Some people may not even find it disrespectful. Actions against national symbols are protected by the first amendment, because disrespecting the symbols is a show of how one feels about something, or what their viewpoint on an issue is. If people agreed with it they wouldn’t disrespect it.

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  • Jason from Massachusetts

    They certainly should. They are protected under the First Amendment and teh Supreme Court precedent in Texas v. Johnson. It should not be protected if it presents a clear and present danger.

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  • Katelyn from Missouri

    A lot of people have gotten their way this last year because of the screaming and “protesting” that is done. It’s time for the AMERICAN citizens to stand up and fight for what they want and fight for what offends them. Let’s face it kneeling before the flag and while the national anthem is being played is plan disrespectful towards not only our service members (our troops and police force) but to the American people who pay for your merchandise, pay for your game ticket, and pay to watch you every Sunday night. These players are spitting in the face of the American people who used to support them through everything but they went to far this time. I’m tired of certain Americans who cry about nonsense. They’ve take down statues, they’ve burn the flag, and now you are taking a knee in front of millions to make a point about “police brutality” and “racism”. You complain that your ancestors were forced into slavery, well, what about woman who were burned on the stake. What about the Native Americans who had this land long before us. What about all the men who had been drafted. You don’t see any of them complaining about half of the crap you have. You don’t see them burning the flag, protesting, or kneeling in front thousands. Slavery wasn’t the only bad thing in the United States history. The whole police force is not just targeting black people. Their job is to arrest people and protect this country. To assume all cops are bad is like assuming all African Americans are criminals. So STAND FOR YOUR COUNTRY and STAND FOR YOUR PEOPLE.

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  • Timothy from Ohio

    The United States has been through a lot. We fought hard for our independence. We had a civil war, a depression, helping other countries, protecting those in need. Here we allow you to live the life you want to live, and also express your rights. The American flag is symbol of that. Why would would you want to destroy or burn it? If it offends you then why are you here? Your probably here so that you can have your freedoms. The right to do what you want(under laws), and express your beliefs, but you DO NOT disrespect the flag that represents your rights! You can protest about it, argue about it, but i say again, DO NOT burn, stomp on, or disrespect the flag. you chose to live here, you have to respect the flag that gives you the right to do what you do. Is it for pablicity? Money? I dont know, but you its definetley not right.

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  • Ryan from Ohio

    I believe police brutality and discrimination is imminent in our nation, and I understand that people who want this to be fixed should protest. However, the national anthem is not something to be protested against. It represents what people have done in our country to make it what it is. Being against the flag is saying that you are against America as a whole, not just a thing wrong with it. All those people who died keeping that flag standing are being dishonored by people protesting, especially the NFL. Those players who are sitting or even standing at the tunnel are doing the wrong thing. Their coaches are letting them do stuff like this because if they don’t, those players would quit. These players believe they can do whatever they want, just because they are famous. It seems as though they want attention more than actually want to help this nation. I’m fine with them protesting, but the national anthem and the flag is not something that should be protested. Even if it’s a peaceful protest, the flag does not need to be protested against. The flag represents more than how the U.S. has shaped, it represents the people who shaped our country. Peacefully protesting is not an excuse!

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    I believe police brutality and discrimination is imminent in our nation, and I understand that people who want this to be fixed should protest. Howeve…

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  • Mattie from Ohio

    I believe that there should be a law against kneeling or sitting during the National Anthem because so many brave people have suffered and died for our country to have the freedoms that we have. 58,220 American soldiers died during the Vietnam War. 405,399 American soldiers died during World War 2. 33,652 American soldiers died during the Korean War. 20,049 American soldiers were wounded and 3,559 American soldiers were killed in the War of Afghanistan. 116,516 American soldiers died in World War 1. 4,497 American soldiers died during the War in Iraq. How many more casualties must I list in order for people to realize that OUR flag, the AMERICAN flag, the flag that represents ALL OF AMERICAN CITIZENS is being disrespected. The NFL are all US citizens. If they want to protest fine, they have the right to, but they have the nerve to do it during the National Anthem and for that I will no longer watch and/or support. They have lost ,my support because they don’t have the decency to stand during the National Anthem. If they want to protest, they can go out on the streets and protest like every other normal american citizen who wants to protest. They have lost my respect. My family and so many other families have had people die in order to protect this country. Some have died brutal, unforgiving deaths all for the citizens of America to have the freedoms to do what we currently do. And to have the decency to kneel during our anthem puts all of that in vain. If they want to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem, then they should be fired. Have a little decency next time NFL, because I’m tired of you kneeling during the anthem.

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  • Julie from Ohio

    Our national symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful. When kneeling during the national anthem or not standing to say the pledge you aren’t giving the respect to the country that the soldiers who are protecting our rights deserve. I understand not saying the pledge of allegiance if your religion doesn’t believe in that God or if you don’t believe in a God but at least you should stand to respect the soldiers that fought, are fighting, and lost their lives for this country. Our flag is our national flag and symbol our national anthem is our song when you aren’t standing you aren’t showing respect to your country and those fighting for our rights of free speech. Kneeling for the result of how the country’s current path is, is not how you make the change. We are still doing the same things. If you want to change our country you have to make the change and do something that will truly affect how our country is being run and what’s going on in the country. We can’t all just hate each other and only unite when a disaster strikes. We need to always remain one nation under God and support each other all the time. We must protect our national symbols not only for the sake of thanking the veterans but also for the right of the people and all this country stands for. WE MUST UNTIE AND ENJOY OUR COUNTRY’S RIGHTS THAT ARE LIKE NO OTHER!

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    • Madison from Ohio

      You did a very good job with your essay but I can’t agree with you. Sorry.

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  • Logan from Ohio

    Yes, the flag should be honored by all citizens of the United States. Those who disrespect the American flag have lack of education, and unfortunately there are many of them. They don’t understand why we should care about the flag. We are alive and in this democratic country today because of our ancestors who fought for our freedom, to form this country, for peace and happiness. There are many colored people who show hatred in our country because of slavery in the past. That was when we were forming the country. We were keeping everything under control to grow and not lose our land. When the time was right, rights were given to not just the colored but the women as well. The country was very young. Beginning the country of freedom for everyone, making everything as fair as they can. Think of where we are today. The colored people and women were part of those who formed the country as well. They fought to make this country what it is today. NO ONE should disrespect our flag that represents the heart and soul of America. If you think it’s okay to not honor the flag, then you have no right to be an American citizen. I hope you all understand how important it is to not just me, or you, but all of those who are American citizens today. Thank you.

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  • Jenna from Ohio

    Yes, I do believe that there should be a law that athletes aren’t allowed to kneel during the national anthem. Our National Anthem is used to show your pride and respect for your country, and those who fought for it. Everyone should have freedom of speech and the right to protest, but kneeling during our National Anthem is not the way to do it. It’s disrespectful to those who fought and gave their lives to our country to kneel during the song dedicated to them. I completely understand the issue our country has with racism and equality, and how much it impacts the people. It truly is an issue that we should address as a whole, but by having NFL football players kneel during a song dedicated to our country and those who gave their lives to it is not a way to help the situation. Our entire country as a whole should get involved and work to end racism. Even though I am all for protesting for what you believe in, I find it extremely disrespectful to kneel during our National Anthem and that is should be outlawed.

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  • Emma from Ohio

    I do not think people should be able disrespect the flag. If your disrespecting the flag, then you should not be living in America. Sitting/ taking a knee during the National Anthem is much disrespect to soldiers or veterans that fought in the war to keep YOU safe.

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    I do not think people should be able disrespect the flag. If your disrespecting the flag, then you should not be living in America. Sitting/ taking …

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  • Mason from Ohio

    is it for the publicity and money? or for your believes?

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  • Kody from Florida

    I believe National Symbols kneeling during the National Anthem should be considered disrespectful. There are many things frowned upon in this world, and that is at the top of my list. Soldiers have lost their lives in battle, fighting for our freedom, and for those “stars” to show that kind of disrespect, disgusts me. They get paid way too much and believe they are way better than everyone else. To be able to play in a free country without the fear of a war breaking out, should be a privilege, and these guys have the nerve to kneel during the National Anthem. If I was an NFL coach, and witnessed one of my players kneeling, I would tell them to kick rocks and go somewhere else. That is so far beyond disrespectful to our great country and if they want to kneel, they can leave America while they’re at it. They need to have some respect and understand that they are playing the sport they love FREELY, because of the brave men and women who fight to keep us safe and out of harms way.

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  • Dean from Indiana

    Those athletes who kneel are disrespecting two reasons for the flag and the anthem. One it disrespects to the troops who have fought and died for this country. Two it’s as a time for any one of any race, sex, and color to stand together as one nation united.

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  • Matt from Virginia

    People fight and die for our nation. Someone can at least respect the nation

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  • Amy from Kentucky

    Our country’s symbols were chosen carefully to represent our American values. There is symbolic meaning in each star and stripe of the flag. There is a reason why we are represented by the Eagle. These symbols were chosen to stand for us all, and so we all should protect them from degrading and disrespectful behavior. Our country is unique in that it is a democracy and allows freedoms such as the freedom to speak our minds and to disagree with one another. People have died fighting to preserve those freedoms and protecting the symbols of our nation. Disagree, fine. But you do NOT have the right to step all over the symbols of our country that represent so much sacrifice. There has to be a way to express yourself and your displeasure with how things are going than to defecate in the faces of the veterans and their friends who died on battlefields so you have the right to stand up for your beliefs.

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  • Bryan from Ohio

    Yes, I think that national symbols should be protected from disrespectful actions. They are supposed to be something we show pride over. We are very lucky to be a free society with many rights. As an American it’s our job to show respect where respect is due. The soldiers that fought and died for our freedom should be held in the highest respect. We should always be appreciative of their sacrifice, and show it through our actions.The football players only have the freedom of speech because of those very soldiers. They are paid to entertain people, not to protest. They should have not been allowed to show any political views while they were at work. Several months before this very protest a football player was in a controversy about kneeling and saying a prayer on the field. He was later fined for his actions. This should have been less controversial than people kneeling during the anthem. Those players should be fined for not being respectful to a national symbol. It is a time honored tradition to show respect for our Country, and the men and women who keep us safe. If they wanted to protest they could have picked any other time, and done it in a way that was not offensive to our Country. The time and place of the protest was not appropriate, and they should have to answer for there actions. This is why I think that these types of national symbols should always be protected and held in pride.

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  • Megan from Florida

    Disrespecting our National symbol has been a big controversy lately. Kneeling during the national anthem wasn’t the first time this issue occured, as the case of Texas v. Johnson happened in 1989. Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American flag outside of a Republican National Convention is Texas. Violating the law that Texas had, Johnson had to go to court. Johnson argued that the First Amendment protected him as he had the right of Freedom of Speech no matter who he offended while doing so. Burning our national flag falls under this category as it is “symbolic speech” so Johnson was allowed to do so. Kneeling during the National Anthem is a newcoming issue. Started by Kaepernick, an NFL player, did not stand up during the Anthem. After several games, a reporter confronted him about it and got the response that he won’t stand for a flag where inequality and police brutality exists. I strongly disagree with Kaepernick and every other person who does not stand for our flag or disrespects our nation. I believe this should not be allowed or protected by the First Amendment. Millions of people have died fighting for our country. Although we are far from a perfect country, we have a better life than many other people. The U.S. has its faults but we have thousands of people trying to get their citizenship to be an American citizen. When the Olympics are happening EVERY person in that stadium, room, field complex, etc. will stand up for the winner and stand for their national anthem as their Countries song plays. If our people can stand for another countries Anthem, and other people would do anything to be a part of our nation, we should be able to stand for 2 minutes to show respect to our country and its people who have fought so hard for America.

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  • Esperanza from Florida

    The national symbols should be protected from any view. This country has given a place to live to many of us from all over the world. We have the freedom of speech, although if many people take advantage of that. This nation has provided many benefits to us and we should be thankful for that. Our veterans have fought for our freedom. The minimum action we can do in order to thank is standing or taking a knee for the national anthem. In this case NFL players should be taking a knee for the national anthem. NFL players happen to be very popular. Many people see them as an example. Every single person who follows them or watches them play should learn at least something positive about it.

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  • Na´shae from Maryland

    Our national symbols absolutely does not deserve to be disrespected however we have a president who doesn´t listen. The reason for kneeling during the anthem is not to disrespect our national symblos. Kneeling during the anthem is to give a voice for those who know the bad side of football. Many years ago athletes kneeled during the anthem. Kneeling during the anthem is your intentions and the reaction they are attempting to get out of it.

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  • Gauge from Ohio

    I believe that our national symbol should be protected from disrespectful actions. Kneeling during the national anthem is very disrespectful because that is dishonoring our fallen soldiers. None of us would be here today if the soldiers never fought for our freedom therefore we should respect each and every one of our soldiers. I can understand the other football players going into the locker rooms to get out of all the drama going on. You can argue about things but you shouldn’t be able to disrespect the whole country just because you’re upset. In all honesty I think the players who kneel during the anthem are overreacting way too much. Football players are overpaid for what they do and our soldiers are very underpaid which is saying a lot, so football players should not disrespect them all like that. The power of money is going to the football players’ head and they don’t care about what they do or what anyone else thinks. The coach for the Dallas Cowboys, the team representing Texas, in my opinion is intelligent for what he said to his players. No one else has to have the same beliefs as me but I think it is just insanely disrespectful and that is just my personal opinion.

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  • Lily from Ohio

    National symbols should be protected from actions that have been deemed disrespectful because people should not be protesting to something that is not what they are really protesting against just for attention.Just like the the people who are kneeling during the national anthem they are protesting against police brutality.They are just doing this for attention when the national anthem is said for the nation not police brutality.Some people are saying that it is a big issue that the authority should be focusing more on. I think that in order to solve the problem this case should be taken to court so they can make a reasonable result about the matter. Another example would be that many people are tearing down historical statues because they find them offensive.I think that instead of taking them down that they should move them to museums or build another statue so that everyone can be happy.It is wrong and should be against the law because because they are discriminating their country and many people’s beliefs .I also think that making this a law is for the good of the people so that the issue can officially be taken care of.

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  • Taylor from Ohio

    I think the national symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful. There should be a law against kneeling or sitting during the national anthem. We live in the United States of America and should be proud of it, if you aren’t then you shouldn’t live here. The United States is a strong country and should be proud and respectful to our soldiers. The football controversy is very disrespectful. These football teams are part of the U.S and should represent them with pride. The football teams all stand for a different state and if they aren’t proud of that then they can leave the country. In my opinion the people who disrespect the national anthem should be penalized. I am not saying a death sentence but people surely should be punished for all the disrespect towards the United States of America. Laws should be made to stop people from disrespecting the national anthem. I don’t believe the national anthem should be a religious problem. In my opinion it’s about being grateful and a way to show appreciation towards our troops who fought in these wars for our safety. The soldiers had to fight in these terrible wars with bravery, and we should thank them as much as possible. If laws are made then may be people will show more respect towards our country.

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  • Joshalynn from Ohio

    I think NFL players should kneel for the games. I think people should kneel for the national anthem. Why people should stand for the national anthem is because it’s good for people who served or who are serving for the USA. Why I think it is good to stand for them is because they are recognizing them for what they are doing for the country; and so the people who are getting recognized for the kneeling for the national anthem and letting them know that who are watching people on football and any other sport they are going to know that people care about the USA and care about the people who are serving for our country are getting recognized. Also I think that people should be able to kneel for the national anthem because they are still serving for the USA. This is why I think people should be able to kneel for the national anthem because they are still recognizing the people who served for the USA and who did serve for the USA.

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  • Tyler from Ohio

    National symbols should be protected. There should be a law saying that you can’t desecrate the flag in any way shape or form. There are many people that have fought and died for the flag. You should show them respect by standing for the flag and showing them that you actually care about them risking their lives or even losing their lives for the patriotic symbols such as the American flag. Protesting the american flag is not the best way of protesting, there are better ways than disrespecting the flag or the people fighting to protect the flag and the United States. If you want to protest you should find a much better way of protesting than disrespecting the flag. Some ways you could protest is… Standing outside the congress building, set a day aside for protesting. There are many different ways to protest but not standing for the flag should not be one of them. Not standing for the flag is probably one of the worst ways to protest. There were veterans in wheelchairs who have crutches just so they can stand for the flag. People who make millions of dollars are being paid to disrespect the ones protecting their protests. This is what I think about people not standing for the flag of The United States of America

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  • Casey from Missouri

    National symbols are a reminder of history. If we do not allow ourselves to remember the past, we are bound to repeat it.

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  • Holden from Florida

    Freedom of speech, our first amendment in the United States Constitution. A symbol of freedom for the people and expressing their political, analytical, and religion without prosecution. Although almost a year ago, a quarterback in the NFL with the name of Colin Kaepernick knelt during one the the 49ers football games. Causing controversy throughout the U.S. Later that season Kaepernick was let go from his position on his beloved team allowing for many people to arise for a better and more suitable punishment. However this did not change, with the next NFL draft for the following season Colin did not manage to be drafted by any other NFL team. Due to the ongoing corruption the people see in the federal government, many different NFL teams knelt, stood, and sat in unity for each other and the people of the United States. The main factor that led to this was Donald Trump’s tweet he posted the day before the football games stating that every person has to stand for the anthem.
    Researching these events and looking at both sides of peoples opinions, I believe that they are very well allowed to express their beliefs the way they want to. On the other hand, being that they are so popular and in a big industry, instead of kneeling of sitting out on a national anthem, they should do something more impactful to our society as in creating awareness on social media and creating different groups to speak out for the communities all over the United States. Citizens of the United States should be able to express their beliefs in what they feel is correct. Although people should not go too far and burn the American flag in public. A flag that symbolizes our freedom and what we have been through to get where we are today.

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  • Keelyn from Florida

    Although I believe people have the right to exercise their first amendment, I believe that our national symbols such as the american flag should be protected from disrespect. The United States is such a privileged and wealthy country. We do have some unlawful events take place but kneeling during the salute to our flag is no way to express your views or do something about what is happening. In an interview asking Colin Kaepernick why he sat down during the national anthem he said he can’t stand for a country with inequality’’. If so then he needs to get up and do something about it.

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  • La'Ronte' from Florida

    SHOULD NATIONAL SYMBOLS BE PROTECTED FROM ACTIONS DEEMED DISRESPECTFUL? Yes Because people should respect our National Symbols. But people do have the right of freedom of speech. Colin kaepernick for example he had the right to do what he did cause that’s what he believed was right for him to do. Colin would then state that he couldn’t stand for a flag and salute a flag that inequality and police brutality existed. He would then proceed to sit during anthems but until a couple players such as Green Beret and former collegiate long snapper, Nate Boyer, reached out to Kaepernick and explained kneeling would be a more “respectful” way to form an protest. He would then begin to kneel during anthems but that still wouldn’t stop everyone from being upset with kaepernick’s decisions. Even though he may not be playing a down of football for any NFL team they still begin to kneel during anthems due to his belief and his protest.President trump even had something to say about it. President Trump begin with his his caustic remarks Friday night and tweets all day Saturday.It begin left players no choice but to respond and many players took their cues from Kaepernick. But this all started because one man was fighting for what he believes in and turns out certain players or people Believes in the same exact thing as him. But players are aware of the outcomes they may have to face because of this happening, they are aware of their involvement in this movement means that my career may face the same outcome as Colin’s. As long as this goes on and years to come for us this will be a defining pose for NFL players, an act the country will remember years from now more than any pass, run or tackle this season.

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  • christian from Ohio

    I think that you should be able to wear whatever you want, whenever you want, where ever you want. You should be able to wear any kind of flag that you want. But if you think there will be a conflict you shouldn’t wear it. When you wear a shirt that has a flag that is on fire to school you shouldn’t be able to wear it. You shouldn’t be able to wear it, because it is not constitutional. I don’t see a problem in people wearing the confederate flag, because it is a part of history. But if you wear a shirt that has a swastika on it you shouldn’t wear it. But it shouldn’t be a problem for wearing an arm band. It is basically like a violation of your freedom of speech. But it shouldn’t be a problem, because you are just showing your support. People shouldn’t have any conflicts, because you are just basically supporting that country. So people should stop having conflicts and start supporting.

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  • Quinton from Ohio

    National symbols should be protected from disrespectful actions. The American flag stands for freedom, honor, and heritage. When someone goes against the flag they are disrespecting their country. They might say that they are using their right of free speech, but when they are kneeling they are going against the very right they are using. If someone burns the flag I think they should be put on trial for treason. If you disrespect the flag, you are disrespecting this country, all of its citizens, and our history. If you are offended by our flag then I say leave. In the case Texas VS. Johnson Johnson burned a flag in protest. Texas felt that he was breaking a law and therefore took him to court. Johnson proclaimed he was innocent because he was using his symbolic speech. The court ruled in his favor because he was protected by the first amendment. Even though this claim can be made I feel that the cases like West Virginia v. Barnette and Texas v. Johnson should be reviewed. If you are burning the flag you are disrespecting all of those who have died fighting for the flag. When he burned the flag he disrespected the very people who fought for his right to free speech.

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  • Dayra from Florida

    Freedom of speech is a right you have in America and I respect that, but disrespecting the very thing that gave you that freedom I do not respect at all. We should protect and respect national symbols because if we don’t then who will? Recently there has been an outbreak of NFL players kneeling for the National Anthem, in mine and a lot of other Americans opinions that is very disrespectful. Especially if it’s for all of the wrong reasons, to do it in spite of the President’s comments is unacceptable. The flag and the National Anthem does not represent the President of the United States, it represents so much more than that. It represents the men and women that fought and died and are still fighting today to protect our rights and our freedom. Yes we have freedom of speech and the right to protest, but is this really the way you want to use that right? We should have more respect for our country and our flag because this “protest” is dividing America more than ever.

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  • Charles from Michigan

    The flag is not merely a symbol of the United States government, it is a representation of the blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into making this country. It represents all the dead, minorities included, who have died for this nation, who gave everything to protect it. You have the right to kneel during the anthem and to burn the flag, but just because you can it does not mean that it is the respectable thing to do. May the flag forever fly because as long as it does those who disrespect it can do so.

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  • klamenta from Florida

    I think everyone in the NFL is doing the right thing by kneeling. Living in America basically means to be proud and free after everything thats been going on with all the killings no one feels that way. Thats one of the reason why everyone is kneeling honestly if i was in the nfl today ill be doing the same. Then our president of the USA said if players kneel durring the national anthem they need to be fired. So that started a really big protest now everyone in the nfl is kneeling. Its like no one respects the anthem anymore because this country or the people in this country is not staying true to what they believe in. So thats starting all these promblems and its just making everything worse for America.

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  • Tereza from Florida

    As a country, I believe we should be protecting the symbols that represent us. The things that go on in the world are not America’s fault or the flags fault. “We the people” are the ones who create what goes on in this country and how we set our actions to be. Colin Kaepernick from the NFL kneeled down or sat, during a couple of National Anthems. Honestly, no one has the right to disrespect what represents freedom. Our soldiers and veterans have fought hard for our freedom and have died trying to do this,they have been away from families leaving them nervous if they will be home or not., the least we can do is to show some respect. Kneeling down or disrespecting in anyway is not going to change anything unless we as Americans change how we set our actions to be. The flag and anything that represents us as Americans, is not a political issue, it’s a national symbol of America.

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  • AlQuonne from Florida

    In the First Amendment, it protects your rights to burn an American flag, because it’s show as a form of “symbolic speech.” This is the only thing that is protecting these NFL players and coaches from being thrown into jail or kicked out of the NFL. And i totally agree with them taking this stand. According to the Washington Post “The NFL couldn’t keep Kaepernick off the field,” “It all just started out with him taking a seat during the National anthem in one of his preseason games. And no one noticed him until he started doing it over and over again.” This is just as similar to the Gregory Lee Johnson case, where he was being prosecuted for burning a flag. But, he didn’t give in and he fought that he was protected by the First Amendment. It specifically says that freedom of speech protects actions that society may find very offensive, but society’s outrage alone is not justification for suppressing free speech. So what this means i can do something as simple as walking around sagging my pants and they may not like it but, it may be someone else that agrees with it. It’s just the way our country is now, we all are protected somehow.

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  • Da'Juan from Florida

    So in general it’s going to offend people but its your freedom of speech so who really cares.

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  • LaShayla from Florida

    Football Players should not be considered hero’s. The veterans are the hero’s. People who are still fighting are the hero’s here. Who have helped us gained our freedom for everyone no matter race religion or gender. plenty of my friends are in training and quite a few of my elders and ancestors fought for the freedom of this country and for all to live in relief not fear of being taken over by a dictatorship. concluding the people who decide to sit or take a knee during the anthem or flag are the disrespectful ones you are not disrespecting the president the president has nothing to do with the flags main symbolism. the flag stands for everyone who is risking their life when fighting overseas or on our own turf, meaning police departments of all cities and counties, and firefighters, and all working in any department that is helping the kids and parents from the government. the flag means so much to all of those affected by death in a family.

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    • Mason from Ohio

      preach sister

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  • Garrett from Florida

    I feel that patriotic symbols should be left out of protesting. I feel this way because men and women have died protecting those symbols and it’s very disrespectful to their memory. If they wanted to protest they should do it another way. I agree with what Trump is saying on twitter, in the articles it talks about how Trump wants the players to be punished for this act of disrespect and he feels very strong about his position on this. I feel that politics and the NFL should not mix, it shouldn’t be right for them to disrespect the nation by kneeling. In other countries you could get executed for disrespecting national symbols. So yes I do feel that we as a nation should protect of national symbols from disrespect. The NFL is called that because it’s the National Football League, and for it being the national football league they should have to stand for our national symbols or they should lose their job.

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  • Wellestey from Florida

    I think National Symbols should not be protected because people have freedom of speech which comes from Amendment one which says congress shall make no law respecting an established of religion or prohibiting, the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech. People in the NFL gonna do whatever they want no matter what the fact is because they gonna get paid and have each other back no matter if they wrong or right that’s how al football players are. The football players who are taking a knee during the National Anthem don’t care what our President Donald Trump have to say because at the end of the day I know they have family in the Army and things also they fought for our country for us to still be here today if it wasn’t for them Army people many things would have happen to us, players just taking up for Colin Kaepernick. Just like people wasn’t standing up when they did the National Anthem when cops was killing African American people how come Trump didn’t say nothing about that, We will never know so It’s no big deal for the players to take a knee. You will never stop that no matter what you do because at the end of the day these NFL coaches will not cut the football players off the team for something like that especially if they really good, If they do they losing their mind and also could not have a good season that year.

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  • Julie from Florida

    Julie ,

    I believe that the American national symbol should be protected in some way. The Flag of the United States stand for exactly that. I do take it as disrespectful and I do believe everyone should stand for our anthem. I do not have family that fights for this country but I do feel strongly about it. The flag and anthem stands for freedom. This freedom was not achieved by playing football. This freedom was not achieved by sitting and waiting for it to be handed to us. This freedom was achieved by the men and women who fought for our country. Notice how I say “Our”, kneeling against our anthem doesn’t say in my mind “Oh stop police brutality” it stands for hate and disrespect. It stands for “I don’t care about any of the people who has made America what it is.” NFL player Kaepernick should go and meet people who have lost so much, stand and look into their eyes and see the pain they endure. Kneel after that, after seeing what so much has been lost to gain the opportunity to simply play football. There’s children in other countries who are not aloud to get an education and are killed for trying. Kids who don’t have opportunity to have the luxury to play a game. It’s disrespectful because he has no clue what it’s like without freedoms. Which is what in my opinion what our American flag and Anthem stand for. I’d like him to talk to the millions of men and women who have fought and seen what it’s like for those people in other countries that do not have what we do. Come back after seeing what it’s really like, then I wanna see if he’s still kneeling. You do not ever see service men and women and their families kneeling, never, and the reason is because they know the true meaning of our anthem. Many Americans are taking their freedoms for granted. Our symbols should be protected from disrespect like this, because kneeling for policy brutality, and not thinking about all the service families who have lost lives is just unbelievable. I will never forget the story my class was told about a girl who survived getting shot in the head because she simply wanted to be educated. Respect our national symbols.

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  • Jacqueline from Florida

    Should National symbols be protected protected from actions deemed to be disrespectful? No, because the president should be promoting the constitution in the first amendment, the president should be considering that to the first amendment. Donald trump is a racist reasoning on why he was racist in the 70s and the including in the 80s, also once stepping in the political arena and kicked off a presidential campaign and now. President trump is using a blow horn to push racism including he is the president of the U.S, signing executive orders. It’s not right to terminate someone of exercising their first amendment to speak. Therefore it’s not right to take someone employment away reasoning to exercising their beliefs. They are demonstrating that they are being discriminated as class meaning pet as reasoning of showing that. The players response and no matter of race to the controversy of donald trump, you have an obligation to stand up and speak out against it.

    I Believe the national symbols shouldn’t be protected by deemed disrespectful acts. Therefore the organization has taken their protest to racist acts. The NFL player are disrespecting the flag. The NFL players just put his opinion of what he thinking example of ‘“ Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country, Tell them to stand!” Donald Trump is just racist because he not respecting their beliefs of freedom of speech that what brought to constitution of bill of right. Donald Trump has no right to tell people of what doing because that’s just a discrimination of firing the NFL player.

    We should all be treated equal, of opinions of what freedom of speech the right to talk our minds out and to not be judged because people died for the American flag of all races. The NFL player had his right to what he was thinking of speech. Therefore there acts of violence everywhere in today’s society. There was no right on firing the NFL player just because the president felt the need to we all have rights. The bill of rights was created in the constitution to have our right as one equal to not be discriminated. George Washington says” If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb will be silent we may be led, like slaughter “ Today our freedom is getting taken away to what the president’s created of freedom. The president is trying to limit the way each person should express themselves of freedon of speech to what the NFL player was doing. There should be justice!

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  • Abigail from Tennessee

    Free-speech is defined as the ability to articulate your opinions without fear of governmental retaliation, censorship, or societal sanction. In my opinion, respecting the symbolism of our country and our freedoms is not infringing on our rights it is simply allowing us to remain undivided. The Pledge of Allegiance states “and to the Republic for which it stands one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” By refusing to acknowledge the symbols of our great nation we are allowing ourselves to be divided , and while we may not be aware of it ungrateful for the blessing of living in a country where everyone has a voice, however, all freedoms have limits and free speech should not be used as a defense for blatant disrespect to our country.

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  • Paige from Nevada

    When people disrespect national symbols they are disrespecting what those symbols mean. The hundreds and thousands of lives that were taken. Their memory is being trampled on. There are better ways to protest that do not involve disrespecting things.

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  • Maci from North Carolina

    It is disrespectful not only to the flag, but to the many brace people who risk their lives to protect us every day. If those people can do that for people who they’ve never even met, is it so hard for us to stand during our country’s national anthem? Our national anthem is a symbol of everything our country is, and if we get to the point where people don’t want to honor and respect our country anymore, than our country will fall apart. With our country falling apart and its citizens disrespecting it, how will we be able to stand against all of the other major forces of the world? As President Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

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    It is disrespectful not only to the flag, but to the many brace people who risk their lives to protect us every day. If those people can do that for p…

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  • Sydnee from Maryland

    My feelings towards this very topic is still up in the air. I understand both sides. Those who feel that the flag should be respected and because people fought and many have died, that’s more of a reason for it to be respected. and those reasons completely make sense.

    On the same token I do understand why people feel like the laws and rules that are attached to the flag are only for those who were of higher power around the time it was established.

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    My feelings towards this very topic is still up in the air. I understand both sides. Those who feel that the flag should be respected and because peop…

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  • Jacqueline from Florida

    Should National symbols be protected protected from actions deemed to be disrespectful? No, because the president should be promoting the constitution in the first amendment, the president should be considering that to the first amendment. Donald trump is a racist reasoning on why he was racist in the 70s and the including in the 80s, also once stepping in the political arena and kicked off a presidential campaign and now. President trump is using a blow horn to push racism including he is the president of the U.S, signing executive orders. It’s not right to terminate someone of exercising their first amendment to speak. Therefore it’s not right to take someone employment away reasoning to exercising their beliefs. They are demonstrating that they are being discriminated as class meaning pet as reasoning of showing that. The players response and no matter of race to the controversy of donald trump, you have an obligation to stand up and speak out against it.

    I Believe the national symbols shouldn’t be protected by deemed disrespectful acts. Therefore the organization has taken their protest to racist acts. The NFL player are disrespecting the flag. The NFL players just put his opinion of what he thinking example of ‘“ Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country, Tell them to stand!” Donald Trump is just racist because he not respecting their beliefs of freedom of speech that what brought to constitution of bill of right. Donald Trump has no right to tell people of what doing because that’s just a discrimination of firing the NFL player.

    We should all be treated equal, of opinions of what freedom of speech the right to talk our minds out and to not be judged because people died for the American flag of all races. The NFL player had his right to what he was thinking of speech. Therefore there acts of violence everywhere in today’s society. There was no right on firing the NFL player just because the president felt the need to we all have rights. The bill of rights was created in the constitution to have our right as one equal to not be discriminated. George Washington says” If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb will be silent we may be led, like slaughter “ Today our freedom is getting taken away to what the president’s created of freedom. The president is trying to limit the way each person should express themselves of freedon of speech to what the NFL player was doing. There should be justice!

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  • Erin from Arkansas

    I certainly think it is very disrespectful to kneel for the Nation Anthem. I think many players do it for the attention and they do not understand fully what they are doing. My family members have fought for this country and they all agree that kneeling is not something players should do in front of Americans. I also believe that Americans have bigger problems to deal with than worry about if players are kneeling.

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    I certainly think it is very disrespectful to kneel for the Nation Anthem. I think many players do it for the attention and they do not understand fu…

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  • Shane from Florida

    Just because you can make millions of dollars and fell like you can say what you want, doesn’t mean that you should. The Flag is everything to our country, and it is one of the foremost symbols of freedom in our county. Kneeling to it and our anthem is a disgrace to the men and women of times past, who died for our millions of people back home. For the veterans who survived wars, lately that of the Iraq war and the war on ISIS, they don’t have a good nights sleep. PTSD effects the mind and soul, and many are put into therapy. Lots of them loved to watch the NFL, but now that is different. Truthfully, all this is would be alright, if there was no kneeling. The Bill of Rights was established to defend all Americans basic rights, and this is something in it, though i believe that his is abusing your right to do so. As Abraham Lincoln once stated, “Standing as I do, with my hand upon this staff, and under the folds of the American Flag, I ask you to stand by me so long as i stand by it.”

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    Just because you can make millions of dollars and fell like you can say what you want, doesn’t mean that you should. The Flag is everything to our co…

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  • Emilio from New Jersey

    It is horrifying that Football players are allowed to sit/neal during the National Anthem. If they are willing to openly insult thousands of soldiers who lost their lives for our freedom, American heroes and inventors, and their entire country, they do not deserve to play an American sport.

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    It is horrifying that Football players are allowed to sit/neal during the National Anthem. If they are willing to openly insult thousands of soldiers…

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  • Kaylie from Ohio

    National symbols should be protected from derogatory actions and gestures, and kneeling for the national anthem is just one key example. If you listen to the national anthem, the words set the scene for a battlefield, in which our soldiers experience everyday, protecting the homeland. The country may not be perfect right now, and there are plenty of issues that need to be solved, but the national anthem is not the right time and place to try and take away attention and gratitude for those troops and veterans whom risk their lives daily for the good of the country.

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    National symbols should be protected from derogatory actions and gestures, and kneeling for the national anthem is just one key example. If you listen…

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  • Mark from Michigan

    I will only say yes with regards to the American flag as I believe that by disrespecting the flag you are disrespecting the troops that fought to have the flag flap freely in the wind. In my opinion disrespecting our soilders is one of the highest offenses possible.

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    I will only say yes with regards to the American flag as I believe that by disrespecting the flag you are disrespecting the troops that fought to have…

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  • Tyler from Oklahoma

    I am going into the United States Army and the entire military’s values rely on respect for symbols and respect for what you are fighting for. You can not just protest the national anthem and expect the public to respect your integrity. No matter the cause, the American Flag and Anthem should be respected. If you want to protest in a league that consists of 70% of predominantly black males according to VICE and the Huffington Post, it actually starts to feel unfair to other races, including Hispanics and Asian- Americans, that the issue is being praised by news organizations. These organizations are failing to realize how unconventionally biased they are, as the NFL players are kneeling for only one race and the news organization’s newscasters and reporters partially (about 34%) are supporters of the Antifa movement and of Black Lives matter, a movement that has been known for the chant of “Dead Cops Now”; their own words used in multiple videos capturing the movement can easily be found by googling the term and has been reported by The Fox News Network. Even the President of the United States has called this out repeatedly using Twitter and in a Rally. This issue can not go unnoticed and needs to be confronted by the public.

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    I am going into the United States Army and the entire military’s values rely on respect for symbols and respect for what you are fighting for. You can…

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  • Han from Virginia

    There is always a time and a place for everything, but using a job as a political stage and using our national emblem as a mode to be disrespectful is not the time or the place. Most people who are watching a sport are looking for an outlet from the everyday rigor of the real world with politics, job etc. they don’t want to see this. They want to enjoy their games with their family and friends to bond not be torn apart.

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    There is always a time and a place for everything, but using a job as a political stage and using our national emblem as a mode to be disrespectful is…

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  • John from Ohio

    I think that it should be protected. The flag that waves on that pole with the stars and stripes stands for your freedom not police brutality or the right to protest. It stands for your right to be free, it stands for your right to to play that game. When you kneel for the flag you are saying I hate that flag and I don’t the parts to deal with it like a man. When the soldiers went into Vietnam people hated it, hippies spit on soldiers, and their were riots. As I continue to see this on the news it angers me more and more, those who kneel are just babies who want attention. How would you feel if they burned the flag on that field or stepped on it, kneeling is doing that. If their was a way to end it, I would hope it came soon and fixed this mess that we have put ourselves into and let it be water under the bridge. If it became a law let it fire the players instead of arresting them. Sometimes force is a necessity when dealing with people who won’t bother to listen to what they should and shouldn’t do.

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    I think that it should be protected. The flag that waves on that pole with the stars and stripes stands for your freedom not police brutality or the r…

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  • Morgan from Connecticut

    Many children and teenagers across the United States look up to national sports players. Kneeling for the national anthem is teaching them that it is okay to disrespect the lives that were lost fighting for to keep our country safe. Politics has a lot to do with the kneeling protests, but politics should not be present in national sport games. Although the many citizens are not agreeing with the words of our president, we still need to respect the people who are allowing us to have these games, wear whatever we choose and be who we want to be.

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  • angel from Ohio

    I think that people should be able to choose whether they should kneel down or stand up. To me, it does not really matter if you stand up or kneel. Basically, I am saying nobody really made a rule to have to stand up and stand there. Maybe they had a good reason to kneel down. The flag stands for freedom and the loss of people in battle. The people that are complaining and disagreeing, I did not see them out there dying for our free dom. As long as you have your hand is over your heart or others saluting then it should not be a big deal. Before going crazy about it you should be thinking of why and what they’re doing this for. Media should be asking them why there doing it. I do not think it is not a big deal. As long as there doing it right and having their hand on their heart it should be fine. Also the pledge does not have the words “standing” in the pledge. The person who wrote the pledge did not say that they have to stand or be forced to. I think it is stupid the media is all over it and should just ignore it.

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    I think that people should be able to choose whether they should kneel down or stand up. To me, it does not really matter if you stand up or kneel. Ba…

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  • Miles from Virginia

    The Flag does not represent the president, or any single race, religion, or political party. The flag represent all of America’s people and our great country that millions of people have given their lives to defend. If you disrespect the American flag then you should not be allowed to receive any of the benefits of an American citizen because you can’t even take a little time to respect the country that gives those benefits and rights, and the men and women who have fought to uphold then. Respect has become a lost art in our modern society, and this has to change.

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    The Flag does not represent the president, or any single race, religion, or political party. The flag represent all of America’s people and our great…

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  • Ryan from Maryland

    The national anthem and flag pay respect to those who protect our country. By kneeling during the anthem you are disrespecting the veterans.

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  • hunter from Michigan

    I think that they shuld be able to do that and cant people burn the flag but they can not kneel that makes no sence

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  • Jolie from Michigan

    I think we should respect the national anthem, BUT I think we can speak our word if we our mad at Trump or any other things that happen. I think that Trump is unprofessional because he talks about women and he is on twitter to speak his word.

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    I think we should respect the national anthem, BUT I think we can speak our word if we our mad at Trump or any other things that happen. I think that …

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  • Wyatt from Michigan

    national symbols should not be disrespected

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  • Marie from Oklahoma

    Our Fore Fathers struggled for YEARS to make sure our nation and its symbols were protected. Yes, we have freedom of speech but, stretching those freedoms to “fit” our own agenda is wrong on SO many levels. I teach jr. high and my students are angry at how little respect these million dollar athletes have for a flag that is defended by men and women who make a tenth of their grand salary!

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    Our Fore Fathers struggled for YEARS to make sure our nation and its symbols were protected. Yes, we have freedom of speech but, stretching those free…

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  • Charlie from Maryland

    I believe that National Symbols deserve the utmost respect. They represent the very ideals upon which the nation was founded: life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. National Symbols also represent those who have died to preserve those values. To disrespect these is to disrespect the people who have died and the ideals for which they died.
    Now, some say that the first amendment protects people’s right to disrespect National Symbols and they would be partially correct. However, while they state that the moral thing to do would be to allow those who would disrespect these Symbols, they are also stating that it is moral to disrespect those who died for you and your rights. Another thing is that in disrespecting the National Symbols, you are disrespecting that which represents the rights which you are exercising. I would interpret it as a sign that you do not like those rights.
    Currently, there is a law in place that lays out the respect due to the American Flag. This law is Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code. This law covers the respect due to the Flag when it is flying, in storage, or being retired. It also covers the respectful conduct of individuals during ceremony. By this law, what the football players are doing is illegal. This law however, is not enforced. I believe that this law should begin to be enforced. It not only states what respect is due to the Flag, but also what is not to be done to the Flag. I also believe that this law should be expanded to cover all National Symbols, such as the National Anthem and all other statues and anything deemed a National Symbol.

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    I believe that National Symbols deserve the utmost respect. They represent the very ideals upon which the nation was founded: life, liberty, and pursu…

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  • James from Arkansas

    I feel that kneeling during the National Anthem is disrespectful to the men and women who fought for this country. When we stand we are giving our respect to our country and our military veterans. Yes we have the right to freedom of speech, but it is still disrespectful to the people who fought to give us that right. People get upset when they are offended, but aren’t concerned with other peoples feelings on certain matters.

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    I feel that kneeling during the National Anthem is disrespectful to the men and women who fought for this country. When we stand we are giving our res…

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  • andrea from California

    it is a symbol to represent the pride in our country. To honor those who has give their life for us.

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  • Emilie from Virginia

    I believe that you should ALWAYS stand for the flag, the country, the veterans, no matter what. They are a part of our country and many have given their lives. I do not believe that it is right to disrespect the fallen like that.

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    I believe that you should ALWAYS stand for the flag, the country, the veterans, no matter what. They are a part of our country and many have given the…

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  • Alysha from Florida

    We as a nation must be able to respect our symbols to show other nations we are a strong and united people. By disrespecting our symbols, we disrespect the freedom of America and all its greatness.

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    We as a nation must be able to respect our symbols to show other nations we are a strong and united people. By disrespecting our symbols, we disrespec…

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  • Jack from Virginia

    I think the NFL players are right for silently protesting President Trump’s comments directed towards them. They have every right to do that. However, kneeling for the national anthem is not the best way to get back at President Trump. I think the kneeling got Americans more frustrated than it did the President. They could have thought of other ways to retaliate back at President Trump. In my opinion, it shows disrespect to America when someone refuses to stand and honor the national anthem when it is being played. The anthem is a symbol of America and its greatness, so it is only right that Americans stand and respect the anthem. We are taught from a young age in elementary school to stand for the pledge and the anthem, put our hand over our hearts, and respect it. So why all of the sudden are we choosing to stop now?

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    I think the NFL players are right for silently protesting President Trump’s comments directed towards them. They have every right to do that. However,…

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  • kirby from Illinois

    I think that people living in America should show respect for the the things that represent our country. We should show respect to the men and woman who leave their families to go fight for us. Respect for the lives that have been lost and the people that have been wounded. When the national anthem is playing people should stand tall and put their hand on their heart, symbolizing gratitude for the freedom we have and the people who have fought and continue to fight for that freedom.

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    I think that people living in America should show respect for the the things that represent our country. We should show respect to the men and woman w…

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  • Collin from Michigan

    The United States is a great country with many rights but does still have some problems. One of them racism. I believe that people should not be allowed to disrespect the flag if they have no reason. However, I also think that in this example there was a reason. I think that he was still respcting that we have rights and he was respecting the people who have founght and died for it. He was trying to say that while everybody has their rights some blacks are being treated worse than whites. Like if a white guy killed some one and a black guy did Colin was saying that the black guy would get in big trouble or shot while the other guy might serve years in prison but not have life taken from him. Kneeling or locking hands with reason I believe is not disrespectful but if a team were to completely skip a national anthem then I would say that is disrespectful and should not happen.

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    The United States is a great country with many rights but does still have some problems. One of them racism. I believe that people should not be allow…

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  • Samara from Alabama

    Colin Kapernick was trying to prove a point that he was dissatisfied with the way things were being done in America. He had to make some people upset in order to make people listen and understand his cause. What he did was a means of persuasion, which is what every protest should be. Plenty of things were deemed disrespectful in the days of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, but they proved a point and made a change in order to make their country a better place.

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  • Cara from Kentucky

    National symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful because those symbols are what make our country what it is today. Acts such as kneeling during the National Anthem can be viewed as disrespectful to our country and to the soldiers that protect us, but they technically should not be illegal as they are expressions of an American’s freedom to freely speak their opinions. However, physical actions such as burning or defacing an American flag should not be allowed in our country due to what the flag stands for. Verbally expressing your opinions about certain issues in our country should be protected rights, as they are freedoms of speech, but actions including physically defacing the flag should not be protected.

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    National symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful because those symbols are what make our country what it is today. Acts such as …

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  • Jacob from Kentucky

    The First Amendment of the United States Constitution gives us, as Americans, the right to disrespect the flag or the national anthem, however, I believe that this should still be frowned upon by every United States citizen. Our soldiers fight so our freedoms, so, personally, I believe that symbols of our country should not be disrespected. There are many other respectful forms of protest that do not desecrate our flag or other symbols of our country.

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    The First Amendment of the United States Constitution gives us, as Americans, the right to disrespect the flag or the national anthem, however, I beli…

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  • Samuel from Kentucky

    I think they should keep them because it is a part of our history and although it might have a bad reasoning behind it we should keep them. Much like the confederate statues they are a symbol of America’s past and why we should not repeat it and think about actions in the past that cannot reoccur.

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    I think they should keep them because it is a part of our history and although it might have a bad reasoning behind it we should keep them. Much like …

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  • Karli from Kentucky

    As much as I hate to say this, I can see where people are coming from when they say they have the right to kneel. However, it is extremely disrespectful to perform that action because thousands of people are sacrificing their lives to protect us. We should honor the flag with great pride to show our respect for those who have lost our lives for our country. People can stand for 30 seconds while we respect our country, and our leaders who are losing their lives just for our freedom and protection. In addition, burning the flag is a highly disrespectful action to preform. It is a slap in the face to those soldiers who sacfrice everything they have for our country. In conclusion, you should not be able to kneel or burn the flag.

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    As much as I hate to say this, I can see where people are coming from when they say they have the right to kneel. However, it is extremely disrespect…

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  • Conor from Kentucky

    I think that national symbols should be protected because they represent this country and all it has to offer and they represent the sacrifice many men and women have made for this country and for the people who are disrespecting these things.

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    I think that national symbols should be protected because they represent this country and all it has to offer and they represent the sacrifice many me…

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  • Grace from Kentucky

    I think that people have the right to protest, but they do not have the right to protest by disrespecting national symbols. The national anthem is respecting and recognizing the sacrifice that our soldier’s make in order to keep us safe. The NFL players are protesting equality and injustice by kneeling during the anthem. I believe by kneeling the players are not fighting inequality and injustice but instead they are disrespecting the men and women who sacrifice their lives to keep us safe. If the NFL players truly believe that there is a problem in our society they should use their fame and wealth to actually do something to make a difference.

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    I think that people have the right to protest, but they do not have the right to protest by disrespecting national symbols. The national anthem is res…

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  • Anna from Kentucky

    People should not be able to disrespect our nation in any way, shape, or form. Those who have fought and died for our country whether they are bothered or not by the kneeling or other disrespectful actions should not at all be shown this form of disrespect. If it is something they might feel very strongly about then I think the individual should try voicing their opinion in a less offensive way.

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    People should not be able to disrespect our nation in any way, shape, or form. Those who have fought and died for our country whether they are bothere…

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  • William from Kentucky

    There is freedom of speech and therefore I can believe you can do what you want even though others do not support what you believe in. Sometimes these arguments will boil over and conflict will occur; however, I feel that it is a free country and you are allowed to what you want, when you want, how you want.

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    There is freedom of speech and therefore I can believe you can do what you want even though others do not support what you believe in. Sometimes these…

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  • Malachi from Michigan

    I think that if they were not born in the US they should not have to stand.

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  • Nicole from California

    People fought and died for this country. Our flag and our anthem are a symbol for the freedom that we have and they fought for. People should not be allowed to disrespect these symbols as a form of protest. Although they have the freedom of speech, they should not have the right to disrespect the symbols of the country that they live in. It is inappropriate to disrespect the country’s flag and anthem and what they stand for.

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    People fought and died for this country. Our flag and our anthem are a symbol for the freedom that we have and they fought for. People should not be a…

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  • Nate from California

    They’re not disrespecting those who have died for our country, they’re making a statement.

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  • Ayana from Virginia

    They are a part of history.

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  • nathan from Michigan

    There is a time and a place for a peaceful protest, People shouldn’t bring their political views into their careers. There is no exception for NFL players.

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  • Austin from California

    I feel like things such as the American Flag should always be respected, especially during the National Anthem because the National Anthem is about the people who fought for our freedom and it is a way of respecting them.

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    I feel like things such as the American Flag should always be respected, especially during the National Anthem because the National Anthem is about th…

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  • Tymon from Ohio

    The objects that have become American symbols are part of our history. Those who do not respect it are disrespecting everything America has ever stood for. The flags of our past, even the heroes from our past. We can not simply erase part of our history. I live in Ohio, there is a Confederate burial ground near Columbus called Camp Chase, someone broke and defaced one of the confederate statues. But why? There is no cause for that, the statute was not a rallying point for white supremacists, it wasn’t a symbol of black oppression, it was a memorial to the 2,260 confederate POW’s that died while they were imprisoned here in Ohio. People have twisted history to make it more “politically correct”, or make it less offensive to certain demographics. Disrespecting or misusing the symbols of our past, creating a negative image of those symbols, ultimately ensuring that they get erased from our history all together.

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    The objects that have become American symbols are part of our history. Those who do not respect it are disrespecting everything America has ever stood…

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  • Lilia from California

    People should be able to express what they’re feeling to some extent and not be punished.

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  • Ayrton from Florida

    The American Flag is a Symbol of what we are, what a ecosystem of freedom has formed, to demolish this flag, is no different than to demolish the Mona Lisa. Who would have thought the representation of life and liberty our ancestors have work for should lie burnt on the floor, simply for existing. An act of vandalism is an act of disrespect onto whom you vandalize, there is no difference than the act of someone’s voice, the voice that speaks of the hardships we have all endured to get to where we are now.

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    The American Flag is a Symbol of what we are, what a ecosystem of freedom has formed, to demolish this flag, is no different than to demolish the Mona…

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  • Henry from Virginia

    Heroes died for those players to throw around a leather ball. The least they can do is honor those who have served. I don’t care if you protest, just not during the national anthem.

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  • Ashton from Kentucky

    National symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful. America is a wonderful country where, because of the first amendment of our constitution, we are allowed to protest things we do not see as fit or agree with. However, when protest are taken to a point of disrespect, like protesting our flag or kneeling during the national anthem, there should be consequences. Every day men and women in our military risk their lives for our country and by kneeling during the national anthem people are disrespecting those men and women. The reason people are allowed to kneel during the anthem is given to them by the sacrifices that these men and women have made. Consequences should be given to people who are blatantly disrespectful to national symbols. In no other country could a football player or professional athlete get away with disrespecting national symbols without consequences and still make the amount of money they make. If people want to protest social injustice they should find a non-disrespectful way to do it.

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    National symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful. America is a wonderful country where, because of the first amendment of our c…

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  • Carlie from Kentucky

    I think national symbols should be protected from actions that are deemed disrespectful. They are national symbols for a reason. Therefore, they shouldn’t be treated with any disrespect. I am completely against the football players kneeling during the national anthem. They are protesting for something they believe in but they are not respecting those who have fought and died for our country.

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    I think national symbols should be protected from actions that are deemed disrespectful. They are national symbols for a reason. Therefore, they shoul…

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  • Landen from Indiana

    Although everyone possesses the right to protest peacefully, many national symbols (namely the American flag) are not simply just materialistic things. Rather, they symbolize the idea of freedom and liberty for which the United States stands and the flag itself serves to represent the same while it also helps us remember and respect all those who fought and died for our country. If these patriotic symbols are desecrated, those who fought to protect them and our country are also disgraced.

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  • Megan from Kentucky

    The flag represents our country’s freedom. The United States may have inequality but it is still a free country. People are allowed to say what they feel due to this freedom and to disrespect the very thing that represents this is wrong. Just like the statues, the flag doesn’t represent hatred, it represent all of the men and women that are fighting for this country. It is ok for people to have an opinion about what the flag means to them but that doesn’t mean they should disrespect it for all people to see.

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    The flag represents our country’s freedom. The United States may have inequality but it is still a free country. People are allowed to say what they f…

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  • Adam from Kentucky

    I think that the United States symbols should be protected, because they are the single thing that unifies us as Americans. Many Americans have died trying to defend our country, right and all of our symbols.

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    I think that the United States symbols should be protected, because they are the single thing that unifies us as Americans. Many Americans have died t…

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  • Parker from Kentucky

    I think that it is disrespectful to kneel or sit during the national anthem because there are men and women that serve our country every single day to protect our freedom. I know that they technically have a right to sit or kneel, but they need to stand and respect our nation’s troops and our nation’s flag.

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    I think that it is disrespectful to kneel or sit during the national anthem because there are men and women that serve our country every single day to…

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  • David from Kentucky

    People should not be able to disrespect eh same symbols that represent our freedom in America. By disrespecting the symbols that America has you are disrespecting the laws, morals, and beliefs that America stands for. This includes but is not limited to, the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom that all citizens in America have.

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    People should not be able to disrespect eh same symbols that represent our freedom in America. By disrespecting the symbols that America has you are d…

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  • roman from Kentucky

    I think that there should laws to protect the national symbols of our country because it is the symbol that we live by. We are Americans and we should protect what represents us and what makes us who we are, but instead we have people kneeling during the anthem and disrespecting the flag. People should not be allowed to disrespect what others are willing to give their life and die for. It’s not right and there needs to be a change.

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    I think that there should laws to protect the national symbols of our country because it is the symbol that we live by. We are Americans and we should…

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  • claire from Kentucky

    Yes, People should not be able to disrespect the National Anthem in the way they are doing so. When people are being paid to do a jab, they should not be able to disrespect their Anthem on the Job. So many soldiers are out fighting for our freedom, and rights; and they are disrespecting our Anthem.

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    Yes, People should not be able to disrespect the National Anthem in the way they are doing so. When people are being paid to do a jab, they should not…

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  • Lucy from Nebraska

    I think that out of respect people should stand in the presence of the American Flag. I believe that it is a symbol of respect. A few years ago my high school had a foreign exchange student. When the band played the National Anthem he still stood out of respect. He was not expected to salute the flag, but as a sign of respect, he stood.

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    I think that out of respect people should stand in the presence of the American Flag. I believe that it is a symbol of respect. A few years ago my hig…

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  • Marie from Texas

    There should not be any disrespect for the flag because it is seen as you not caring for the sacrifice of those who have given their lives for our freedoms of today.

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  • Giovanni from Texas

    National symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful. Why? For starters, we are seen as a country divided by the rest of the world when we attack the very monuments that represent our people. Recently, the people of our country have taken on new approaches to today’s arising conflicts. Some of which include: segregating each other into factions-as if we were at war with one another, demonstrating signs of hatred toward our flag, historical monuments, and culture. We have come to a point where we can no longer disagree on a matter and still show respect to one another. Hate seems to outweigh love by a long-shot. As an American you have every right to disagree or not even like the current president, however, our president, nor his actions, take away from the foundations in which this country was built upon. For those who aren’t aware, our flags 50 stars represent the 50 states, along with the people who reside in them, that make up our nation. That includes you, me, our families, friends, those who’ve sacrificed their lives fighting for this country, the citizens who go through rigorous training to provide us safety (Police, Firemen), an opportunity for optimum health (Nurses, Doctors, Physicians, Nutritionists, Personal Trainers), and the foundation for our careers (Teachers). Each of us adds significance to the symbols that represent our country. Disrespecting our nation’s symbols is nothing short of disrespecting each other. We mustn’t blame everyone for the poor decisions and actions of others. Instead of acting out radically, a stronger emphasis on positive approaches to arising conflicts will ensure our country stands strong united. It is absolutely acceptable to voice your concern, but to disrespect, the nation only dilutes your initial call to action.

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    National symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful. Why? For starters, we are seen as a country divided by the rest of the world w…

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  • aleea from Tennessee

    The American flag is a national symbol for all of our veterans who have sacrificed, many times their lives, for the freedoms we have today. The National Anthem was written by a man watching our soldiers fighting and dying for our country, for US, from a boat. When you don’t stand with your hand over your heart for the National Anthem, you ARE disrespecting our heroes and our country. We have freedom of speech and the right to assemble and protest. But, the NFL players are protesting against the very thing they are asking for, unity and justice for all. Also, it is their profession. We should not use our professional workspace to express our political views. Bottom line, if you don’t stand for our National Anthem, you are disrespecting the American heroes who have died for you.

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    The American flag is a national symbol for all of our veterans who have sacrificed, many times their lives, for the freedoms we have today. The Natio…

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  • Kathryn from West Virginia

    It is absolutely horrific the way so many players and people are disrespecting the flag, anthem, and our country in general. There are thousands of veterans and soldiers that have died, and watched friends and family members die, for the chance to have the freedom that we have in this country. The entire motive and reason for protesting, however controversial it may be, has been lost. The ideal solution would be to have an unbiased person present rational evidence about police brutality that can be supported and explained to both sides. If we could find a way to come together and calmly explain the details, mistreatment, and facts about the situation, there wouldn’t be a need for protesting; these players that are kneeling during the anthem would have a far more beneficial outcome on this country if they were to present information about the true reasons and motives behind the protesting, instead of disrespecting and offending millions of people in the nation.

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    It is absolutely horrific the way so many players and people are disrespecting the flag, anthem, and our country in general. There are thousands of ve…

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  • Michael from Texas

    As the son of a military veteran I can safely state that the argument that servicemen and women fight for our rights to disrespect America and what it stands for is 100 percent false. Yes, they bravely put their lives on the line everyday but what they fight for, is to grant all of us the opportunity to dream, to have a chance at tomorrow to have ambition, they are by no means fighting so that we can spit in their faces for all the dedication they are putting forth. Unity is what makes this country so spectacular, being divided by a rift on such a matter such as this is baffling. How can we all not come to terms to respect the flag and America? I understand that America is not perfect, its riddled with flaws and does have some major issues regarding injustice due to perhaps degrees of racism but there are better avenues to protest than take a knee during the National Anthem. People argue regarding the idea of unity, yet they are supporting these people taking the knee that are furthering the rift between us all. Bit counterintuitive in my opinion. Do people in America truly know what racism is and any social hardships really though? Travel to any LDC and they will quickly realize what it is, racism is the entire government blocking you and preventing you from the basic neccessities of living. America isn’t perfect but its by far the best country in the world, research how other countries are coping with racism and what not or poverty or whatever social injustice that these players are protesting and you will quickly come to terms they have it much worse. For example I have many friends from Vietnam and they have told me the horrible things that occurs over there that they have seen, particularly the poverty there, that is true poverty there, where families of 5-6 have bones protruding from their bodies and having no governmental assistance whatsoever. Be grateful for the country that you live in and be more respectful to our great nation.

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    As the son of a military veteran I can safely state that the argument that servicemen and women fight for our rights to disrespect America and what it…

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  • Julio from Arizona

    Yes I do believe they should be protected because it has a greater meaning to the human mind. It’s the symbol for all of what an American is and people should not let there differences or emotions or actions get in the way of the bigger picture of our history as a nation.

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    Yes I do believe they should be protected because it has a greater meaning to the human mind. It’s the symbol for all of what an American is and peopl…

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  • Elizabeth from Virginia

    I think that everyone should have the right to stand up for what they believe in. There may be public backlash for what they believe in. They can be made fun of by other people all they want. The government should not punish them for what they are doing. They aren’t doing anything illegal.

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    I think that everyone should have the right to stand up for what they believe in. There may be public backlash for what they believe in. They can be m…

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  • Makayla from Oklahoma

    I think national symbols should be protected, but if this is about the NFL thing than I don’t think any of the football players showed any disrespect.

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  • tyler from Illinois

    yes because we should disrespect the american flag

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  • Gordon from Illinois

    People can put their hand on heart. It is rude not to show respect to the veterans and family members that lost their family members through war. The least people could do is stand for 2 minutes at an event that involves that. People who ain’t even american do it, why can’t true americans?

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    People can put their hand on heart. It is rude not to show respect to the veterans and family members that lost their family members through war. The …

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  • dalton from Illinois

    i believe it is wrong to disrespectful the flag that is a symbol of the great country we live in. if they dont like the way things are done here just leave. i believe that the kneeling for the national anthem is totally screwed up and wrong as well. what they are fighting for doesnt go hand in hand with kneeling just like the disrespect of the flag

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    i believe it is wrong to disrespectful the flag that is a symbol of the great country we live in. if they dont like the way things are done here just …

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  • tristin from Kansas

    they are historical landmarks they should stay where they are or whatever is there should not be moved.

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  • Katie from Oklahoma

    I think that that man disrespected so many people that day. I’ve seen people take of the football channels and it’s disrespectful to the soilers who are or have fought for our country.

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    I think that that man disrespected so many people that day. I’ve seen people take of the football channels and it’s disrespectful to the soilers who a…

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  • Lexi from Oklahoma

    yes that’s very disrespectful they should be allowed to talk like that.

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  • Eric from Illinois

    People should not disrespect our troops that fight for your freedom that you are using against the flag. If you did not have freedom you would not be able to say the things you are able to now. Yes you have the freedom to do what you want, but it is even disrespectful to our veterans who have even died for our country.

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    People should not disrespect our troops that fight for your freedom that you are using against the flag. If you did not have freedom you would not be …

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  • Hanna from Illinois

    Yes, people do have the right to express their rights and opinions. However, I think it is disrespectful to kneel during the National Anthem. The anthem is out of respect for the people fighting for our country. To protest against the people protecting you is wrong.

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    Yes, people do have the right to express their rights and opinions. However, I think it is disrespectful to kneel during the National Anthem. The anth…

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    • Rachael from Colorado

      I see where you are coming from but with all due respect the NFL players were not protesting against our nations soldiers. They were protesting against police brutality and the oppression that comes with it, and some of them may even have personal experience with this issue. It is important that we don’t go to judge their actions so quickly before hearing them out first.

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      I see where you are coming from but with all due respect the NFL players were not protesting against our nations soldiers. They were protesting agains…

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  • Jamie from Illinois

    Millions of men and women have fought and died for the freedoms we have in our country today and to disrespect those individuals as well as the flag of our country should not be tolerated in the slightest.

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    Millions of men and women have fought and died for the freedoms we have in our country today and to disrespect those individuals as well as the flag o…

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  • Steven from Massachusetts

    No matter what position you hold in regards to government or the military, Americans should not be able to disrespect the American flag that represents our freedom and lives lost protecting that freedom.

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    No matter what position you hold in regards to government or the military, Americans should not be able to disrespect the American flag that represent…

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  • Callie from Illinois

    I think you should be able to not stand up for it, i know just because people die for you and you still dont feel like you have a right, then dont stand up for it, some might take it disrespectful but if you did not feel like you was not living the american life then would you stand?

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    I think you should be able to not stand up for it, i know just because people die for you and you still dont feel like you have a right, then dont sta…

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  • Jackie from Ohio

    I believe that a national symbol should be protected from disrespectful gestures. There is a right to peaceful protests that show the public that an individual, or group pf individuals, does not support/promote a specific belief or action. But, it is simply humane to respect others’ beliefs, be it that their thoughts, words, or actions are right or wrong. Those who support opposing viewpoints should not have to stand by while their opinion is disrespected in front of the entire world. Every human being has the right to uphold and support their opinions, beliefs and values – once again, whether or not these values are right or wrong. As long as a national symbol does not cause harm, or inflict violent emotions, it is inconsiderate to dismiss and disrespect the entirety of the meaning behind a national symbol, simply because an individual disagrees. A national symbol holds a different value from person to person, as everyone has a unique experience and set of values regarding what they stand for. A national symbol should be protected from disrespectful actions because there is a nation that stands behind it, and within this nation there are multiple unique values and meanings behind it, and that deserves to be protected for those who are proud to support what their nation has done for them.

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    I believe that a national symbol should be protected from disrespectful gestures. There is a right to peaceful protests that show the public that an i…

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  • Amy from Illinois

    I agree with Tyler because a lot of my family have gave up their lives to fight for this freedom. My brother joined the army last year because he felt ne need to give and protect America. But seeing this on T.V makes me so sad, because they are disrespecting the flag that gives them the freedom to be able voice their opinion.

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    I agree with Tyler because a lot of my family have gave up their lives to fight for this freedom. My brother joined the army last year because he felt…

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    • Anna from Illinois

      I agree Amy my brother joined the army 2 years ago and I have had a lot of family members in the military. It makes me mad that they are so disrespectful.

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  • Cora from Illinois

    Children of the next generation will grow up seeing this and think this is acceptable and not only see this but do this in the following years. Come the time when the U.S. needs an acceptable military our children will not respect what that truly means, because they will grow up thinking this is how you should act. Also, it’s disrespecting the flag and what it stands for and those fallen who have fought for us and our freedoms its disrespectful. So allowing this to take place is wrong on the American people and it needs to be fixed.

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    Children of the next generation will grow up seeing this and think this is acceptable and not only see this but do this in the following years. Come t…

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  • Avery from Washington

    The American flag is a national symbol of freedom and liberty that people are still dying today to protect. My father is a veteran (an active duty soldier) and my family was appalled to see the kneeling during the national anthem. I am currently 17, and my father was gone 6 years of my life away for service to his country – a country where people disrespect the flag for two reasons.
    Kneeling was originally done by Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and he said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Firstly, there is no oppression of blacks in America. The United States was once a country founded on racism, but with time we have overcome such system. Is there still racism in America? Of course! It happens to blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics, and every other type of ethnic group.
    The reason other reason why more NFL players are kneeling isn’t to protest “oppression” of blacks in America, but the criticism that came from President Trump. “The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations,” Trump tweeted, “The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!” While what he said is something to be irritated about, it isn’t worth protesting over. President Trump has no decision on what the NFL rules should entail. He even said that the players should be fired, which should be solely left to the employers.
    All people have the right to kneel before the anthem; by doing so they’re exercising their First Amendment rights. However, if you’re an NFL player representing the U.S.A., you should have to stand for the flag and its symbolic meaning that service members fought – and are now fighting – to preserve.

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    The American flag is a national symbol of freedom and liberty that people are still dying today to protect. My father is a veteran (an active duty sol…

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  • Taylor from Wyoming

    The National Anthem is not really about politics. It represents the people who gave, who are giving, and who are going to give their lives for this country.

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  • Michael from Pennsylvania

    Okay now many people probably are all saying it is disrespectful towards our military, however I want to take a step back from that and look at the bigger picture here, also I will please ask that anyone who replies to my comment please read the entire thing before jumping to conclusions. While I agree that disrespectful demonstrations of national symbols should be banned, these demonstrations of professional players kneeling during the national anthem is their way of protesting what they feel is racial injustice. Very similar to the black lives matter movement. And I agree with both views, black lives do matter, and racial profiling and racial injustice are not the values of America. However in counter argument to that it is not just that black lives matter over others, ALL lives matter, white, black, Asian, Indian, Blue, Yellow, Purple it doesn’t matter. And so in correspondence to that I must say that I also believe that police lives matter as well. So I believe that if instead of focusing on the bad like police brutality, or the disrespect towards our country, we need to focus on what these movements are actually protesting, and make steps towards what needs to be accomplished. As for the disrespect of a national symbol, I think the actions of these few are very ignorant because in the want to get their point across they are disrespecting those who make their lives possible, those who sacrifice their time family and energy, as well as those who pay the ultimate sacrifice their LIFE to keep our beloved country safe. And so many people are not realizing, that its not just the “black lives matter” movement, it should be realized as a whole no matter what race that ALL lives matter.

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    Okay now many people probably are all saying it is disrespectful towards our military, however I want to take a step back from that and look at the bi…

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  • Hope from South Dakota

    For three minutes, it’s not about you. We have men and women who have given there lives in order for the Stars and Stripes to be displayed and for the Star Soangled Banner to be played. That is served as a reminder of their sacrifice and that is not a time to protest. You have six days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes of every week to protest.
    Everyone has a right to protest, but that right is protected by our military men and women. If you cannot stand and place your hand over your heart to honor them, why should they serve?

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    For three minutes, it’s not about you. We have men and women who have given there lives in order for the Stars and Stripes to be displayed and for the…

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  • Maria from Texas

    As each individual is born into American, whether it’s be since birth or when they became 50 years old, should respect their country and that any symbol counts as well. As we disrespect our flag or any other symbol of America, it’s almost as if we are disrespecting ourselves and our own nationality. Yes, protests can be done peacefully and respectfully, but disrespecting something that we protect and die for isn’t the answer.

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    As each individual is born into American, whether it’s be since birth or when they became 50 years old, should respect their country and that any symb…

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  • Samantha from Indiana

    What Colin did was very disrespectful to our country. We are lucky to live in a country where we have the freedoms that we do. Men and women are fighting for our rights in the constitution, so we should all be able to stand for the flag. Due to his popularity in the NFL i think they should have released him. Not standing for the flag is disrespectful in this manner. In this hard time for politics, Americans need to make sure they stand up for our values. We should be able to support the flag and all it means. It strives off a sense of pride for all the hard work those before did for us.

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    What Colin did was very disrespectful to our country. We are lucky to live in a country where we have the freedoms that we do. Men and women are fight…

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  • Ian from Kansas

    I feel like it is very disrespectful to what our flag and country stands for. They could express their feelings in a much better way, rather than kneeling during the national anthem. It’s their decision if they want to stand against our country, but they might lose fans, get fired, or be fined by the NFL in the future.

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    I feel like it is very disrespectful to what our flag and country stands for. They could express their feelings in a much better way, rather than knee…

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  • Ian from Kansas

    You can protest peacefully like kneeling, but burning the American flag is too extreme. Burning the flag is disrespecting the foundation the country was found on. National symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful.

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    You can protest peacefully like kneeling, but burning the American flag is too extreme. Burning the flag is disrespecting the foundation the country w…

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  • Conner from Kansas

    people should be standing for the national anthem no matter what. it is the right thing to do and it is being respectful to all of the people who have fought or lost their life for this country. i know people have the freedom of speech and they are mad about the whole racism thing, but the national anthem is just not the place to be doing it.

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    people should be standing for the national anthem no matter what. it is the right thing to do and it is being respectful to all of the people who have…

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  • Michael from Massachusetts

    I chose yes because I don’t think people should ever do kneel or sit during the national anthem. People like, Colin kaepernick should still stand, even f you don’t like it or don’t think it’s right its what our country is. Someone like alejandro villanueva the only player on his team to leave the locker room. He’s gone ring his country he’s doing the right thing, in my opinion.

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    I chose yes because I don’t think people should ever do kneel or sit during the national anthem. People like, Colin kaepernick should still stand, eve…

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  • Aidan from Massachusetts

    After all the people that gave there lives for the country you can’t disrespect the anthem.

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  • Shelby from Louisiana

    Our nations symbols are history. It is a part of what our country was built on and no matter how many things people try to remove or disrespect things it will NEVER change what has happened. No one, no matter who they are or their stature, should be allowed to disrespect the men and women who fought and died for our freedom. Therefore, it should be required that our nation’s symbols be protected and respected by every single American.

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    Our nations symbols are history. It is a part of what our country was built on and no matter how many things people try to remove or disrespect things…

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  • George from Massachusetts

    No matter what you think politically it is disrespectful. Millions of people have given their live to protect that flag and the least you could do stand.

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  • Travis from Massachusetts

    I agree with Trump. These people have no problem using the American dollar but they can’t stand for the anthem. If you don’t respect our Army and Police LEAVE. These are the men and woman that keep us safe. You should respect them. If you burn the flag or kill a bald eagle you should be arrested. Go America this needs to be fixed.

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    I agree with Trump. These people have no problem using the American dollar but they can’t stand for the anthem. If you don’t respect our Army and Poli…

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  • Matthew from Massachusetts

    He is not wrong for protesting, but I think that he and other players around the NFL need to find other ways to protest. These players are being payed millions of dollars a year to play a game. However, they see it fit to use this platform as a display for their own political beliefs. They are trying to make a point, which they have, but it hasn’t given the intended message to everyone. I’m not implying racism isn’t existent in America (it vey much is), but these players do have to find a different way to protest that does not disrespect those who have died and sacrificed their lives to protect and keep the freedom that allows these players to do what they do.

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    He is not wrong for protesting, but I think that he and other players around the NFL need to find other ways to protest. These players are being payed…

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  • Matthew from Massachusetts

    My Mom was a Lieutenant in the Army, my grandfather was a pilot in the army, my great grand father was in D – Day in France. NFL players have the right of freedom of speech, but this is just disrespectful. I understand the protest but the NFL is not a good place to represent it, nor the National Anthem.

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    My Mom was a Lieutenant in the Army, my grandfather was a pilot in the army, my great grand father was in D – Day in France. NFL players have the rig…

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  • Calvin from Massachusetts

    It is our right as citizens to have the freedom of speech. The football players that knelt for during the anthem had every right to do that. Even the teams that stayed in their locker rooms should not be forced to be there during the anthem. I definitely think that burning a flag or using racism should be against the law, but anybody has the right to kneel during the anthem.

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    It is our right as citizens to have the freedom of speech. The football players that knelt for during the anthem had every right to do that. Even the …

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  • John from Massachusetts

    Our military fights for our country every day, therefore people shouldn’t disrespect them by kneeling for the anthem. We have freedom to do many things of our choice, but disrespecting our country shouldn’t be one of them.

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    Our military fights for our country every day, therefore people shouldn’t disrespect them by kneeling for the anthem. We have freedom to do many thing…

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  • Kris from Massachusetts

    I think that players shouldn’t kneel because it disrespects the country. Players could kneel before the anthem but they shouldn’t do it when the anthem is on because this disrespects the country. We shouldn’t be disrespecting the flag because this disrespects the men and woman who work hard to protect this country. Basically, people have the right to protest and kneel when the anthem isn’t on, but they shouldn’t when they are disrespecting the country symbols.

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    I think that players shouldn’t kneel because it disrespects the country. Players could kneel before the anthem but they shouldn’t do it when the anthe…

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    • Cat from Kentucky

      I know that many people who are protesting are protesting peacefully, and everyone has to the right to free speech. However, I think it is so disrespectful if someone does not respect a national symbol. Many great men and women have fought and given their lives for our country and I think it’s showing disrespect towards them and our country. The people of United States should be working together as a whole and not starting disputes that would ruin the unity of the country. People are putting their First Amendment to use and speaking up and acting for what they believe in but are ignoring the reason that they are given those rights in the first place.

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      I know that many people who are protesting are protesting peacefully, and everyone has to the right to free speech. However, I think it is so disresp…

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  • Andrew from Louisiana

    People have the right of free speech, and they also have the right to peacefully protest. National symbols, however, need to be respected. This does not take away from anyone’s right of free speech, it only shows respect to our country, and the men and women who have died defending it. Also, respecting national symbols is not something that should be divisive in our country- people of all beliefs should be able to salute the flag together.

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    People have the right of free speech, and they also have the right to peacefully protest. National symbols, however, need to be respected. This does n…

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  • Michael from Massachusetts

    I agree that these symbols should be protected because people who live in this country should be loyal to the flag and the country. Also, it is against the NFL rules to kneel during the anthem. It says in the rule book, “all players should stand with their helmet in their left hand and have their right hand over their heart. Failure to do so will result in suspension or expelling.”

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    I agree that these symbols should be protected because people who live in this country should be loyal to the flag and the country. Also, it is agains…

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  • Zack from Massachusetts

    You can say whatever you want, you can swear and brag, but if disrespect and don’t show care to our flag, our anthem, the bald eagle. If you dont care about our american signs GET OUT, if you don’t care about our troops and police forces protecting us then go somewhere you care about the people protecting you they shouldn’t care about you either. Overall if you dont respect our president, our protection, flag, our anthem, and our sympol the bald eagle then go somewhere else.

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    You can say whatever you want, you can swear and brag, but if disrespect and don’t show care to our flag, our anthem, the bald eagle. If you dont care…

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  • Plilip from Montana

    It’s a part of history, slavery and the civil war. Some may represent individuals and maybe they shouldn’t be in a public setting.

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  • Griffin from Massachusetts

    Yes because it is not acceptable to disrespect our flag and what we stand for and live by every day.

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  • Caleb from Montana

    I am for people having equality in America. I am all for free speech too, but to kneel during our anthem where we remember the soldiers who have fought for this country is so disrespectful . We owe it to them to respect the flag and make changes in other ways instead of disrespecting it. That is what’s so great about America cause changes can be made! Just do it respectfully!

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    I am for people having equality in America. I am all for free speech too, but to kneel during our anthem where we remember the soldiers who have fough…

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  • Cooper from Massachusetts

    Kids watch this and think it is okay to disrespect those who fight for their country and the freedom of speech right that even allows this to happen. People risk their lives for us, and the least you can do to show your respect is stand during the national anthem. The national anthem is a large symbol of our country, and US. citizens don’t even stand during it. How about this, all you selfish and disrespectful people stand up during the anthem and play your games to earn more money than people who actually have to work hard to succeed. Why don’t you walk away with your millions of dollars and leave the country if you don’t feel like you are treated the right way.

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  • John from Massachusetts

    I like the message that the players are expressing ( I really think we should work on equaltily throughout the country). But I don’t like the way they are expressing the message. Maybe they should try some other (peaceful) protests in the near future.

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    I like the message that the players are expressing ( I really think we should work on equaltily throughout the country). But I don’t like the way they…

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  • Nathan from Massachusetts

    These actions of hate are disrespectful to our founding fathers who worked hard to create this great country and to our current government as well as military. We choose to not stand for an anthem that has gotten us this far and has continued to keep our country safe and respected I feel this is an easy decision to make. The flag is a symbol of freedom and protection as well as strength and should not be treated in this manner.

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  • Brian from Massachusetts

    Colin Kapernick should not be considered a hero in any way, him along with his actions should be frowned apron as a citizen of the United States.

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  • Danny from Massachusetts

    I believe that it is wrong and disrespectful to protest the national anthem because it’s not just about our nation the national athem is a tribute to those overseas and those in the homeland. While the message they are trying to send is a good message the way they are protesting has caused more attention than what they are trying to say. All in all, I believe that the message they are trying to send is good but they should send it in a different way.

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    I believe that it is wrong and disrespectful to protest the national anthem because it’s not just about our nation the national athem is a tribute to …

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  • James from Massachusetts

    This is not ok! People have sacrificed there lives for America and by not not respecting the anthem you are pretty much disrespecting the fact that people have died so you can be free and play this game and make money from it.

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    This is not ok! People have sacrificed there lives for America and by not not respecting the anthem you are pretty much disrespecting the fact that pe…

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  • Jake from Massachusetts

    We should respect our flag! We should be thanking the soldier who fought for our freedom.

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    • Nick from Massachusetts

      I agree Jake be proud to be an American and stand up during the National Anthem

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  • Brian from Kansas

    This is such a dumb argument to be going on, this isn’t a little issue anymore. People sneeze and think they can kneel for our national anthem. Soldiers have and continue to fight for our freedom and these highly paid athletes continue to take the freedom for granted. These athletes are being ridiculously selfish and NFL owners shouldn’t be so happy-happy, joy-joy about all of this. Trump brought politics into American sports, the sports world had enough politics already, but Trump may have just ruined NFL, MLB, and NBA more many people.

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    This is such a dumb argument to be going on, this isn’t a little issue anymore. People sneeze and think they can kneel for our national anthem. Sold…

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  • Dalton from California

    The American populace needs to understand, yes you have freedom of speech but the national symbols aren’t just about the nation it’s about the men and women fighting to protect everyone from anyone willing to terrorize the American population. We get to wrapped up now on simple things and we have very little care for anyone anymore. When no one is thinking about when the time comes why live in a place if you’re just going to hurt the people protecting it.

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    The American populace needs to understand, yes you have freedom of speech but the national symbols aren’t just about the nation it’s about the men and…

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  • Hailey from Nebraska

    I believe that national symbols such as the American flag should be protected from disrespectful actions for the following reason. I believe that the Flag is a symbol of our freedoms as Americans. Those freedoms, however, were not given to us without a hefty price tag. That price tag was the irreplaceable lives of the brave men and women that have offered up or given their lives so that we may live with the freedoms that our Flag symbolizes.

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    I believe that national symbols such as the American flag should be protected from disrespectful actions for the following reason. I believe that the …

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  • Abigail from Texas

    I believe that as American citizens we should respect the symbol that started our nation. To disrespect it now, is to mock the foundation we were created on and pay no means to it. Liberty is one of the things we have been gifted in this free nation and we disrespect it with all of the modern day racism and divided actions. If we don’t respect our flag and the foundation we were made from, then what are we going to truly respect?

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    I believe that as American citizens we should respect the symbol that started our nation. To disrespect it now, is to mock the foundation we were crea…

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  • Zachary from Texas

    I have no issue against the right to protest. I agree that change needs to be made and I support freedom of speech. However, kneeling for the Anthem is not speech, it is spitting in the face of all the soldiers who put their lives on the line day in and day out so we can have this freedom. Is the flag responsible for racial inequality? No, so protest in a way so that people know what you are standing for and in a way that doesn’t disrespect our men on the front line.

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    I have no issue against the right to protest. I agree that change needs to be made and I support freedom of speech. However, kneeling for the Anthem i…

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  • Emma from South Dakota

    I believe that because the flag represents so many diverse things, concepts, and ideologies to so many people not only in the United States, but even abroad raises concern of what people think the flag represents. Although it is a freedom of speech to respond in whatever way an individual may choose, it still calls to question the value they place on the flag itself, and more than just the concept of police and racial brutality because it is much more than that. With the flag being a tangible reminder of our past, present, and potentially our future, it holds truths beyond one or two individuals, but a country that is divided and needs to decide how to work best with differing opinions and unify them in some sort of compromise or way to ease tensions.

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  • John from Ohio

    American flag is symbolic of our national unity. It’s not the disrespect for the flag but rather what that flag represents in our unity as a nation. Those who are choosing to stand for civil rights need to take a hard look at what they want to accomplish and take a positive route towards doing so that is not divisive but collaborative in nature. Look to the past to fund your answers for the present to establish a brighter future.

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    American flag is symbolic of our national unity. It’s not the disrespect for the flag but rather what that flag represents in our unity as a nation…

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  • Emily from Colorado

    Disrespecting symbols is not about the symbols, it is about disrespecting what stands behind the symbols. Just because you take issue with something that is occurring, doesn’t mean you gain the right to look down upon and disrespect the entire group represented. much like we demand respect for religious symbols, and disprove of people disrespecting them to prove a point, like the burning of the crucifix in MLK’s front lawn, or the burning of a Quran to show a stance against immigration, we should stand against the disrespect of political symbols as well, because the people those symbols represent deserve better.

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    Disrespecting symbols is not about the symbols, it is about disrespecting what stands behind the symbols. Just because you take issue with something t…

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  • Amber from Indiana

    If someone wants to protest the National Anthem, or any other national symbol, that is their personal freedom, so long as they do it peacefully. To quote the Constitution’s first Amendment, it states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” So because we have fought so hard to establish our Constitutional rights, and peaceful protest is Constitutionally sound, we have preserved our right to peaceably stand against national symbols if that is what we wish to.

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    If someone wants to protest the National Anthem, or any other national symbol, that is their personal freedom, so long as they do it peacefully. To q…

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  • Caitlin from Iowa

    Technically, the American Flag is already protected from actions that are deemed disrespectful. It is a crime to burn the flag or cause it any harm. The NFL however, does have the right to peacefully protest whatever issue they want. The issue in this debate is the fact that people are missing the message of the football players. They are protesting police brutality, inequality, and Trump’s racist and narcissistic comments. They are not protesting the flag or the people who have fought to defend the flag, they support the troops more than anyone. Do I think that they could do it differently? Of course. I like what the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals did, they kneeled before the anthem to show solidarity and then stood arm in arm during the National Anthem.

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    • Nathan from Massachusetts

      Michele it is a crime to burn the American flag or any flag

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    • Jaydyn from Pennsylvania

      While there are still laws on the books about burning flags, they cannot be enforced as the Supreme court ruled that they are unconstitutional in Texas vs Johnson.

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    • Rajan from New Jersey

      Rather than disrespecting the flag, attention should be directed towards the ignorance demonstrated by inherently prejudiced individuals of this country. The flag is a crucial allegory to the sacrifices heroic people have made by enlisting in the army to preserve the honor and integrity of our great nation. Americans should stand together, unified under the flag, in clear defiance to ignorance. Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys exemplify my viewpoint in the most transparent way possible. They knelt together before the national anthem to symbolize a collective effort against ignorance. Immediately after, they stood up and honored the veterans of this country who have given their lives to this country during the performance of the national anthem. Rather than direct our negative energy towards the honorable flag, we should make strides in other aspects to combat the issues that cause this strife in the first place. We should place an emphasis on education and making conservatives more perceptive of sociocultural diffferences.

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      Rather than disrespecting the flag, attention should be directed towards the ignorance demonstrated by inherently prejudiced individuals of this count…

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    • Michele from Massachusetts

      It is not a crime to burn the American flag.

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  • Eryn from Virginia

    While Freedom of speech is well and good and encouraged, being destructive and violent is not. These national symbols are a story of our history. The good, and the bad. We can look at the history and learn from it even the bad that was done has lessons to teach.

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    While Freedom of speech is well and good and encouraged, being destructive and violent is not. These national symbols are a story of our history. The …

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  • Francesca from South Dakota

    All citizens of the United States have the legal right to not stand and respect the flag, as protected by the First Amendment’s freedom of speech. With that, there is a certain integrity and respect that must be maintained by American citizens in regard to the nation. The American flag does not and never has represented a political party. Instead, it’s significance cuts to the depth of what it means to be an American. The white stripes symbolize innocence and purity, the red symbolizes courage and valor, and the blue symbolizes vigilance, perseverance, and justice. These virtues are what make us as Americans a unified country. Additionally, disrespecting the flag is a blow to those who have laid down their life for the very freedoms we enjoy every day- even the freedom to play and enjoy football. The flag stands for freedom, and as Americans, we should stand for freedom with it.

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  • Rachel from South Dakota

    We do have the right of free speech in our country, but that does not mean that disrespecting the symbols that stand for the liberties we have is a good thing. It is actions like these that spark conflict and controversy and never end up doing any good.

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  • Sarah from Tennessee

    The flag is a symbol of our nation, it symbolizes freedom, liberty and people are so quick to disrespect it and discriminate our nation. Soldiers fight for what the flag means and it should no Be disrespected. If there are racial protests, don’t do it towards our flag. If it is political protest, don’t do it towards our flag. Our flag is not your problems, it is our symbol!

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    The flag is a symbol of our nation, it symbolizes freedom, liberty and people are so quick to disrespect it and discriminate our nation. Soldiers figh…

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  • Nicholas from New Jersey

    National symbols such as the flag should absolutely be protected from actions that are deemed disrespectful. Many argue that kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful towards the military or our police forces, but it is also disrespectful to the citizens of our country. To me, the flag represents all of us, from business owners to the homeless living on the streets. Kneeling and turning our backs on the flag is turning our backs on each other. If we don’t stand together we cannot move forward.

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    National symbols such as the flag should absolutely be protected from actions that are deemed disrespectful. Many argue that kneeling during the natio…

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  • Dominic from California

    From a legal standpoint, NFL players possess the right to demonstrate protest by kneeling during the national anthem in the midst of the American flag, as they simply utilize their rights given to them from the 1st Amendment. Their form of protest is reasonable, even commendable, as they oppose the injustices committed on American minority populations (namely African American and Latino). In fact, as football players, they could not have picked a better stage to act out in opposition against these seemingly perpetual and prevalent injustices. Their platform lies on the NFL football field, nationally televised to a myriad and diverse groups of people, therefore exposing millions to the tensions among our most prejudiced American populations. Their message for equality in America then becomes deafening once they act out their protest in the presence of the American flag and all the history and American principles it represents. Only then it becomes impossible for us, the viewers, to overlook the actions of the NFL players– and that is an amazing circumstance. NFL players, whether intentional or unintentional, have managed to connect millions of Americans through the funnel of sports to acknowledge their cause. Whether some of the American audience have acknowledged the actual themes to their cause remains another story, but the fact that our awareness of NFL players’ protests for the marginalized has inked into our daily lives proves a worthy success for the NFL players. Therefore, the use of the American flag during the NFL protests reveals itself as a brilliant move. It has moved the American public to concentrate on the tensions of the NFL players, forcing us to open our eyes and ears to the problems that trouble these players– problems that pepper through the marginalized demographics that need that “voice”. A “voice” that, fortunately, the NFL players are providing to them.

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  • Marissa from Iowa

    I believe that even if you do not agree with the way a country does things, it does not mean that you should disrespect their beliefs. In the case of the US flag and putting your hand on your heart when you see it. You do not have to put your hand on your heart, but you should stand and remove your hat out of respect. Their is already enough disrespect and hate in the world, we don’t need more of it.

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    • Isabella from Arkansas

      I do see where you are coming from, and from a traditional standpoint, it is disrespectful to kneel during the flag ceremony. However, it is also disrespectful to put the flag on clothes or napkins and to hold it taut like they do on the field before games. You either have to not be okay with misusing the flag at all, or you have to understand that these people are using their place in society to speak out for those who cannot.

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      I do see where you are coming from, and from a traditional standpoint, it is disrespectful to kneel during the flag ceremony. However, it is also disr…

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  • Allysa from Florida

    The NFL and everyone has their own personal right to protest peacefully. Men and woman fight everyday to protect their right on whether or not they wish to stand for the national anthem. However, when they make a huge spectacle of themselves, standing up and walking to the field just to kneel, that is too much and its just purposefully being disrespectful. If they want to protest, its their right to, if they want to sit down for the national anthem, go ahead. However, do it on the bench, sit down and protest on the bench, or in the dugout, do not go up to the field to kneel before the flag. It is just plain disrespectful and should not be allowed. It’s like talking or screaming in the middle of the national anthem, drawing attention to yourself, you wouldn’t do that. Therefore, it then turns to what someone deems disrespectful, which would be different for what another person believes is. Yes, you can sit during the national anthem, however, do it silently on the bench while the others are standing. Don’t be blatantly disrespectful.

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  • Connor from New Mexico

    Of course National Symbols should be protected. The American flag has a very important history. A very bloody history, but a crucial one none the less. People have died and suffered for that flag. Even if you don’t agree with the people who lead the country, we still owe it to everyone who fought for our freedom to show some respect.

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    Of course National Symbols should be protected. The American flag has a very important history. A very bloody history, but a crucial one none the less…

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    • Karla from California

      Yes, I do agree that the National symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful. Not only because they are important landmark of our countries past, but they also represent more personal meanings to some people. I know that our country represents freedom, and that means a lot to me as it does to others. While some people disrespect the symbols, they are not aware what they means to others.

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      Yes, I do agree that the National symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful. Not only because they are important landmark of our c…

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  • Korena from Nebraska

    The United States has been fought for by many people and continues to be fought for to this day. But just because these people risk their lives and fight and have, that does not require us to stand with them. We see it morally wrong to sit or kneel for something that has been fought for for years and more to come for the reason that a plethora of lives were lost to give us the right of freedom to stand for such things as our flag and anthem. I see it wrong for someone to kneel for our country’s national anthem or flag if they live in our country. Yet, I cannot make them stand for something they do not want to. It is a complete right for one to sit, stand, or kneel, even if it is morally wrong. But, they do it for the wrong reason. They don’t do it in protest of our country but in protest in a movement. Therefore, they need to accept the response to their actions and accept that they are the minority. It is understandable to see someone who is disabled or an elder who cannot stand. And for those who are able, there is no exception.
    If it were made illegal to disrespect national symbols, we would only end up creating criminals who will break that law. Our crime rate would essentially rise. Not only that, but if these non-participants in patriotism are creating no harm, is there really any wrong being done? If there is physical and destructive protesting going on, there are laws being broken. Physical and destructive disrespect is already protected by laws, therefore only leaving peaceful actions unprotected. But those peaceful actions are protected by the Bill of Rights, or more specifically, the First Amendment.

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    • Bryson from Illinois

      Punishment for not standing, is against the the 1st Amendment. But because of a moral compas that has been instilled in me by my parents, I STAND to honor our flag and nation.
      If you decide to sit, kneel, stand, it is your right. As long as the person doing it, is not using someone else’s platform to make their point. Don’t like watching it, shut off the tv or don’t go to the games…it’s your right. I just hope your parents also instilled a sound moral code. The judgement, hate, racism needs to stop and kneeling for the flag is not going to stop it, “We” the people are the only ones who can stop the nonsense and look to each other as equals. I am white, but under No circumstances do I accept police brutality, there for, if asked to march, rally, protest against it, I will be there. All I ask is to respect me & my moral upbringing, let’s do it together, without disrespect or infringing on someone else’s platform.
      No one is better…We all bleed red.

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    • Jesse from Maryland

      No. People are entitled to their own opinions, if someone feels so strongly as to disrespect a piece of American history that’s on them. As rude as it may be it is not wrong, rather than condoning those people we should hear them out and understand their side instead of being closed minded and high horsed.

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      No. People are entitled to their own opinions, if someone feels so strongly as to disrespect a piece of American history that’s on them. As rude as it…

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  • Thomas from Montana

    The United States is the benchmark and holy grail of the Western world. The U.S. flag represents the freedoms and rights this great country grants us, it also represents the servicemen and women who fought and died for our country, their actions and sacrifices were in efforts to defend our country and keep us in unity under our flag. I believe this, so this is why I stand and face the flag and place my hand over my heart. But this is just a symbol, I believe in this symbol and that is why I give it the attention I give it. There are some who don’t believe in what this symbol signifies, so they might kneel or just sit down during the ritual of standing for the National Anthem. The players of the NFL defend these actions with the claim that they are in action of protest. What is included in the first amendment of our constitution? The right to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. This is the right to peacefully protest. The NFL players are doing that. And although I despise the way they are presenting their protest, (whatever it may be they are protesting) they have the absolute right to stand, kneel, or sit in presence of the flag. No matter how disrespectful it may be to you or the flag, it says NOWHERE that you need to stand and place your hand over your heart for the flag. These facts don’t care about your feelings or mine. So the moment you want to punish someone for not acting the way you want them to when it comes to the flag, you’re taking their first amendment right away and this hurts everybody in our country.

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  • Hunter from Montana

    The United States Constitution protects American citizens rights to peacefully protest and to freely express themselves. These rights are defining rights that separate the United States from communist or autocracy forms of government. If citizens are not allowed to “kneel during the National
    Anthem” in order to peacefully protest then these citizens are not being allowed to use their constitutional rights. However, I do believe that aggressive acts towards National symbols should be punishable offenses. Aggressive acts including “flag burning” or any destruction of National symbols, I believe this symbolizes more than a peaceful protest and oversteps the bounds of citizens constitutional rights.

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  • Kiry from Montana

    The question that we should really be asking is why do we even have to debate about this topic. I understand the outcry at the recent events that have been on the news and the recent presidential tweets about “disrespect” that athletes have been showing by kneeling for the anthem and the flag. But we also have to be rational and think. Forcing people to conform to traditions that have been instilled into young and malleable minds when we encourage to think and instill change is kind of hypocritical. When we have to conform to traditions and when the government forces people to conform to traditions, it would result into a mild form of socialism and communism. If the government makes it mandatory to stand during the anthem, it would lead to other laws being made to make us all the same. But flat out sitting and not at least showing some respect by kneeling, as it says nowhere in any document that founded our country that we have to stand for the anthem, is showing blatant disrespect to the lives that were given to preserve our freedom and our country. But another question is, what are they protesting by kneeling for the anthem and the flag? It could be interpreted many different ways, but the main reason I think that they are kneeling is out of protest on how this country has been slowly alienating the constitution and amendments with the #blacklivesmatter and other organizations that challenge their personal freedoms. Yes, the constitution and amendments are flawed, but that is why amendments have been added and put into place. Also that by kneeling for the flag, I think that they are actually showing more respect as they acknowledge the fallen men and women, either being a police officer or a member of the military, by kneeling and paying homage to their sacrifice. So I think that national symbols should not be protected form actions deemed disrespectful.

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  • Cherie from Washington

    No, they should not. First of all, “disrespectful” is subjective. What may be deemed disrespectful to one person, may not be to another. Furthermore, the flag is NOT a symbol for veterans, and Colin Kaepernick is not disrespecting them. The flag’s 50 stars represent the 50 states, and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies. And a flag is, after all, only an object. It only has the symbolism you give it.

    The pledge of allegiance states that we are “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”. But that, is not quite true. Innocent minorities are still shot and killed, only relatively recently has same-sex marriage been legalized, and I would say this past political season has been VERY divisive indeed! Therefore, until there really is “liberty and justice for all”, I fully believe Colin Kaepernick and others have the right to kneel before the flag, even if some people do find it disrespectful.

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  • Lydia from Wisconsin

    I would like to say yes, however, upon further thought, my answer is no. Let me explain. The flag and other symbols of the United States of America are, in a way, representative of the country. To do damage or harm to a national symbol is disrespectful to the country. But, to do damage to the flag or other national symbol is also a form of expression. Why would somebody disrespect the country in such a way? Because they are unhappy with things having to do with the country. This form of protest is impactful especially because it affects many Americans on an emotional level and gains a response from the general public, whether good or bad. This means that whatever the reason someone would bring harm to this symbol, they are bringing forth a conversation about that reason. It is disrespectful to bring intentional damage to a flag or national symbol, but a person who does this is simply using it as a catalyst to spark a conversation about their concerns for the country. I can see that many believe to disrespect the flag or national symbol is equivalent to disrespecting the people in the armed forces. I do not believe this to be true. To have respect for people fight for our country is different than having respect for the political or social atmosphere. There is a high sense of respect for soldiers and others who serve our nation, but when someone disrespects the flag or symbol, they often have an opinion about or issue with the political or social circumstances in the nation. To express an opinion through intentional disrespect to the flag may be seen as different and separate from expressing disrespect for the people who serve and protect us and our country.

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  • Ashley from Missouri

    I agree that it is disrespectful to the people that serve our country, but I do not believe it is constitutional to punish someone for what they believe in. Our first amendment right states that we have the freedom to religion, assembly, press, petition, and speech. If you punish someone for exercising their first amendment right, you are not following the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land. I understand that it is disrespectful, but if we outlaw it then we are just as bad as King George III. He took away the colonist rights and in return the colonist wrote the Declaration of Independence. I feel that if we take away rights then we are going to have another civil war. It is not legal for the government to make a law that punishes people for disrespecting national symbols. If they do that then crime rates will go up and eventually war will break out. I don’t want that for our country and I don’t believe that our soldiers or other citizens want a war inside our own borders.

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  • Ethan from Nebraska

    I have my different beliefs on wether or not kneeling for the National Anthem is right. I believe and stand by our Constitution, therefore I’m with the first amendment. Which states that we have the the right to freedom of speech. That gives them the right to peacefully assemble to protest. I do not like taking away peoples rights, no matter how wrong it is.
    However, I am currently in the military and seeking a degree in hopes of becoming a police officer. I am a proud American and I will always stand for the national anthem. But taking the peoples rights for what you think is right; to me is not very American. The way I see it is that they can be doing things worse than kneeling.

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    I have my different beliefs on wether or not kneeling for the National Anthem is right. I believe and stand by our Constitution, therefore I’m with th…

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  • Sadie from Connecticut

    The United States is a country that people choose to fight for. They are fighting to defend our constitution, and it is their choice whether to fight or not. We have a constitutional right as American citizens to have a freedom of speech, which can be expressed in different ways. The NFL players choose to exercise their right by kneeling during the anthem, someone might put a sign on their yard, but it is important that we respect everyone’s rights of free speech and protest. The people who choose to kneel during the anthem aren’t necessarily doing it because they hate the army or the government, they’re doing it because there is an issue arising that they believe is worth fighting for, and that is their way of fighting. It is not disrespectful to fight for what you think is right, which is the same thing that soldiers in the army do; fight for what they believe is right. We are given the right to do that by the constitution, and depending on how you choose to exercise right that is up to you. America may see it wrong to not follow a tradition, but as a new age of people arise, we, and our leaders have to be prepared for everything that the American population will fight for, and will pick as an important issue that, when fixed, will move our country forward. It is our duty as Americans to protect the right of others, because we are all fighting for what we believe in, even if we are expressing that differently. The real issue is that Americans are seeing others with different opinions as not fitting the status quo. We have to make sure to be open to everyone’s ways of fighting, because they believe in things just as much as everyone else, and what they believe in, is something they are willing to fight for in front of millions of people. Putting the spotlight on people who are doing the same thing (but quieter) as soldiers is a ridiculous way of making all Americans conform to a false idea of what fighting is.

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    The United States is a country that people choose to fight for. They are fighting to defend our constitution, and it is their choice whether to fight …

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  • Bronwen from Colorado

    No. A big pay check should not make someone less accountable. Famous men are consistently under fire for making sexually explicit comments that are disrespectful. They are publicly shamed and may loose employment or sponsors. When a football player kneels for the National Anthem, the sole unified message of respect for the country and our troops, he becomes an icon. Rather than disrespecting one woman with words, these players are disrespecting a whole country of men and women. Neither scenario is illegal, yet both should be considered morally wrong.

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    No. A big pay check should not make someone less accountable. Famous men are consistently under fire for making sexually explicit comments that are d…

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  • Andrew from Michigan

    I think it should not be protected, because this is a free country and if someone wants to respect our flag the way they want to, that is great. But People should still know that thousands of people die a year to protect our free and great country that we call home today.

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    I think it should not be protected, because this is a free country and if someone wants to respect our flag the way they want to, that is great. But P…

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  • Cordell from Kansas

    In my opinion, if we were to outright protect national symbols by some threat of law, we would then be stepping on everyone’s first amendment rights. The idea to protest during the national anthem is certainly not a new concept; Tommie Smith and John Carlos, two American Olympians protested the National Anthem by holding a fist in the air after receiving Olympic medals. When people protest the flag and kneel, they do so with the best intentions. Surely they aren’t trying to divide the country, if they were, they would simply let the atrocities they protest go on. The players in the NFL are using their notoriety to make a statement, one which has clearly reached the ears of the president. In light of President Trump’s statements to the NFL, he in turn has caused much backlash, resulting in more players and even entire teams protesting the anthem. However, the players that are kneeling are not disrespecting all of those who have died for our country; they even adapt their forms of protest in order to maintain that respect.

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  • Alaina from Kansas

    I do not think national symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful. Although i do not agree with kneeling for the National Anthem it is an American’s right. It is a form of peaceful protest. Our military has served for our right as citizens to have freedom of speech. Therefore, taking that right away by making a national symbol protected would cause more uproar than needed in our already divided country.

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    I do not think national symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful. Although i do not agree with kneeling for the National Anthem i…

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  • Taylor from Kansas

    No, national symbols shouldn’t be protected. As much as I appreciate those fighting for our freedom, they are also fighting for our rights. Deciding to kneel or sit during our national anthem is a right. It’s a way of expression. It’s a way of protesting what they believe in. Sometimes even actions that one person sees as disrespectful, another person could see as perfectly acceptable. Not everyone sees what Kaepernick did as disrespectful. They could see it the way he did. As a peaceful protest. As a way of standing up for what he believes in. Not all actions deemed disrespectful are actually meant to be disrespectful.

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    No, national symbols shouldn’t be protected. As much as I appreciate those fighting for our freedom, they are also fighting for our rights. Deciding…

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  • Math from Virginia

    America isn’t the best. We often treat the American flag like it’s some great sacred juju that protects us from evil. Well it’s not, its a piece of striped cloth representing a mediocre country which was created because a bunch of white misogynistic slave owners thought they were being oppressed because they had to pay some extra taxes. Ever since I was a kid, everyone has tried telling me that America is the greatest country ever. It’s not, we just tell ourselves that because we have huge egos. There’s nothing wrong with pointing out the flaws in a flawed system, as a matter of fact its one of the most important steps in the process of a little something called “Progress”.

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  • Emily from Virginia

    The first amendment gives us the right of free speech and the ability to protest (peacefully i might add). Opposed might say that you shouldn’t disrespect a national symbol, but a lot don’t feel positively and should be free to say so. And frankly, Trump demanding that NFL players stand for the flag is ridiculous..they’re just there to play football if they want to make a statement you don’t have to turn purple and rage about it on twitter because you don’t agree.

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    The first amendment gives us the right of free speech and the ability to protest (peacefully i might add). Opposed might say that you shouldn’t disre…

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  • Lenitria from Florida

    This Country was founded on the principles of freedom. If players could be fired for displaying their thoughts then the principles of this country is compromised. I think the public misunderstood the intentions of the football players. They don’t mean to be disrespectful to veterans,they mean to protest in a way that they think will be more successful. Players get on one knee because of the police brutality crimes,not to show hatred for the country. When we look back to the case against Mr. Johnson, he was not at fault for burning a flag so what is the big deal if football players kneel? I understand that it may be found offensive,however in this country,we have the freedom of speech and the right to protest and no person should be able to take those freedoms,or rights away from any citizen.

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  • rayrobert from Montana

    No people should not be punished because they are exercising their first amendment right the protest may be disrespectful to some and to other it may not be but in my opinion i see it as a way of trying to change something that has been happening for along time with out disciplinary actions. Some get really angry when people don’t stand for the national anthem because of all the people that risked their lives and they believe it’s disrespecting them but it was never said that they were doing that it is only to protest something they want changed. A lot get mad and say “if you don’t like it well get out of here” but who are any of us to tell someone what their opinion should or shouldn’t be we may not all agree but that’s what “america” stands for freedom so if you say that someone can’t have an opinion then what does that “flag” that’s being disrespected stand for at the end of the day. They all talk about our vets giving their life and yes i thank all of the brave ones that died so i could live but what about their conditions when they get home if we all want a good example of disrespect on the “flag” well look at all the homeless and broke vets that fought for the very flag that doesn’t help them when they get home. That’s why I believe that no one should be punished for having a opinion or wanting to change a way of things that isn’t right to humanity not just one race but humanity it’s self that’s the only “race” we should worry about.

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    No people should not be punished because they are exercising their first amendment right the protest may be disrespectful to some and to other it may …

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  • Lauren from Michigan

    I believe that it’s not disrespectful because they have the freedom of expression and what they believe is what they believe. They are not disrespecting anyone by kneeling or linking arms because they are doing that for a reason of what they believe in.

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    I believe that it’s not disrespectful because they have the freedom of expression and what they believe is what they believe. They are not disrespecti…

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  • Gabriella from Montana

    no, people are entitled to their own opinion and if they want to respectful or not that is on them.

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  • Jaelynn from Montana

    People have different perspectives on whats disrespectful and whats not but we have the right to freedom of speech and peacefully protest. I think kneeling during the national anthem was peacefully protesting.

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    People have different perspectives on whats disrespectful and whats not but we have the right to freedom of speech and peacefully protest. I think kne…

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  • susep from Montana

    but i do think that this is the wrong way to protest against this kind of stuff such as police violence or any other thing really mostly because it wont solve anything and just puts politics in your favorite sports witch are very different things and should be kept separate from sports or any kind of entertainment that is not directly related to politics plus i guess millons of people will see and here about it but wont really do anything for the things you are protesting for.

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    but i do think that this is the wrong way to protest against this kind of stuff such as police violence or any other thing really mostly because it wo…

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  • megan from Virginia

    when did the flag become the troops?

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  • Wesley from Montana

    I believe that we should be able to stand, kneel, or sit during the national anthem or saying the Pledge because we have the first Amendment, Also I am 100% Native American and in my family they taught me that we do not have to put our hands over our heart during the National anthem or the Pledge because we were on this land since time immemorial and a lot of people do not know that America was built on genocide. My family and many others do not put their hand on their heart because the Native Americans were killed, used as slavery, moved on to reservations, and they broke our treaties. In a way if we pledge our allegiance to the same flag that gave us chicken pox and diseases as a means to eradicate all Native Americans, that to me is not alright. I stand in respect for the soldiers and people who served our country but I will not put my hand over my heart at any event because what the United States flag represents to my family and culture. So I believe that everyone can believe what they want and should be able to sit,stand, and or kneel during the national anthem. In a way its disrespectful to us to a point because it represents a mass genocide that nobody really knows about. Also not just this but the First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or ‘the right of the people peaceably to assemble’, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” so everyone should be able to do what they want. I understand that we should show respect but we shouldn’t be punished just for one small thing. Let people sit, stand, or kneel during these events because everyone has there own beliefs.

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    I believe that we should be able to stand, kneel, or sit during the national anthem or saying the Pledge because we have the first Amendment, Also I a…

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  • Gabrielle from Montana

    I think people should not get in trouble for disrespecting a national symbol, because people have different perspectives on what is disrespectful and what is not. For example kneeling or not saluting the flag during the national anthem or not saluting the flag to me is not considered disrespectful because people have different ways they were raised. Another strong example is related to Native American’s, who’s history with the American flag is one of distrust and heartbreak. Historically, Native Americans were handed the flag along with all many different disease’s and were forced to leave our homeland. Today many Native American’s don’t stand or salute the flag in honor of their ancestors.

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    I think people should not get in trouble for disrespecting a national symbol, because people have different perspectives on what is disrespectful and …

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  • Aleena from Montana

    A person should not be punished for sitting, kneeling, or doing whatever for the flag because it is against the 1st Amendment. People are entitled to their own opinions but then I also do feel that it is disrespectful to those who fought for our country

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    A person should not be punished for sitting, kneeling, or doing whatever for the flag because it is against the 1st Amendment. People are entitled to …

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  • John Doe from Montana

    Well, No one should be able to be punished for what someone else believes is right. As Americans we have all the right to stand or sit, Hell we can even do a handstand if we wanted to because it’s simply what the first amendment states that we have a right to express ourselves. Why must we view such a ridiculous act such as kneeling disrespectful when holding our hand over the heart wasn’t the norm for the longest time. It used to be that all that was required was to face the flag and for men to remove their hats… Why must we be so critical in everything we do? as long as respect is shown by honoring the flag in however fashion we chose it shouldn’t be a punishable act. If such acts were to be punishable then we’d only be creating more criminals for a petty reason. We see it wrong to kneel because the human majority views it as a moral indecency, though throughout american history this is exactly what we fought for…It’s just ridiculous

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    Well, No one should be able to be punished for what someone else believes is right. As Americans we have all the right to stand or sit, Hell we can ev…

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  • Jacob from Montana

    America was built on ideas of liberty and freedom. Americans feel very strongly about our flag because of many years of people living and dying under this symbol. That is the beauty of the flag and what it stands for. It gives us the freedom to do what we wish to do. It is not important if there are a few people that wish to publicly disgrace themselves and their families because they are free to do that. For the rest of us however, we are free to stand up for what we believe is right and good. We will stand up when the national anthem plays, we will participate in the pledge of allegiance, but most importantly we will respect the flag that so many people died for to give us these rights in our country. We should not persecute these people that publicly disgrace us by disrespecting what we so dearly love and believe in because they are covered by the same constitution that we are. They are free to believe what they want and we are free to believe what we want.

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  • Bailee from Montana

    Although, in my opinion, kneeling during the presentation of the American flag/National Anthem is ignorant and may suggest “turning your back on veterans or soldiers that fought for the opportunity for us to have our own flag”, it does not require a consequence that is through the law. The showing of our flag at major events such as NFL games is tradition because we are identifying our unity to our country. With the media focusing their cameras on the players that kneel or stay in the locker room it is losing the focus of the ones that are staying. Whether the players stand, kneel, attend, or don’t, each one is making a statement. They are all exercising their rights to the First Amendment. The people that suggest that a person who uses their rights should have a felony charge against them, are being just about as ignorant as the ones that they are pointing their fingers at. Before accusing someone of being unpatriotic, know what you are standing up for. I do not agree with the sitting/kneeling/unattending, but that does not mean they should have legal consequences.

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    Although, in my opinion, kneeling during the presentation of the American flag/National Anthem is ignorant and may suggest “turning your back on veter…

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  • Nathan from Montana

    Colin K. expressed his right to protest by kneeling during the anthem last year which I believe he nor anyone else should get in trouble for. Now I don’t believe it’s the best way to go about protesting because now Colin K. no longer has a job and although he may be a good player his choice has made teams that were considering signing him to no longer pursue him. It’s a persons right to protest something they feel needs to change but as Colin K. now knows, there may be negative outcomes in how the world sees their actions resulting in judgement and even job loss.

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    Colin K. expressed his right to protest by kneeling during the anthem last year which I believe he nor anyone else should get in trouble for. Now I do…

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  • Shailee from Montana

    Well this depends on what you can consider disrespectful.Just because you think that it is wrong for you doesn’t mean that it is wrong for someone else.There maybe rights and wrongs to something that is written on paper,but disrespecting national symbols there should be no punishment,it is clearly stated in the US constitution.The first amendment, people have the freedom of speech,they can say or do things that they want (to a certain extent) without being reprimanded.

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    Well this depends on what you can consider disrespectful.Just because you think that it is wrong for you doesn’t mean that it is wrong for someone els…

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  • Chase from Montana

    National symbols have and always will be met with disrespect. Trying to protect symbols from disrespect will do about as good as trying to make a fire in a downpour. You may get some sparks, but it won’t ever take off. The real problem with this debate is not mainly the disrespect of the flag, using the NFL games where players kneel as an example, but the backlash that is created from the protest/disrespect. When this entire trend started there were threats flying around of lynching and murdering. Is this seriously how we’re going to try to solve a problem? Before we try to fix something that is a nationwide trend, we need to fix how we approach these issues. The way it’s being approached is extremely immature and just as disrespectful as those who are disrespecting national symbols. DO NOT FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE. All you end up creating is an uncontrollable inferno

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    National symbols have and always will be met with disrespect. Trying to protect symbols from disrespect will do about as good as trying to make a fire…

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  • jeremiah from Montana

    I think that you shouldn’t get in trouble because you have rhe right of freedom of speech.

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  • D'Andre from Montana

    no, to a certain extent. People are so determined to problem solve this whole ordeal of disrespecting the national symbols, anthems, etc.. what this controversy creates is the division of America, by dividing our people into separate groups creates turmoil within the country. It just creates the bridge to be flooded, making us weaker. People like to talk the talk but never seems to create a resolution, but creates a draw from us actually pushing forward; we are actually going back, one step forward, two steps back. What we need is all the greed and ignorance to be vanished away like how these controversy need to kick rocks. All we need is to unite as one..

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    no, to a certain extent. People are so determined to problem solve this whole ordeal of disrespecting the national symbols, anthems, etc.. what this c…

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  • Vincent from Montana

    Protests like groups of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem are trying to bring attention to problems that need to be solved in our country. I don’t think what they are doing is disrespectful to our National anthem. They are peacefully protesting to try and help make changes in our country. The U.S constitution protects the American citizens rights to peacefully protest. The U.S constitution gives American citizens rights that make our country different and unique from other countries. If we try to take away our citizens common rights then what does that say about our country? So I do not think National symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful. Not everybody thinks kneeling during the National anthem is disrespectful, but some people find it really offensive. I feel our country should find a balance.

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  • Grace from Montana

    I believe that they should not be punished. I believe this because they are expressing how they feel and standing up against racial injustice in a very civil way, kneeling. If they really wanted to they could start up huge riots like the ones when President Trump was elected. But they’re not. The first amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” They have the right to express what they feel and they should not be punished for it.

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    I believe that they should not be punished. I believe this because they are expressing how they feel and standing up against racial injustice in a ver…

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  • Savanah from Montana

    In this country, nothing is more sanctioned than the rights given by the Constitution. In the Bill of Rights, the first amendment protects our peaceful protests and the freedom of speech. Although disrespectful to our Nation; I believe people can exercise their rights. Although my thoughts on America may be different than others, that’s how the founding fathers formed this Nation. For example Taxation Without Representation, helped the founding fathers form the Declaration of Independence; pushing away from Great Britain and forming what is today. Protests are supported to help represent the unjust and better the future. Although some ways of protest are seen as an unjust action, they are standing up for something they believe is bigger than themselves. In the end, our country was started by protesting, and protesting is the only way in which Americans can legally express their need for change and a push for support.

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  • Kianna from Montana

    Although I feel like it is disrespectful to our Veterans and the soldiers who have fought for this country I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion and should be able to stand/kneel/sit for what they believe, regardless of the National Symbol.

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    Although I feel like it is disrespectful to our Veterans and the soldiers who have fought for this country I believe everyone is entitled to their own…

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  • Kate from Montana

    Our freedoms are ensured by the 13 amendments, foremost the !st Amendment, freedom of speech ensures our right to express our opinion. Though with such a sensitive topic, it seems that freedom of speech is subjective? why? We live in a democracy, where we have the right to protest to advance to change. Colin Kaepernick protested towards police brutality, its not as though he was intending to disgrace those who have fought for us. As Americans, we all honor our heroes in our own way. We are free to practice our freedoms as long as it doesn’t obstruct the freedom of others.

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  • tyler from Montana

    I feel that people shpould have a choice to do whta they want even if it is kneeling ,sitting ,or not coming out for the national Anthem. I feel that its not protesting against the country but for a movement and a problem that the U.S. isn’t help let the people understand the rights to do what they want and they are entitled to there own opinion. I understand that people fought for this country and risked everything they had to be able for us the average people to be free, but that is not what some people are trying to do. For example Colin Kaepernick did not sin/kneel to protest against this wonderful country but to protest the movement against Black lives Matter and how there is diversity in the way people see others and portray there actions. But back to the main point people should not get disciplined for what the flag represents which is the first amendment to Freedom of speech and Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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    I feel that people shpould have a choice to do whta they want even if it is kneeling ,sitting ,or not coming out for the national Anthem. I feel that …

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  • will from Montana

    kneeling to stop police doing the wrong thing, not disrespect the people who fought for our country. I didn’t hear no soldier complaining about whats wrong with it. No one should get punished by kneeling for the flag because they doing it for freedom speech for to stop the police shooting or spotting a non white people what they didn’t do. I’m a native american kid and one day in my life a building caught on fire and the police thought it was me and my brother and we didn’t have nothing to start a fire. And we got talked to and me and my brother got school suspension and I was in the 3rd grade when this happened. And why should a police blamed two little native kids. I agree with stopping police doing the wrong things.

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    kneeling to stop police doing the wrong thing, not disrespect the people who fought for our country. I didn’t hear no soldier complaining about whats …

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  • Elijah from Montana

    I am going to say no for this debate. Because, I don’t think that the people who participate in these small protests, have the intention in disrespecting the national symbols. They are protesting for a an issue they feel is being unjustified. They’re peacefully protesting against something that they strong feelings about.
    As usual, let’s take Colin Kaepernick for example. He took a knee to shine light, on an issue, an issue where he felt, our country was oppressing black people, and people of color. He wasn’t trying to disrespect our fallen soldiers. He, like all fellow citizens of America, had the right to do what he did. He had the right of freedom of speech, and to peacefully come together. I don’t think he intended to insult or disrespect anyone. He was just peacefully protesting.

    Just a question though. Some teams take a knee when one of their fellow teammates get hurt, to show respect for the injured player. Couldn’t taking a knee be a sign of respect for our fallen soldiers? That’s just a question I wanted to ask… so yeah.

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    I am going to say no for this debate. Because, I don’t think that the people who participate in these small protests, have the intention in disrespect…

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  • Bailey from Montana

    Taking a stand (or sit) against the national symbol of the United States flag is an act of disrespect however it is protected by the 1st Amendment. To take this action I believe that many have not thought completely through how they are to act to make their point without disrespecting other factors such as our veterans. The best example of this is when Kaepernick sat for the pledge during a game but after coming under fire for disrespecting veterans he decided to compromise and kneel to respect those who fought for his right to make his stance. Compromising and finding a peaceful and still respectful way to stand against something many praise is the best way he can make his stance effectively and maintain peace with the population. Taking away rights from those that those who disagree with you is to be a hypocrite of your own personal stances and of the base foundation of the American life.

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  • chris from Montana

    it’ fine it’s not a big deal the next day it will be the same so do what you want. if some one as a problem just talk to him or her about it.

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  • Brendon from Montana

    No, I feel that a person who wants to take a stand for something they believe in has the right to do so. A valid example of this is pro athletes not standing for the national anthem. In some ways yes it is disrespectful but at the same time we as people have our own rights. Such as our freedom of speech, and our right to peacefully protest. I do not believe that this protest by these athletes is in any way harmful they are simply kneeling during the anthem because they believe that they are not getting the respect they deserve. As a young athlete always growing up watching sports and never before seeing something like this in the sports world it makes me excited to see these big name athletes taking a stand which is why I can support this act of protest.

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    No, I feel that a person who wants to take a stand for something they believe in has the right to do so. A valid example of this is pro athletes not s…

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  • Talon from Montana

    They shouldn’t punish the people who didn’t stand for the flag because it is against the 1st Amendment.

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  • Bryant from Montana

    I believe that people have no right to fully disrespect our national symbols but when we look at our bill of rights you have to look at what we stand for. people have every right to sit or do as they feel due to our soldiers and founding fathers. this is why i say no but still showing respect is not very human.

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  • ME from Montana

    People have the right to feel any type of way they want and the have the right to take action in what they believe in, just as people stand to put there hand over there heart, others may feel a different way about it and do what they believe is right.

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    People have the right to feel any type of way they want and the have the right to take action in what they believe in, just as people stand to put the…

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  • Alex from Montana

    I know that many people have fought for this country and no one has every knelt during the national anthem, but I don’t see it as disrespectful. One reason is that many have knelt before. This is known as taking a knee and has been seen as a sign of respect like a knight to his king or a soldier to his general. Another example of it is with a simple prayer within the church. Throughout history it has been seen as a sign of respect. So I say that it is not disrespect for our national monument. Many people from around the world can tell you the same that I have said here. So I say that what President Trump had suggested is wrong and this is should not be suggested as a sign of disrespect.

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    I know that many people have fought for this country and no one has every knelt during the national anthem, but I don’t see it as disrespectful. One r…

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  • Sterling from Montana

    To Say that it is wrong to protest and “disrespecting national symbols” is challenging our first amendment as americans, we have the right of freedom of speech and to protest peacefully

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  • Dan from Montana

    As much as I believe that it is morally right and respectful to stand for the flag I feel that you should not be required to. I don’t think that you can actually implement repercussions for not standing for the anthem and it be constitutional. The fist amendment to the Bill of Rights allows freedom of speech and the ability to gather and peacefully protest. If we were to implement repercussions for these players we are taking away a right that is given to us by the constitution. When taking away these freedoms from a group eventually you will have to take them away from everyone. In dealing with the kneeling to the National Anthem you have to realize that when you set disciplinary actions for theses players it not only affect them but the rest of the country.

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    As much as I believe that it is morally right and respectful to stand for the flag I feel that you should not be required to. I don’t think that you c…

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  • Garrison from Montana

    Regardless if I disagree with numerous American citizens decision to kneel during the National Anthem, America is a free country. Due to the fact that America is a free country, the people are entitled to their own opinions and beliefs. It is our countries First Amendment that people have the freedom of expression, even if it is not in favor of a governments decision. People make the point that blood was shed from the brave men and woman who fought for our country, and this is widely disrespectful to those who have served. While the flag doesn’t directly represent veterans, it is easily understandable to see how people are getting worked up and use this as a reference when making a point about the controversy surrounding the National Anthem.

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    Regardless if I disagree with numerous American citizens decision to kneel during the National Anthem, America is a free country. Due to the fact that…

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  • Ethan from Montana

    While I believe that the protests against our own country are completely wrong I still believe in the principles, rights/freedoms and rules of this lovely country. It is a perfect example of the first amendment that these people are exercising. Protest is the foundation of the US. People have been using protests for hundreds of years to make change and bring issues to light in the public eye of the country. My only problem with the direct disrespect is that they are shitting on one of the few places in this world that even allows them to perform such an action. There are many countries and states that would have these people executed for this. Servicemen and women give their lives everyday over seas to protect the freedoms we all have yet these people still choose to actively disrespect them. While their actions are protected by the Constitution it doesn’t mean it’s the right way to handle things.

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  • crystal from Montana

    There is something known as the first amendment which is the freedom of speech. Kneeling may be deemed as disrespectful but they have the right to do so.

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  • Nicholas from Montana

    This subject is really outstanding. The actions made by Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the National Anthem were his standings about what he thought was wrong with police brutality. He wasn’t standing because he wanted to put a stop to police brutality. It was a respectful gesture he started out not even standing but he matured and took a knee. Disrespecting a National Symbol is just a action made by you as silent protest and it’s peaceful there is no harm being made and nothing is being destroyed. This is a human right to stand up for what you believe or even knee for what you believe in. To me this isn’t disrespectful this is a protest for change.

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    This subject is really outstanding. The actions made by Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the National Anthem were his standings about what he thought …

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  • katherine from Montana

    I understand that people might view this as disrespectful, the first amendment protects our right to protest peacefully. if we take that away which freedom is next? also why is kneeling for the anthem causing more controversy than people burning/peeing and otherwise disrespecting the flag?

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    I understand that people might view this as disrespectful, the first amendment protects our right to protest peacefully. if we take that away which fr…

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  • Anthony from Montana

    No, these players are not trying to be disrespectful or even ungrateful for our service men and women, they are simply exercising their right to freedom of speech, they’re standing up for what they believe in even in the face of some harsh critizism and I admire them for that.

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    No, these players are not trying to be disrespectful or even ungrateful for our service men and women, they are simply exercising their right to freed…

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  • Sage from North Carolina

    No, because the question states “deemed” disrespectful. It is inherently not disrespectful. Veterans have nothing to do with the flag or the National Anthem. Several veterans have stated that they fought for the right for Kaepernick to kneel, even if they disagree with it. This opinion is not based on pathos, it is based on logos. There cannot be laws against kneeling or protesting American symbols simply because someone dislikes it. They can dislike it all they want and people can kneel all they want, it is a matter of free speech.

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    No, because the question states “deemed” disrespectful. It is inherently not disrespectful. Veterans have nothing to do with the flag or the National …

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  • Jose from Florida

    I think it’s okay for people to protest against something they don’t like or approve of. Just like how Colin Kaepernick kneeled down to protest against the police brutality. Before he kneeled, he used to stay sitting down but a close friend told him it’s more respectful to kneel down. His reason for protesting was that he could not stand and salute a flag that represented a country where inequality and police brutality existed. It’s his choice if he wants to stand or kneel. He has the right to kneel because it’s his freedom of speech. It’s in the same situation as Gregory Lee Johnson, he burned a flag and that was his way of speaking. He had the right to show his actions.

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    I think it’s okay for people to protest against something they don’t like or approve of. Just like how Colin Kaepernick kneeled down to protest ag…

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    • Tanna from Montana

      Burning a flag is disrespectful, I believe that we have the right to have a voice and protest. Although we need to have respect for our country and our flag.

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  • Ivana from California

    Many times in the past, Americans have used american symbols in order to protest and the first amendment protects that. I personally do not believe someone should do something disrespectful, but if they feel the need to, it is within their rights and protections. To refuse this would be going against everything America was built upon.

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    Many times in the past, Americans have used american symbols in order to protest and the first amendment protects that. I personally do not believe so…

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  • Alma from Florida

    National symbols shouldn’t be protected from actions deemed disrespectful because we have the right to voice our opinion and protest. In regards to the current issue of football players kneeling during the national anthem, this form of protest is related to the Court case of Texas v. Johnson. Johnson burned an American flag to protest the policies of President Reagan, and he was arrested for violating a Texas law that prevented the desecration of venerated objects. The Court went in favor of Johnson, and held that flag burning is a form of “symbolic speech” protected by the First Amendment. Football player, Colin Kaepernick started kneeling as a way of protesting because he believed that he couldn’t salute a flag that represented a country where inequality and police brutality existed. As Americans we have the right of freedom of speech and to assembly. According to the Bill of Rights, the amendments were created to protect our rights from the government. With the issue of football players kneeling down, this “symbolic speech” may be offensive to others. However, no one can take away our rights. Kneeling is a form of peaceful protest, that doesn’t physically harm others.

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    National symbols shouldn’t be protected from actions deemed disrespectful because we have the right to voice our opinion and protest. In regards to …

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  • Diana from Arizona

    No because our country was created in ways in which we are able to express our beliefs differently. If the government placed laws in which we can’t fully express ourselves then, are we we really a ‘free’ country? As humans we are bound to stand up and defend ourselves and others against what we think might be wrong, even though it might seem wrong in the eyes of others.

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    No because our country was created in ways in which we are able to express our beliefs differently. If the government placed laws in which we can’t fu…

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    • Nicholas from Montana

      I agree with you!

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  • Sam from Idaho

    With the president “calling out” the protesting NFL players, calling for them to be fired, it brings into question what we can control in this country built on freedoms and protecting such freedoms from infringement. These players have the right to freedom of speech even if it is deemed as disrespectful to some, and it is our job as citizens to accept that they have a right to protest in any non-harmful way they want. Even if you disagree with the protest, by supporting their right to do it, you are supporting the bill of rights and the ideals that this country were founded on.

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    • Brook from Montana

      The fact that most of us don’t support the NFL doesn’t mean we don’t believe in the first amendment, it means we believe in something called respect.

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  • Emmanuel from Florida

    Manny Lopez
    Mrs. Groves
    Government 7th
    5, October 2017

    Over the course of this nation’s history, there have been numerous occasions that we’ve experienced trials and tribulations that have forced us to come to terms with our indignity to determine what is permissible and what is prohibited. With these recent events occurring in the U.S today we have had tremendous impacts on the opinions of many in these trying times for our nation. With racial, economic, and even now foundational issues of our country, we see that we are not as we used to be with people who were once shy and quiet on certain problems now go into full blast with acts of violence and anger that hasn’t been seen since the 1960’s. The most recent of these controversial issues is that of the act of kneeling down during the National Anthem in NFL games, that was started by San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick as he explained his reasoning with the truth: that being that he could not stand honoring a country that is full of corruption and hate. This act has now led forward a movement that will most likely be cemented in time as one of the most trying times in American history,because it has now led to the question of whether or not national symbols, such as the American flag and the National Anthem, should be protected from actions deemed unlawful and disrespectful. Although many lean towards the act of discretion and agree with the fact that it should be protected out of spite and direct allegiance to their country, they honestly could really care less for it. They cower behind the fact that anything that goes against their honorable country be deemed worthy of dire consequences, and so with this while others go with the crowd I in personal vote against and say that national symbols should not be protected.
    Realizing how controversial my answer seems there is as much validity to it as there is to those who say yes because there is factual and contextual evidence that supports my ideas. In 1984, Gregory Lee Johnson went up again the Texas government after burning the American flag out of protest towards the policies of then president Ronald Reagan and so this prompted his arrest with him declaring he was only exercising his symbolic speech that was protected by the First Amendment. In turn the Supreme Court decided that in fact he was protected by the First Amendment through freedom of speech, which is the same instance Kaepernick is exercising today by kneeling, he is not disrespecting our national symbol but instead just simply enacting his rights. Former teammate Eric Reid himself insisted, “We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture,I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.” He is also upset at the fact that the world has seemed to turn against Kaepernick for him doing the right things, seeing as how there is a level of magnitude of hate and corruption consuming our nation.
    Furthermore, with this supporting the notion that national symbols not be protected due to constitutional rights there is also the fact that it is simply a just action to do. Imagine how one would feel if they were to stand up and put on a show to demonstrate pride and admiration for their nation when in reality it is in turmoil, as painful as it is to say it is true. No matter the moral obligation they feel to support their nation no matter what, there are those who choose to face the facts and rebel against these malicious acts that are occurring right before our very eyes. Kaepernick is one to demonstrate this, by beginning the act of kneeling he has now set forth a movement that has transpired all throughout the NFL, showing the true colors of America he is not one to stand idly by and watch countless of innocent lives fall to the hands of a desecrated nation. And in reality not all individuals are offended by this act as former Army Ranger veteran Alejandro Villanueva says that kneeling down before the anthem is not really disrespectful to veterans, and even he felt embarrassed being the only one standing up because he now is realizing what is truly happening within his nation.
    Conclusively, what many must realize is that by protecting national symbols from acts like these, they are in reality robbing everyone of their consecrated rights. For what would the nation be like if there was no such thing as “unalienable rights” and “the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness”? Had the British imposed this same act of protection to their national symbols such as the King or Parliament then perhaps we would have never emerged as an independent nation, as we would have everyone entitled to respect a symbol whether we approved of it or not. Colin Kaepernick is neither hero nor villain, he is simply an American citizen standing up for what he believes in, in a nation that is facing hardships and the cold and harsh reality that not everything is as it seems. So now we must ask ourselves as a nation, are we prepared to do what is necessary or are we to cower behind those who wish to let injustice consume their very lives? I for one will not, because as humanity has shown us, we are equal, and we are all one.

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  • Cody from Oklahoma

    I strongly disagree with the protests going on in the NFL right now, however, they do have the freedom to protest and take a knee during the national anthem. But just as they have the freedom to take a knee during the national anthem, we have the right to boycott the NFL and cause them to lose revenue that they otherwise would be gaining from us. However, I do believe that symbols such as the American flag or confederate statues should be protected because they are physical and are important pieces of history. I am fine with them being protested, because that is the right of the people, but they should not be harmed in any way. To be clear, the only reason I voted no was because of the context of the question pertaining to the non violent national anthem protests.

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  • Gregory from Arizona

    I will never disrespect the flag; however, I do not believe the government has the right to intervene on free will. Many people that voted yes refer to the fact that it disrespects veterans, but that logic goes wrong in multiple manners:
    1) Veterans fight to protect our freedom. Freedom is the key word.
    2) Disrespecting the flag is a symbol of disrespecting the government, NOT the veterans.
    3) This assumes that we must respect all actions taken by the government and our military. What if our government returned to imperialism, would we still then be subject to your constraint that we cannot disrespect the flag as an act of protest?

    In the end, the right of protest in one of the most fundamental in our democracy and must be protected.

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    I will never disrespect the flag; however, I do not believe the government has the right to intervene on free will. Many people that voted yes refer t…

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  • Cristian from Indiana

    A nation that loses it’s respect for the freedom of expression cannot be a nation that claims to be free. Whether it be a Communist flag, a Nazi flag, or a public display of protest the expressed right of individual freedoms that have made this country one of the greatest in recorded history cannot and will not be infringed upon.
    A Communist and a Nazi, while commonly has no idea what their supposed ideology entails, has every right to be a Communist or a Nazi right up until you begin to infringe on another’s right to think you are a clueless idiot.
    From there, we have a right not to associate with one another. That is the difference and the exception when considering this topic. The critic in this situation will walk away and let the Communist or Nazi be. The Communist or Nazi will try to harm you for not agreeing.

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    A nation that loses it’s respect for the freedom of expression cannot be a nation that claims to be free. Whether it be a Communist flag, a Nazi flag…

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  • Casey from North Carolina

    No. If someone doesn’t have respect for a national symbol then they are free to express that in a peaceful law abiding way. Not having respect is not against the law and the freedom to stand against something is protected by the 1st amendment — completely.

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    No. If someone doesn’t have respect for a national symbol then they are free to express that in a peaceful law abiding way. Not having respect is not …

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  • Wyatt from Kentucky

    I understand what our flag stands for- at least to me. It is a symbol of our Great Nation’s freedom. But really, how great is our nation? Who are we to say our country is greater than any other? Every Nation has its own flag and every Nation has people that have died for that flag. So what is it that makes our flag more deserving of respect? One might answer that we owe our flag this respect because it is OUR flag, not the flag of some other country that stands for some other people’s freedom. But who’s freedom does our flag really stand for? The Native Americans? The African Americans? The countless immigrants from all over the world who have found a home within this country? It’s everyone. What’s the point in showing an inanimate object respect if people can’t respect their fellow human brothers and sisters? That is exactly what people are protesting about. We have to understand that we are in this together, it’s not about who died for what, it’s about who lives for who. So I understand why there are people who choose not to acknowledge our flag and what it stands for. It’s about people respecting people. It should be mutual, not one-sided. Yeah, people died for our flag. People also died on the Trail of Tears. People died for equality. People die. It’s literally something we all do. So, maybe instead of having this “respect” for a flag, we should have it for each other. Maybe then we can actually advance as a people and maybe, just maybe, then we’ll find peace.

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    I understand what our flag stands for- at least to me. It is a symbol of our Great Nation’s freedom. But really, how great is our nation? Who are we t…

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  • Hanna from Iowa

    I don’t care that you feel it’s rude to disrespect the flag or whatever. This country was founded on the belief that anyone should be allowed to say, think and do whatever you want as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights with others. You have no right to dictate peoples’ actions (when they are legal) because you think what they do is rude. If that bothers you, tough luck because you are one person with one opinion and there’s 350 million of us. Your opinion is no more important than the next person’s.

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    I don’t care that you feel it’s rude to disrespect the flag or whatever. This country was founded on the belief that anyone should be allowed to say, …

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  • Jaeden from Georgia

    It is very much true that our country has many gaps in disrespect that need to be bridged and addressed but this does not mean that the individual rights of it’s people should be breached. Freedom of speech allows citizens in the United States to speak out on what they feel is right. To take away this right, would conflict with the message me want to give out as a country which is, freedom itself.

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    It is very much true that our country has many gaps in disrespect that need to be bridged and addressed but this does not mean that the individual rig…

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    • Brook from Montana

      With all do respect, these same people wouldn’t even be able to take a knee if our soldiers hadn’t fought for the flag they are kneeling for.

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  • Alexis from Arkansas

    The first amendment gives people of America to make the decision to stand or not to stand during the National Anthem( as an example.) Now to be disrespectful to your countries national song is their choice,but if they choose to live here they should be respectful, using the National Anthem as an example, people fight for our country and that’s what the song means to me; it’s a thank you to all of the men and women fighting for our freedom, so when someone wants to sit down, and not come out til after the song is over it is not all right with me. But to take away their right to that choice would stir up more controversy.

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    The first amendment gives people of America to make the decision to stand or not to stand during the National Anthem( as an example.) Now to be disre…

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  • Joseph from Kansas

    The first amentment of the U.S. Constitution garuntees the people’s right of freedom of speech. Speech comes in many forms and one of those is symbolic. Kneeling during the national anthem is the perfect example example of symbolic speech. Though many people find this action disrespectful it is protected under the first amendment.

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  • caleb from Ohio

    National symbols should not be protected from disrespectful. They should not have to be protected because, America is a country of freedom.Freedom of speech, religion, and the right to life, liberty, and property.the government cannot arrest you for kneeling during the national anthem or protesting the american flag.You as an american have the right to do whatever you want during the national anthem or not even listen to it at all but, there is is nothing wrong or illegal about disrespecting the american flag or national anthem.It is just highly frowned upon.Being a united states citizen entitles you to the freedoms and rights that the united states of america has to offer.One of which may include protesting the national anthem at football games or protesting the american flag.We would not even have the problem of this debate if people such as Colin Kaepernick and other people would not do these dumb things in the first place.So, as an american citizen you do have the right to disrespect national symbols and there should not be rules to protect theses symbols of america from disrespectful actions.“Freedom of speech does not protect you from the consequences of saying stupid things.” -Jim Hines

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  • Forrest from Massachusetts

    I think it is no because you have to do it during something that would be important and recognizable. If you small it won’t get the attention or create the pressure on the government that it has.

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    I think it is no because you have to do it during something that would be important and recognizable. If you small it won’t get the attention or creat…

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  • Bailey from Massachusetts

    I’m saying no because the players have their right to do this peaceful protest by the first amendment. They are not disrespecting the people who fought for that flag. I say this because I have seen former army members telling the world that they support this. I have seen a specific former navy member say that “he fights for that right (the first amendment) not against it.”

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    I’m saying no because the players have their right to do this peaceful protest by the first amendment. They are not disrespecting the people who fough…

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  • Wes from Massachusetts

    I feel like if you are trying to make a right then there is no law to stand and you are protestin for a right thing in your mind. A player should not be forced to stand if he protests about things that happen in America.

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    I feel like if you are trying to make a right then there is no law to stand and you are protestin for a right thing in your mind. A player should not …

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  • Coleman from Massachusetts

    I think no because I originally thought that kneeling was offensive to veterans who fight and risk their lives for us everyday. But it turns out, it wasn’t. That’s what changed my mind.

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  • Elias from Massachusetts

    I say this because they have the right to kneel although it is wrong. But they ate disrespecting the flag and that is very wrong.

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  • Ian from Massachusetts

    Everyone has a rights as long as it stays peaceful

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  • Tyler from Massachusetts

    Tyler T- I believe that NFL players have the right to kneel and should never be fired for their beliefs. Unless it is a violent protest, it is 100% fine to kneel. The 1st amendment protects your rights of peaceful protest. You wouldn’t go to a church and tell everyone that they can’t be catholic they have the right to have their own beliefs.

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    Tyler T- I believe that NFL players have the right to kneel and should never be fired for their beliefs. Unless it is a violent protest, it is 100% fi…

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  • Parker from Massachusetts

    It is their right to protest against this, no one can take this away from them.

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  • Jack from Massachusetts

    I do not necessarily like what the players are doing, and I would stand if I were them, but they can do what they want. It’s not Trump’s decision, not the team owner’s decision, it’s their decision.

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    I do not necessarily like what the players are doing, and I would stand if I were them, but they can do what they want. It’s not Trump’s decision, not…

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  • Jack from Alabama

    People can express their own opinion

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  • Max from Massachusetts

    People should.

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  • Emily from Montana

    I understand that people, women and men, go out everyday and fight for our freedom, risking their lives. I think that is amazing and I do support them fully, but I do not believe that the players, coaches, owners, ect. of NFL teams are trying to “disrespect” the flag to offend these people. instead what they are doing is protesting for equality. Although this may not be the correct time to do this, they have been noticed, where if they would have did it in another situation, it would not have created less acknowledgment. As unfortunate as that may seem it is the truth.
    These protesters are just trying to raise awareness for what they believe in. I think that Americans are entitled to their own freedom. The First Amendment and the Bill of Rights give all citizens of the US the right speak their mind, the press to speak their mind, and people to practice their religion. As this may come of as disrespectful, I believe that people are entitled to their own beliefs and should not be criticized for it.

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    I understand that people, women and men, go out everyday and fight for our freedom, risking their lives. I think that is amazing and I do support them…

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  • Jacob from Kansas

    The First Amendment of the Constitution clearly states that all types of speech, including symbolic speech like this, is permitted for every citizen. The moment we let emotion, like patriotism, decide our rights as citizens, is the moment we stray from being truly free. Being upset about the protests is completely fair, but if you think about the things that have been protected in the past (KKK/Nazi Rallies) this does not seem like such a big problem.

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  • tyson from Florida

    I think they should be able to kneel it’s their body they should be able to do whatever they want with it. Kneeling isn’t even a disrespectful act, nfl player Alejandro Villanueva and former army ranger even said so himself. Amendment 1 gives you the freedom to protest and that is all colin is doing is peacefully protesting. Colin is standing up for what he believes in the most peaceful way it could be done and they still tak his job from him. He is not gonna respect a country that isn’t going to support his race. I really don’t think there is anything trump should be able to do because he has the right to kneel if he wants. Trump made this into a bigger deal then it needed to be if he woulda never spoke out none of these other teams or players would rebel and it would be all over. I think Colin Kaepernick did something that is gonna be remembered by this country for years to come.

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    I think they should be able to kneel it’s their body they should be able to do whatever they want with it. Kneeling isn’t even a disrespectful act, nf…

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  • Angeline from Ohio

    The national symbols should be respected by the public because, we have people fighting for freedom but, the problem with making a law is the first amendment. More than respecting the national flag I believe in the freedom of speech. If we are on the topic of the NFL players and them kneeling, they are practicing their rights as an American citizen. They are free to express their beliefs. For example, some people don’t stand during the pledge due to their religious beliefs and we don’t do anything but since they are public figures we are. They are peacefully showing how they feel about the current events going on in the US at the moment. Those football players we not getting physical or anything during the national anthem. It slightly contradicts the first amendment which is freedom of speech. Respecting our national symbols are important, yes. But our rights as a citizen means more.

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  • Mabel from Ohio

    I don’t think that our country’s symbols need protection. I disagree with what people are doing, but they have the right to protest. In my opinion, I think that the flag and the national anthem have nothing to do with the problems that we face with equality. I don’t think that they should be fired or punished for their protests, I just think they need to find a more effective way of showing how they feel about this issue (since their kneeling hasn’t really solved inequality, it’s just driven our nation further apart because of how we feel about what they are doing). However, they have the right to protest and I do not think it should be taken away from them.

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    • Owen from Montana

      Sorry I disagree.

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  • Shelby from Ohio

    People should have the right to stand for what they believe in. Some people will stand for the flag during the National anthem but others might not because of various reasons: their religion, their belief, or their rights. In the constitution it doesn’t say that you must stand for the pledge or National anthem. Most people will stand but if others don’t then no one should harass them or start a fight since they have their own rights and beliefs and no one can take any rights or beliefs from anyone at all. If they don’t want to stand then they don’t have to, it’s their right. Sure, it is disrespectful in some ways, but if that’s what they do or don’t believe in then they should have a right to kneel if they want to. People all have their rights that no one can take away and the Constitution proves this. No one can take away your rights, you have the freedom to do what you want to or don’t want to do. People should not hold this against you or anyone else because you have these rights too.

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    • Ashlind from Montana

      I respectfully disagree with this comment, they are disrespecting the people who sacraficed their lives to make our country one of the best in the world. They are taking their deaths in vain, and its wrong we should be respectful of our American symbol it has made us as Americans who we are. I don’t disagree with their protest,but there is another way they can go about it. If we didn’t have our freedom their wouldn’t be a constitution from our Four Fathers we would be under rule of other countries. The soldiers who died made a huge sacrifice for our rights not only in freedom ,but human rights.

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    • Jordan from Montana

      As I agree with out that we have a right to stand up for what we believe in but we should not be done as we are honoring those who have and are fighting for our country. I respectfully disagree with or comment.

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  • Brooke from Ohio

    They shouldn’t be punished for disrespecting the flag and other national symbols. Yes they are disrespecting our fallen soldiers but they also have the freedom of speech in the 1st Amendment. If we were to punish anyone who disrespects our national symbols then we would be taking their 1st right away. Our government’s job is to protect our unalienable rights as stated in the Constitution. If the Government made a law arresting anyone who disrespected national symbols then that would be declared unconstitutional. In the middle ages during the time of monarchy people would be hung for saying bad things about the royal family. This was one of the many reasons why we declared our independence from Great Britain. By making it a law that disrespecting a national symbol is a crime our government would be taking away “unalienable rights”. The government would be breaking its own Constitution and breaking its people rights.

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  • Ruby from Ohio

    I do not believe that national symbols should be protected from disrespectful actions. This is because it is a way to show what people believe in. Everyone in this country has their freedoms, and peacefully protesting is allowed amongst people. They are not producing riots or protesting in any harmful way. The commotion going on is from everyone disagreeing, not from direct violence of a protest of someone’s beliefs. Anyone is allowed to believe whatever they want because this is America and we are free. Kneeling at games should not cause this much of a commotion because anyone should be able to express how they feel about a subject in peace. These actions that are considered disrespectful to national symbols should not be protected because we are a free country.

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  • Tommy from Ohio

    Our government has no say in how people protest unless it becomes violent. The NFL coaches and owners should be the ones who administer the punishments. People have a right to protest.

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  • Brady from Michigan

    In my opinion, if government starts picking and choosing when people can exercise their First Amendment rights, then where do they draw the line? Players in the NFL have every right to do what they’re doing, and if government starts protecting certain things, places or symbols from citizens’ free speech, then who’s to say the won’t eventually protect themselves from criticism? It’s a dangerous thing if free speech starts being allocated to only certain topics.

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  • Serena from Arizona

    I voted no because of the legislative precedent Justice Willian Brennan set during the Texas v. Johnson (1989) case. The citizens’ right to peacefully protest against their government outweighs the symbolic sanctity of the American flag, and, by extension, other symbols of patriotism.

    Further, it is not up to authority figures to determine what is disrespectful or not. Thus, there should be no move to forbid Americans from engaging in peaceful protest. The freedom of expression is one of the tenants upon which American patriotism resides.

    As founding father Benjamin Franklin said, “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government. When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved.” Freedom outweigh pride in importance. No institution is above critique. The flag flies higher when people have the freedom to point out, and thus fix, problems.

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  • Ian from New Jersey

    The term American was created in order to establish a sense of nationalism and a newfound society. We all have roots stemming from different countries with different beliefs. A belief in the U.S. is the flag must be respected or you are not a nationalist and are disrespecting our country and her people. When entering the position of a military soldier, you are not asked whether or not you are a believer in respecting our flag because you are joining a position which can cost your life for your country. These warriors of our country are fighting with all they have to show all of us Americans we are free. A flag does not define our freedom our fighters and our respect for our country does, and a symbol is not what we need to respect in order to function together. We must respect ourselves and those around us to stay unified.

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  • Allie from New Mexico

    Based off of the first amendment, people have every right to express how they feel about issues within our country. If they believe kneeling during the national anthem is what will get the nations attention then they have every right to do so. They should just be prepared for the reactions as well as the consequences.

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  • Ian from Tennessee

    The freedom of speech is the cornerstone upon which all other rights are built. Further, when a government fails to protect a person or persons’ inalienable rights to life, liberty, or happiness, they have the duty to alter or abolish it. Because we don’t have systems in place for any individual to do so, short of running for public office and doing it from the inside out, political speech is and ought to be to most highly type of protected speech.

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  • Sirena from New York

    Every US citizen has a right to protest and this type of protest, while is deemed disrespectful to some, don’t physically target or harm anyone.

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  • Tyren from Florida

    National symbols shouldn’t be protected from actions that are viewed as disrespectful because it is a form of protest, one can voice their opinion on the issue, and it is in the written Constitution. The first reason why national symbols shouldn’t be protected is that it is a form of protesting. People have the right to protest because they have the freedom of speech. It’s a form of expressing their own opinion. For example, in the article “The NFL couldn’t keep Colin Kaepernick off the field” it talks about how Colin Kaepernick kneels for the national anthem. It’s his way of protesting about the things that are going on in America in a peaceful manner. The second reason why national symbols shouldn’t be protected from disrespectful actions is that one can voice their opinion on the issue. One has the right to speak and commit actions about their stance on the issue. This helps people realize what’s going on in this country. The last reason why national symbols shouldn’t be protected from disrespectful actions due to the fact that it is in the written Constitution. The Constitution is composed of several amendments that protect the people. The 1st amendment allows us to have a freedom of speech. Which means that we can speak about an issue and not get in trouble. Nobody can deny one of those rights because it will be ruled unconstitutional. Overall, national symbols should not be protected from actions that are deemed disrespectful because it’s a form of protesting, one can voice their opinion on the issue, and it is in the written Constitution.

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  • Hope from Florida

    I believe that people have the right to take PEACEFUL action against national symbols that may be viewed as disrespectful. Multiple people in my family have been or are in the United States military, and that’s what they’re fighting for. They’re fighting for our right to speak out for what we believe in. To paraphrase Michael Che from Saturday Night Live, it seems that some people care more about the flag than minorities rights or people being discriminated against.

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  • Jack from Indiana

    If we can’t kneel for the flag then it becomes no more powerful than a piece of cloth. This country was founded by protest and protest is one of the things that makes this country great. Restricting people’s speech and right to protest is way more unpatriotic than kneeling for the national anthem.

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  • Kadence from Ohio

    Disrespecting the flag is one thing while kneeling to the anthem to protest the discrimination that is so obvious in this country is another. National symbols should be protected from harmful and disrespectful actions when there is little harm done under their representation. This a harsh example, but the swastika is not protected form disrespectful acts and it was once a national symbol of Germany. This is due to the the harm that was caused under its “name” or image. The American flag represents those who have fought and died for this country, those who work to serve its people in the government and, of course, ALL the citizens. Unfortunately, it also represents hunger, hate, racism, discrimination, war, sexism, homophobia and so many other dividing factors. These “disrespectful” actions that have occurred should be signs that something needs to change within our nation.

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  • Sakari from Rhode Island

    Protecting National symbols for the sake of not offending the beliefs of a group imposes our rights to the freedom of speech and expression as United States citizens. People aren’t protesting for the sake of disrespect or rebellion. People are protesting because the United Staes promises it’s citizens “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and the systems put into place to protect these rights have grossly missed the mark, leaving whole groups of people marginalized and abandoned. The term “minority” says it all. Not only are minorities less represented, but are also left vulnerable and oppressed by the majority. Instead of resisting the protests we should listen to the cries of our fellow citizens and work together to promote true equality, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.

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  • Joanna from Nebraska

    It angers me to no end to see people disrespecting national symbols. These symbols represent everything this great country stands for. No matter what the message is, to disrespect a national symbol is not something I can support. However, as Americans we do indeed have the freedoms to express our opinions, no matter what they are. These rights should never be taken away.

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  • Eduardo from Texas

    As much as it may seem like a crime to break a tradition embedded in the very foundation of one of the greatest nations to have ever be put on this Earth, it cannot be illegal to kneel during the national anthem, nor can there be policies put in place to prevent such a practice. It’s protected by the First Amendment in the right to protest the flag and has already been proven that the flag can be desecrated and it still be legal as seen in Texas vs. Johnson, where the Supreme Court said that nobody can be imprisoned for burning the flag. Despite the fact that a majority of NFL players have the audacity to protest for an issue that’s the least of the problems, they can easily contribute to these causes, not by protesting, but donating money from their enormous paychecks that they receive yearly to play a sport for less than half a year rather thab party each week and then show up for one night on TV to declare that they are sympathizers for a race under exclusive attack by the police, which isn’t even true in the first place since police are now more likely to shoot whites over any other color out of fear of being persecuted for trying to protect the streets day and night, give me a break. Most, if not not all, NFL players have ever had to go over overseas in order to protect other citizens. I say most because a Pittsburgh Steeler, Anthony Villanueva, refused to stay inside the locker room during the national anthem, despite his own coach telling him to not go out, because he is an army vet and know and respects the soldiers who died and continue to fight to this day for him to play football. No policies should be set in place to prevent anyone from kneeling, but those who do must know how disrespectful it is to commit the act.

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  • Terriane from Missouri

    I say no,the reason why is because the 1st amendment allows those players to express their opinions about any issues going on that they have experienced, seen, or know of. There is no law that states that they have to stand and place their right hand over their hearts, and as long as they are protesting peacefully, then I feel that it shouldn’t be an issue. They’re using their fame and influence to speak on issues that matter to them and many others. And that’s a positive thing. And because of these reasons, I do not believe that national symbols should be protect from actions that are deemed disrespectful. They’re not rioting and they’re not doing anything else violent or disrespectful, such as burning the flag.

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  • Alyssa from Texas

    Those who choose to kneel during the National Anthem have the ability and right to do so. People have different ways and opinions on what they believe is respectful. If one person is forced to do what another believes is respectful then how does it make it respectful on a personal level?

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  • Courtney from Florida

    Whether national symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful seems to be the popular topic these days. My personal opinion on the matter is no, national symbols should not be protected from disrespectful actions. The United States of America is best known for the freedoms and rights it gives its citizens. By taking away freedoms clearly listed in the Constitution would be unconstitutional. Actions like burning the American Flag and kneeling during the National Anthem are considered “symbolic speech”. The founders of the Constitution and United States created these freedoms for people to practice; not so the government could reprehend them when they feel offended. People practicing their freedom of speech are trying to bring an issue to light so it may be resolved effectively and not swept under the rug until it affects more lives.
    The burning of flags and kneeling during the National Anthem are acts of freedom of speech and protesting. Colin Kaepernick claims that he kneels down during the National Anthem because he could not stand and salute a flag that represents a country where inequality and police brutality exists. Kaepernick is just protesting just like many historic figures did long ago, like Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks, to change matters. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks held protests for equality between blacks and whites. Many were offended by their protests but MLK and Parks still managed to make a positive change to the United States as others joined their matter and they began to be heard. Other NFL players have joined Kaepernick to help with the brutality of social media that’s been thrown at him and support his cause. Actions like burning the American Flag and kneeling during the National Anthem are considered “symbolic speech” and those actions are taken to create a change.

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  • Jade from Florida

    I do not believe national symbols should be protected from actions deemed disrespectful. There have been many times in history where doing certain gestures, such as kneeling during the national anthem, were used and meant as a symbolic message as well. Take into consideration Tommie Smith and John Carlos who had lowered their heads and raised black-gloved fists in a Black Power salute during the national anthem at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Many of times actions such as this were to address and protest events occurring in the nation. Some gestures could be considered to bring awareness to issues that are being refused to be acknowledged. Then there are also moments when what some may find disrespectful, others may not find disrespectful. If the government were to take away the opportunity for us to do symbolic gestures such as this it would take away our freedom of speech which given to us in the First Amendment. This is based upon the Supreme Court of Texas v. Johnson case, which ruled that protest actions may cause society to be angered, but anger is not justification for taking away an individual’s right to do such actions. While I understand that there should understand that there should be a certain limit to destroying a national symbol, certain protest actions should not be stopped if all it does is be considered disrespectful to some.

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