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NFL Player Protests: Should NFL Players Stand or Kneel for the National Anthem?
Standing for the National Anthem is tradition.
Tradition is important in that it forms a sense of community. In
, for example, traditions bind them together.
honors your ancestors' struggles
Traditions do not have intrinsic moral value. Before 1942, it was tradition to address the flag with a
, but this was stopped, due to its similarity to the Nazi salute.
Players were never expected to be on the field
when the military asked owners to have their players take part in order to boost recruitment numbers.
Tradition is not sufficient justification to continue doing something. Slavery was also a tradition, but not at all a good one. Our past can inform our future, but it should not dictate it.
Tradition isn't always worth following, especially during a protest.
By going against the grain of tradition, the action -- and thus the cause -- gain a lot of extra attention that it might not otherwise.
It is tradition to kneel when presenting a flag to the family of a fallen service member. Military personnel kneel to show respect for our fallen. In this case, the fallen are citizens rather than military so kneeling is a respectful tradition.