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NFL Player Protests: Should NFL Players Stand or Kneel for the National Anthem?
Forcing someone to stand would be an actively oppressive gesture by a fearful yet powerful majority to stifle those who might upset the status quo.
Forcing players to stand will just support their point that they're oppressed, victimized and unfree.
If the NFL is a private institution, people who work and/or participate in their events should follow their rules.