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NFL Player Protests: Should NFL Players Stand or Kneel for the National Anthem?
The flag and the National Anthem are symbols of the nation. The offences being protested are not.
The National Anthem is not about police brutality. It is about the entire country. Therefore, NFL players should stand for their country rather than kneel against just the police.
The offenses being protested are not under the control of the Federal Government, so players should focus their protests on the community where an incident happened, rather than on the nation.
The goals of the protest are wrong.
The offences being protested are in large part the result of systemic racism. The federal government and its national institutions exert tremendous influence on systemic factors, so protests on the national stage are appropriate.