A big protest in the United States professional sports leagues has sparked lately, this being athletes not standing for the playing of our nation’s National Anthem. It all began when Pro Football quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during a preseasons game anthem. Now it has moved to the WNBA arena, where the women are standing behind him in his protest for racial inequality. New York Liberty player Amanda Zahui B. was the lone player of her team who knelt during the playing of the National Anthem while the rest stood locked arm in arm. She said, “ We want to stand united, we want to stand together”. This happened to be one of the first times a WNBA player had not stood for the anthem. One said, “ It’s not to be disrespectful, it’s to shed light”. Coaches are saying that they are proud of their players for standing for what they believe in, whether or not they are backing what the protest stands for they do not say. Many of the players in the article say that they hope to spur a national conversation on the recent abundance of social injustices.
I believe that yes, there is racial inequality problem in our world today, but I do not think that at your workplace ( in this case the WNBA arena) is the place to protest about it. I believe that not standing for the playing of the anthem is a very disrespectful thing, not just because we are told to stand but because people have fought for our freedom and it disrespectful to all that they have done for our country not to stand. I see the National Anthem as a tribute not just to our country but to all the people who have fought for our country, and they deserve the respect of us standing. We wouldn’t be a free country and have the right to protest when we see a problem if someone had not fought for our freedom. These players are in this country because they wanted to be in a place where they have the freedom to speak when they want, I feel the least they can do is stand for the playing of their nation’s anthem. I feel there is many different ways that they can protest racial inequality, and it does not have to be on the playing field. Children look up to these players who are sitting, and they think that it’s ok to sit while the anthem is playing and it is not. They sit because they see someone they look up to sitting not because they know what is going on in society. So out of respect I believe that all players should stand.