Friday, September 30, 2016

Women's Basketball Joins in the Protest Against the National Anthem




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.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Introduction

Many people my age are passionate about something, my passion happens to be basketball. I have been involved in basketball leagues since I was in the 2nd grade. Basketball is something that I am very comfortable  talking to other people about. It is something that comes pretty natural to me. I hope you like what I have to say about it.

Throughout my blog I will cover things such as the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and Women's Collegiate Basketball. I will talk about how the teams are doing and sometimes just what is going on with the players.

My hopes for my blog is it interest more people about women's basketball. Also I hope I can help people gain more knowledge of basketball as a whole. People may think that women's basketball is boring and I hope to change their minds.

Women's Basketball Website Sources

The website ESPN is a sports page and also can be watched on your home TV, it is very well known. ESPN keeps you up to date on what is going on in the world of sports as a whole. It covers anything from college athletics to professional athletics. It is a credible website because not only are they live at the sporting events but they also have one on ones with the players from the athletic teams. ESPN is a great way to stay up to date on all that is going on in the sports world around you. On the website you can find things such as “ Mercury top Fever, Catchings to advance in playoffs.” It will keep you up to date on all your favorite team's playoff games.

The website Bleacher Report is a great way to stay caught up on all the collegiate women's sports action near and far from you. If you are a fan of a women's sports team miles away from you, you can catch all their latest game action on Bleacher Report. It is a very credible sight due to its abundance of interaction with the collegiate players themselves. It not only reports about the happenings on the court but also what's happening off the court. They go out and do interviews with the players of the teams. An example of the information found on Bleacher Report is, “ 4-Star forward Thompson commits to Auburn”, it will help you stay informed of where some of your favorite athletes have come from and where they are going.

Wbeeball is a website dedicated solely to women's basketball whether it is WNBA or Collegiate basketball news. It does a full game recap after most games. Also it covers what is happening when the seasons are not in session. It is credible due to its off the court interactions with the players and the coaches. Things that you can find on this website are things such as “ Candace Parker Remembers Pat Summitt's ‘Class and Grace’.”  That is one of the many things that they cover on Wbeeball.