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Taking a Knee

 It has been a few days since the controversy started over football players and their protest to take a knee .  I am sure I do not need to explain what “taking a knee” means in general terms.  The action has spilled over to other sports and even schools and colleges.  As of this time even some
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Georgetown Law students and faculty took a knee in protest of a speech by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 

So, the president, using his megaphone, certainly drew attention to this form of protest and now it has become something other than what it originally was originally intended.  The image of a football player has become a form of silent protest for a variety of causes.

 MLB Bruce Maxwell

 NBA and NFL players have taken a strong stance on taking a knee and it has spilled over into MLB with Bruce Maxwell a catcher for the Oakland Athletics, dropped to one knee during the national anthem before a game. Maxwell explained his position on the protest as clearly as anyone has.  He said, “"The point of my kneeling is not to disrespect our military," he said, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. "It's not to disrespect our constitution. It's not to disrespect our country. My hand was over my heart because I love this country. I've had plenty of family members, including my father, that have bled for this country, that continue to serve for this country ... But my kneeling is what is getting the attention, because I'm kneeling for the people who don't have a voice."

The news agency Reuters took a poll on Sept. 25-26  which stated that the majority of Americans did not agree with the President that football players should be fired for kneeling during the national anthem although a majority of those polled also said that they would stand during the national anthem.  Regardless of the polls the the president certainly polorized the nation and stimulated a debate F\that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and a few of other NFL players started when they kneeled last year during the national anthem last year to protest a series of police shootings and inequities involving African-Americans.


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