Taking A Knee
by kaylaleonard on December 3, 2017 - 11:34am
After recent controversy over the topic of taking a knee, Eric Reid decided to explain his position on the issue. In the article posted by New York Times, an explanation was given on why Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid decided to take a knee. They explain how in early 2016 they were watching a great number of unarmed black men getting murdered. These posts surfaced on social media and they made both men deeply emotional, especially coming across one, which happened in Reid’s hometown. He takes this action personally because any of his family members could have been affected. He explains that his friend Kaepernick chose to sit on the bench during the national anthem and that he or the media didn’t notice it until the third time he did it, for then it gained attention. Reid then decided to take action, and stand up for what he believes in, and that’s what he did. He approached his friend at a future game and asked how he could get involved alongside him to protest for this cause. After hours of contemplation, they decided that instead of sitting, they should take a knee. They did it at the next game, because it was a peaceful and respectful protest, that no one was getting harmed in. He then continues with how he’s baffled that their protest is being misconstrued as something else than what it was actually meant to represent. He goes to say that he’s proud to be an American and that he loves his country, but for that reason, he wants to change and continue to make it better. Reid goes on to explain how he’s sad how Kaepernick is currently unemployed, and he goes on to say that he wants to seek equality and freedom for everyone, no matter gender or race. He refuses to be a person who sees an injustice and turns a blind eye. That’s why he stands up for what he believes in. I agree for the most part on this social issue. It’s a safe way of protesting without causing harm or danger to others, as well as making a good point. They’re standing up for what they believe in, and I respect that, and I wish many more people protested for something they believe in a safe and peaceful way. I think was a way to start a conversation, which got the topic got the light it deserved. Sports is one of the biggest industries in the world, and someone important in an industry making a point has a really big impact on everyone else. Kaepernick sheds light on an issue that was ignored before, and I think it helped start a conversation on the issue. Even if nothing has improved, getting people talking about the issue is better than ignoring it, because at least we realize it’s happening, and the sooner more people realize it, the sooner something will get done to change it.