At Least 378 Black Americans Killed by Police Since 2016
USA – May 26, 2018
It is not a mere number. It is lives of human beings like us.
When Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback took a knee during the National Anthem in August 2016, he protested against unjust police killing and brutality towards black Americans.
The number could be even higher at least 253 of the people listed in the Washington Post’s database didn't have their race confirmed. Take into account the database consists of only shooting deaths, beaten or chocked to death are not there.
As reported previously NFL owners applied the new rule that said all players are to stand while the National Anthem. A lot of people think that it’s clearly infringement on the First Amendment right to protest or peacefully assemble. This infuriated a lot of people from celebrities, academics, and citizens around the country.
CBS Polling indicated that views on the NFL protest are very polarized. However, most Americans polled in September 2017 said they think the players were protesting against police violence, not the American flag. Kaepernick clearly stated his protest goal is to oppose racism, police violence and inequality.
Donald Trump criticized the protest and called it “total disrespect of our heritage” and “a total disrespect of everything we stand for.”
“You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem or you shouldn’t be playing,” Trump said. “You shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”
Kaepernick actions are not without reason. Unarmed Stephen Clark was shot 20 times on March 18, 2018. He was armed with cell phone, so the police had definitely to put him down as a dangerous criminal. There was no other choice. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Santa Fe shooter, armed with Remington Model 870 shotgun and a 38-caliber revolver, who shot dead ten and injured thirteen, is OK and put in jail.
The notorious Milwaukee police beat and tased Sterling Brown, Milwaukee Bucks rookie, over a parking violation.
This is recent infamous cases, there are a lot more. The problem is real. It needs solution. It could not continue like this.
But the American Flag have to be respected, is there a need to explain why?
Chicago Bears linebacker Sam Acho suggested to not to concentrate on the new rule. He set another question for other players “What do you do now?” "Obviously, the protests have brought a ton of awareness to the abuses of power that are going on in our country, and I think that was a great method to start our conversation. And now ... we're seeing action," he wrote. "And if guys still want to protest, obviously the ruling is if you don't want to stand for the anthem, according to the owners, you can stay inside. ... I will say we continue to do what we're doing and speak up for those who can't speak for themselves."
The NFL players should continue their protests. The only question what form should it take now.