Posted on September 4, 2018
In Howard Zinn’s “Artists In Times Of War,” he mentions that the saying “you have to be professional” restricts people to the confines of their profession. Later, he mentions different professions and how the US’ intervention Vietnam is not their business. Since their profession has no business with the problem presented, they have no say in the matter. This reminded me of NFL Player Colin Kaepernick, who decided to take a knee during the national anthem. He protests the injustice and wrongdoings towards people of color and/or minorities. As an NFL player, it isn’t his business to concern himself with the injustice brought upon people of color. Yet, he does concern himself with the problem even though it isn’t apart of his profession. When Kaepernick knelt during the National Anthem he was criticized for not being patriotic and disrespecting the men and women who fought for our country. He was hated for this, but that wasn’t his intention. There were people who tried to label him and denounce his protest. Kaepernick would inspire other athletes to not stand for the National Anthem.