Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Have you watched much American football?

Have you heard anything about the debate where a player “took a knee”?

If you have watched the news, then you have likely heard something about this or about Colin Kaepernick.

We’re going to show you what happened, what this one action has led to, and what this all stands for within the US.


Understanding The Game and What It Stands For

American football is actually a rather complex game, and people love it.

There’s so much passion to this game within the US.

People are huge fans and analyze every aspect of the game, it’s that loved!

There is a huge political tie within this game as of late that you should be aware of.

This is getting a lot of attention, both to the game, and to the political perspectives that are tied to it as well.


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The Tie To The National Anthem

Pretty much every American sport played within this country has the same ritual–the National Anthem is played at the beginning.

This patriotic song is played at every game, even down to the high school level.

This ritual is a part of all sports within the US, and people are supposed to stop what they’re doing and pay attention to sing along.

It was never questioned, because this was always a tradition within this country.


This One Boycott Changed Everything

It wasn’t until Colin Kaepernick questioned this that it drew attention.

He was a player within the NFL and he decided to take a knee during the National Anthem.

He did this to take a stand against police brutality happening to African Americans, particularly men, within the country.

He wanted to use his position to draw attention to something that he saw as wrong within our country.


A Political Debate Has Come About

Some people saw this as an attack against our country and as him acting as if he is not patriotic.

Some people respected this and understood why he used this as a platform to draw attention to a growing problem within our country.

He did this to make people aware of a problem happening to African Americans time and time again.

Kaepernick did this to show that he doesn’t support what is happening, and he wanted to draw attention to this issue by taking a knee at a very visible time.


This Has Become A Boycott and Fueled An Entire Movement

Many of the cases of police brutality are on video and so people can live this experience by watching this footage.

This brings about a lot of emotion as a result of what is shown happening in real life on these videos.

There are measures being put in place to try to stop this police brutality, including putting cameras on police officers when they are on duty.

These videos show innocent African Americans suffering or dying as a result of police brutality that is racially charged.

By Kaepernick taking a knee during the National Anthem, he is protesting this brutality and this is his stand.

Some would argue that him taking a knee during a very visible and patriotic time is him being unpatriotic or attacking our country.

This has become a very hotly debated stand and has become a political issue.

It’s something to keep an eye on to see how it plays out moving forward.



American football is likely to remain a huge part of our culture, as many people are very passionate about this game.

It is very interesting to watch how the actions of one player have changed the way that people think.

Kaepernick used this as a platform to protest something that he felt strongly about.

This has drawn so much attention, and it will hopefully put a stop to police brutality.

Now you can see what is happening and carry on a conversation about a very hot topic within American culture.


If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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