I have to dispute the letter that appeared Sept. 29 in the Telegram regarding kneeling for the national anthem, "Let's be clear on the First Amendment."
Colin Kaepernick started kneeling shortly after the murders of two black men, which happened within days of one another. The first was in the Twin Cities. Philando Castile had been pulled over while driving with his girlfriend and her young daughter. A police officer pulled him over and shot and killed him. The officer's defense was that he was scared. The second was a black man who was being pinned to the ground, arms at his side by two burly police officers. One of them took out his gun and shot the man in the head execution style. These incidences happened just days of each other after a long list of similar atrocities.
I'm not trying to bash the police because the vast majority are good, decent people who put their lives on the line for our safety everyday, and I have great respect for them.
Colin Kaepernick started kneeling after those murders to bring awareness to the injustice people of color face in this country. I admire him for his courage. He knew the consequence of his actions. The death threats, hatred and retaliation from those who refuse to admit that racism is a huge problem for our nation and has serious, life-threatening consequences for the black community.
It's sad that we have a president who would rather feed the flames of racism by turning a peaceful, respectful protest into something ugly and pervasive. Instead of bringing people together, working for a solution.
When did kneeling become a symbol of disrespect? Kneeling is a form of supplication, which means to ask humbly, to make an earnest request.
Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players are attempting to bring awareness of the racism and injustice many people in our countries face.
I write this in hope that people take a close look at the real issues and not be influenced by those, including the president, who want to make it into something it's not.