The Miami Dolphins are one of many NFL teams that have athletes who are refusing to stand for the national anthem in protest of the “oppression of African Americans.” They are following in the footsteps of Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers. But now they are in for a rude awakening. The Florida Sherriff’s office has announced they will refuse to escort the Dolphins teams to their games until they resume standing at attention for the national anthem. AMEN!
The local police union is doing the same thing and following suit of the Broward County Sherriff’s Office. Jeffrey Bell who is the President of the International Union of Police Associations released the following statement saying,
“I respect their right to free speech. However, in certain organizations and certain jobs you give up that right of your freedom of speech temporary while you serve that job or while you play in an NFL game.”
Four Miami Dolphins players have previously chosen to kneel during the anthem instead of sit. The team released a statement on their Twitter page saying,
Having the right to do something is different than actually doing something. While these athletes are allowed to sit out from standing the anthem whether they wish to admit it or not it has consequences. The consequences seem to appearing now in the form of police refusing to protect them.
Sadly, these recent occurrences of athletes who refuse to stand for the anthem has further enflamed racial tensions. Just the other day a African American man was shot and killed by police in Charlotte and rioting and protesting is becoming increasingly dangerous for citizens. It has gotten so bad that the rise in racial violence was even mentioned at the Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
It is unfortunate that these athletes choose to express their free speech in such a way that nothing is actually done by their protesting. It is all fruitless. But then again so is much of protesting done these days. They should follow in Lebron James’ footsteps who is actually making a difference.