Every Sunday, new stories and tweets appear offering updates on a protest that has caught the nation’s attention — players in the National Football League (NFL) silently kneeling during the National Anthem.
The protests have attracted not only the media’s attention but also that of the man in the Oval Office. President Donald Trump has publicly said that any player who kneels is a “son of a bitch” and has bribed league owners with popularity if they fire their kneeling players.
But Trump’s outrage against the protests — which began as a way to call attention to police brutality and racial injustice in the United States — goes deeper than divisive rhetoric. It ignores the inequities the protests address and acts to further push his racist, nationalist agenda.Read More