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2016-09-22 / Letters/Opinion

What's Your Opinion?

Compiled by
Jason Linetsky

Question: NFL football player Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the playing of the National Anthem. He said, “I am not going to…show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Other NFL players have followed his lead. More recently, football players protested during the first game of the season – on 9/11, the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center. Some say it’s their right as citizens to protest while others feel it is disrespectful, especially on 9/11. How do you feel?


“It’s sad. It’s not good to protest the flag, but it is a freedom of speech issue.” Jefferies Herrera, Borough Park





“Not just as Americans, but as human beings, we all have the right to protest freely, without harming anyone. Kaepernick was utilizing his right to protest peacefully. We need to be able to criticize and question any structures in our society that continue to do harm to others.” Oona Sura, Brooklyn


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