Nike Ad Revives Controversial Kneeling Protest
Since 2016, Colin Kaepernick’s choice to kneel during an NFL game caused controversy and debate throughout the nation, and Nike’s recent partnership with Kaepernick rekindled the issue. Though the debate on whether the kneeling is justified is ongoing, many agree that his action’s were constitutional. Donna Shalala, a candidate for representative of Florida in congress, stated “Kaepernick’s actions are a part of our democracy. Historically, women’s rights protest, civil rights movements, and labor union strikes all fall under one category: protest. That’s what Kaepernick is doing.”
Protesting has always been synonymous with freedom in the United States, and though Kaepernick, to some, could’ve stretched the boundaries, Shalala also stated “Everyone said people shouldn’t be able to protest over women’s rights or civil rights. It all follows a similar trend.”
Although the choice to kneel was Kaepernick’s right, Matthew James Kolich believes kneeling during a football game is the wrong place at the wrong time, “people don’t want to be involved in politics, they’re there to watch a football game. He could’ve found another way to protests, either through social media or something else.” In fact, Kolich’s claim followed a recent trend in football viewership declining, hence why the NFL stopped the entire league from being able to kneel.