What started with National Football League player Colin Kaepernick last year has become a full blown movement across the country. It slowly moved around the NFL, with other players joining Kaepernick to kneel during the National Anthem to protest their cause. For Kaepernick, it was a social justice cause calling attention to racial inequality. This is the same for other players, while others have done it purely out of solidarity with other protesters.
In the last couple of weeks, it’s spread to Major League Baseball and become a more widespread movement since President Donald Trump called anyone who does it a “son of a bitch” who should be fired.
Beyond sports, the issue has now spread to Congress with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) kneeling on the floor to protest Trump’s divisive comments.
Jackson pointed to the First Amendment in defending the rights of Kaepernick and other protesters, stating they have a right to kneel during the National Anthem. On a moral ground, she stated that the President has no right to tell people they have no right to protest injustice.
To that point, she knelt and dedicated it to the protesters.
Another comment that attracted her attention is the claim that Trump’s “son of a bitch” comment was racist, a claim that the President himself disputes. What was likely just meant to be a profane term to rile up a hot audience was taken to be a direct literal slight towards the mothers of all these protesters.
Given the take-a-knee issue has become quite the national sports bandwagon, it will be interesting to see how the rest of Congress responds to Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee’s kneeling in protest. Will other Democratic members of Congress kneel in protest as well? Will they kneel in solidarity with her and the many more across the country? And how will this impact the young Trump presidency?