Peaceful Protest In sports


Jack Andrews

Protest can be in the form of strike, march, etc but they all are trying to make a point. Some get what they want but some don't. When people do a protest they usually do not give up until they get what they want. Sometimes protest are bad though and can cause legal trouble or violence. Lately there have been a lot of protest in sports or in other activities were they do something that is out of the ordinary to try and stick up for something.

Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe decided to make a stand and kneel during the national anthem. She did this to try and being social awareness to social justice issues in America. Us soccer wasn't happy and they said they want players to use the national anthem to "reflect upon the liberties and freedom we all appreciate." They don't get that Rapinoe takes issue with the word "all" in that statement. She was not successful in what she was going after because no one else joined her. I feel if she had more people to go with her she might have been able to make a change. Although Colin Kapernick and some other NFL players did something similar they did it for black rights.

Magan Rapinoe Kneeling during the national anthem during her us soccer game.

Another well known sports protest is when Tommie Smith and John Carlos made a power solute on the podium in the 1968 Olympics. They both wore black gloves black clothes and black socks withought shoes on. This was to to symbolize black power. Some say it was so powerful it couldn't be more clear if it was said through a loud speaker. They obviously didn't make a huge difference in showing black power but it deffinetily left a mark in people's hearts who were there to witness this.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their hands at the Olympics.

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