Protests assure our freedoms

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Without protests, the women would not have gotten the right to vote. Without protest, the domestic abuse laws would not have passed protecting women and children. Without protesting we would not have had the Civil Rights act, and without the act, none of the Asian and African immigrants would have made it to America and added to her prosperity.

The former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kickstarted the protest movement in 2016 when he knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism.

The poll of the majority of Americans has this to say, “However, in the wake of nationwide demonstrations in support of Black Lives Matter and similar protests, a majority of Americans now agree that it is “OK for NFL players to kneel during the national anthem to protest police killings of African-Americans.” Now, 36 percent of respondents say it’s inappropriate to do so. 

For the question “Is it OK for NFL players to kneel during the national anthem to protest police killings of African-Americans?” both male and female respondents agreed that it was, by a margin of 52 percent to 37 percent (male) and 52 percent to 34 percent (female). Younger respondents tended to be more favorable to the idea, with 68 percent of those 18-29 agreeing that it was. That number steadily declined to 36 percent of respondents over 65.”

Protests restrain the Presidents from becoming rogues. Imagine without protests what Nixon would have done, what would have happened to the Vietnam war, what Bush would have done further after destroying two nations for which we are still paying? Besides, what Trump has already done, what would he have done to the refugees on the border? The Muslim Ban? Our environment? Increased Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Xenophobia? Indeed, without protest, we would not have received our freedom from the colonial masters. We must honor the protestors; they are standing up for protecting our rights and saving our democracy.

Mike Ghouse

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