Fox News Guest’s Argument Against NFL Protests Is Peak Willful Ignorance

A “Fox & Friends” panelist said Tuesday that she’s fed up with NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem and thinks it’s time for them to explain what it is they’re protesting.

But multiple players have explained the gesture ― multiple times. The problem is that panelist Lisa Giovinazzo and others either aren’t listening or don’t care to know.

“I think honestly taking a knee maybe that isn’t enough for these players,” said Giovinazzo, a lawyer. “Maybe they should go beyond taking a knee and take a stand and vocally tell the public what it is that they’re supporting and what it is that they’re specifically protesting.”

In fact, participating athletes in several sports have been pretty clear that taking a knee is meant to protest police brutality and systemic racism.

Colin Kaepernick, who started the movement roughly a year ago when he was a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, opened up almost immediately about his reason for not standing during the national anthem.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in August 2016. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” 

We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.
NFL player Eric Reid

Many of Kaepernick’s critics have argued that kneeling or sitting during the national anthem is disrespectful to the flag, the country, the military and first responders. President Donald Trump has repeatedly lashed out against the NFL protesters, calling them “disgraceful” on Tuesday.

“Many people have died …  fighting for our country, for our flag,” the president said during a press conference. “They were fighting for our national anthem.”

Giovinazzao offered a similar sentiment.

“The one thing that we all do as Americans is we stand united during the anthem,” she said. “In that regard, I don’t know how anyone could support not standing during the anthem.”

But many veterans have stood up for the players’ right to peaceful protest, pointing out that they fought to defend the First Amendment. 

Kaepernick sat during “The Star-Spangled Banner” for three pre-season games before a meeting with former U.S….

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