Should the players stand for the national anthem? 

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It’s been two years after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ignited the debate over kneeling in protest during the national anthem, it has escalated to become a nationally divisive issue. On August 26, 2016, Colin Kaepernick first refused to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. Since that time, professional football players and athletes in other sports have refused to stand for the national anthem. Some argued that such protests are unpatriotic and disrespectful to the flag and those who have fought to protect the US, while others defend that they are exercising free speech by not participating in the anthem while standing with their hands over their hearts.

1. Should the players stand for the national anthem?

2. The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, but the battle between the races rages on. What factors have contributed to the rise of racial issues recently? Explain.

3. What can be done to help reduce racism and racial issues we currently face in America?