Protests during the national anthem are being widely revived, but we need to do better in how we respond to them this go-round.
As live sports are returning in America amidst a pandemic and a renewed fire for social change, athletes across the American sports spectrum are amplifying their voices in different ways. Nevertheless, kneeling during the playing of the national anthem is set to be the most popular form of protest throughout the, at least, the NBA and NFL, and has also made an appearance this summer at Major League Baseball contests and some NASCAR races.
This form of protest, initiated by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016, was widely criticized at its conception and is still demonized by some as "disrespectful" to this day. However, since these protests are intended to raise awareness for admirable causes, here are five ways we as a country can better respond in 2020 than we did four years ago.