Hate Is Not The Answer
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Hate Is Not The Answer

Fighting and violence will not solve anything

Hate Is Not The Answer
Alejandro Lopez

In light of the recent events that are going on in America, I feel the need to write about this. We all know what is going on in America with the recent shootings and protests and the BLM movement. We have many people standing up for what is wrong in America but also some people are not standing up in the right way. I'm sure we all know or have heard of the San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Collin Kaepernick. This man is being recognized for kneeling down during the national anthem before playing in an NFL football game. My opinion is I do not agree with him. I do support what he is doing and the impact he has made on a much needed topic, but I do not agree with kneeling to our flag. The reason I do not is because I know the flag represents America, but to me it represents the troops: all of the lives being put on the line to allow people like Kaepernick to be able to do a do a peaceful protest.

The people are protesting violently are standing up in the wrong way. I saw a video of a man giving hugs to the police officers and while he was doing that, the people that were rioting began to slander him and call him a "traitor". I fully agree in his defense which was you cannot fight violence with violence. He began to explain about how the officers who had to control the riot did not do anything wrong and they should not be punished. He also said that if "one black man does something wrong, are all black men wrong? Why is it when one police officer does something wrong, all the police officers are wrong?" I strongly agree with what he said.

Justin Woodard is a main cause of this problem. This young man made recent news because he decided it was a smart idea to post on social media using racial slurs and comments saying certain NFL players deserve bullets in their heads because they were excising their right of freedom of speech. That is another thing fueling this fire: all of the cyber humans in this world. These people are led by what they see on social media and then follow what they believe is right. If this young man saw what is going on in this country and the current moment he would feel the need not to post because this no reason to. Saying something like this is disrespectful to many people and no one deserves to die because they have a different opinion than you.

I hope that America will one day see the light that every man and woman is created equally, that violence is not the answer to any problem in the world and that we just need peace in this world.

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