Local college students give their take on the NFL protest

GRAMBLING, ULM - An NFL protest that, one way or another, has everybody talking.

"It painted a very good picture for those who are willing to see it," Grambling State student, Marquis Rayson.

However, many students say people are losing sight of what the protest was supposed to be about in the first place.

"I think that the real reason for the protest is being lost," GSU grad student, Marquise Brown, said.

"A lot of the people don't want them to do this because they feel as though it's tarnishing America or they're going against America," Rayson said.

"It's like they got it all misconstrued they only see like the surface level of it when it's really deeper than that," University of Louisiana Monroe student, Ibrahim Mustapha, said.

"The real reasons are happening still every day," Brown said.

Brown is referring to recent controversy surrounding the topic of police brutality in America

"Kids getting shot for absolutely no reason I've seen these things," 

Known around the NFL as America's team, the Dallas Cowboys found themselves at the center of the debate.

During the pregame they both took a knee and stood for the anthem.

Showing solidarity on both sides.
Mustapha, a student at ULM and son of an Air Force Vet, says he and his father believe players are standing up for what's right.

"We live in a country where there's freedom of speech and freedom of protest and if there's something wrong with America we have the right to make movements until we see change," he said.

Will the cause accomplish its original goal?

Or will it be lost in the debate over how the protest is being carried out. Some say football should just be football.

"Football players play football but are they not human?" Brown said.

"Are they not affected as well?"

Either way people hope the conversations don't stop here and eventually bring everyone together.
I hope it doesn't die out," GSU student Roynisha James said.

"I hope we get what we're kneeling for...equality."

"We have to echo the same thoughts," Brown said.

 "If it affects one of us it affects all of us."

More controversy sparked in the debate after comments from President Donald Trump called for the firing of NFL players who have chosen to kneel during the anthem in protest.
 


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