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Tell NFL not to take away players rights to free speech and expression

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Dear NFL Commissioner:

The National Anthem is supposedly symbolic of the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Are the NFL players not citizens of the "land of the free"?  Are the NFL players not "brave" as they have come together to protest the disproportionate abuse and deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police who go on to live their lives without impunity?  To ban players from using their visibility to inspire conversation about police brutality against anyone, but specifically, African-Americans, supports the idea that African-American lives have no value.  The protest is not an attempt to disrespect or dishonor our country or our armed forces especially since so many African-Americans have fought and died for this country.  The protest is not an attempt to disrespect honorable police.  The protest seeks to shed light on and bring to justice those entrusted with the badge but use it, without retribution, to bully, torture, beat, rape, and kill.  Not all NFL fans agree with forcing players to stand.  Support the players' right to free expression and demonstrate leadership in the face of adversity instead of siding with those who seek to silence the oppressed. Come up with a compromise and not an ultimatum.  



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