10 Clarifying #TakeaKnee Tweets as NFL Teams and Players Rebuff President Trump

If protests did nothing, the powerful wouldn’t try so hard to silence them.

(COMMONDREAMS) — With #TakeaKnee going viral on Sunday as NFL players push back against threats by President Donald Trump, those who support the president’s position that professional athletes—and especially black or brown professional athletes—should just do as they are told and not speak their minds were infecting the social media hashtag with a variety of racist and otherwise ill-considered arguments about why “millionaire players” shouldn’t have or express political views. (Also, it’s all about the flag and misguided pro-war patriotism, aka freedom.)

Here are ten tweets chosen not at random to help refute at least a little bit of the circulating hatefulness and wrongheadedness:

**TWEETS BELOW WERE ADDED BY EDITOR**

Photos of NFL players protesting on Sunday:

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