History of Protests in Sports in relation to the Star Spangled Banner/ American “Values
Are these Protests Protected Under the First Amendment?
Or Are these Athletes Anti-American and need to be Reprimanded?
Throughout history there have been many forms of protests and many cases involving expressive conduct, and what is for many a deeply cherished symbol of America- the US flag, and or the National Anthem.
Protests against the flag and during the playing of the US national anthem have had many causes, including civil rights, anti-conscription and anti-war, anti-nationalism, and religious reservations.
Throughout history, and more recently in the 21st century many athletes are involving themselves in protests, which has led to many questions arising in the United States.
Questions such as:
1. Does politics belong in sports? And do athletes have a responsibility to the American People?
2. Is protesting the National Anthem or the flag Anti-American? Or is it protected within the First Amendment?
3. Is the backlash these athletes have faced warranted?
Directions: Read Documents and answer the essential questions above. Be prepared to debate
Use the Hyper Link to Help you with some of the Greatest Protests in History.
Table of Contents
1. Document A1918 World Series on Sept. 5
2. Document B 1936 Olympic Protests
3. Document C 1965 AFL All Star Game
4. Document D 1966 Muhammad Ali
5. Document E 1968 Student Power, Freedom power, black power Olympics
6. Document F 1969 Brigham Young Vs. Black Fourteen
7. Document G 1969 Curt Flood Sues MLB
8. Document H 1996 Mahmoud Adbul-Rauf and the NBA/ Nuggets
9. Document I 2010 Phoenix Suns Los Sun Vs. Arizona SB 1070
10. Document J Miami Heat wearing Hoodies for Trey VonMartin
11. Document K NBA “I can’t Breathe- Protests for Eric Gardner
12. Document L 2012- St. Louis Rams Walk with their hands up protesting Ferguson Missouri
13. Document M 2012, WNBA Stars Angered over League Fines for #Blacklivesmatter” protest
14. Document N Knoxs College – Ariyana Smith
15. Document O Kaepernick sitting for National Anthem