- Written by Nate Brown
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If you are not familiar with the N.F.L. (National Football League) I am sure you are familiar with its players’ protests, kneeling during the National Anthem. This completely legal and un-violent protest has been getting a ton of attention. Spectators are calling it “disrespectful”, “cowardly”, and “ignorant”. The President of the United States demanded by tweeting, “Any NFL player who kneels during the National Anthem should be fired.” Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys head coach, respected Trump’s statement and replied with saying “Any of my players who kneel will be fired instantly.” Ironic enough the Cowboys took a knee.
Monday night’s football game between the Cowboys and the Cardinals was a prime example of the league’s protests during the National Anthem. Before the National Anthem the Cowboys ,as a UNIFIED team, lined up in the middle of the field and took a knee. Jerry Jones said “any player who took a knee during the Anthem would be fired.” This is why Jerry and his team kneeled before the Anthem. This action resulted in a outraged roar from the Arizona crowd. Jerry’s reason for kneeling before the Anthem was out of respect for the players in the N.F.L. When Trump tweeted it upset the league because he talked about the league as a whole protesting when only a number of players took a knee. Jerry respected Trump’s wishes though, as he and his team stood for the National Anthem.
Many people who are trashing the N.F.L are making false accusations, due to either false assumptions, or going off of Trump’s tweets. Monday night Trump tweeted “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our country, flag and national anthem.” I don’t know if Trump is oblivious about this or just wants to stir up drama with the N.F.L but the protests have everything to do with race. For one, the vast majority of the players kneeling are African Americans. Secondly, the players have given their reasons for kneeling. The Seattle Seahawks gave this reason for kneeling: “We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms.” This statement states they are not kneeling to disrespect the veterans of this country, but are kneeling to oppose those that take away their basic freedoms. They even stated “out of love for our country” disproving Trump’s tweet.
Why are non-veterans going crazy over the protest when some veterans are taking a knee and supporting the N.F.L. players? John Middlemas, a 97 year old World War II veteran from Missouri, knelt alongside players. He stated “Those kids have every right to protest.” Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret, stood beside Kaepernick and encouraged him to kneel rather than sit. Rory Fanning, an ex-Army ranger who served in Afghanistan made a very bold statement. He claimed “Kaepernick is choosing not to lie to himself, the world, or all the people who fought and died to ensure we lived in a free country, by claiming this is the land of the free when it is not,” “This is the opposite of an insult to those who died thinking they were fighting for liberty.” May I remind you that came from a veteran.
The concrete facts and details are out there. Instead of making assumptions from what you heard from ‘this’ or ‘that’, look at multiple sources and find out the truth. Yes, I know that can be hard in today’s society considering you have to second guess what the President of the United States is tweeting. There is a huge spotlight on sports and politics joining together, but if you look back in history, sports and politics have always been a thing. Looking at Jackie Robinson and the Olympics. Taking a look at John Carlos and Tommie Smith holding up the “Black Power” salute. Muhammad Ali along with 25 other men also had a great uprise refusing the draft resulting in prison time. Equality has always been an issue, it’s just in today’s age people are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in, and people are tired of being pushed around.
- Written by Kolby Pemberton
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- Written by Hayden Voelker
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As everyone knows there is a new “rewards program” set up by the student council; there have been questions raised about what this new “program” consists of.
Basically, if you have no unexcused absences/ tardies, no failing grades, and no major office referrals then you get to attend a rewards day.
The first rewards day is October 19th. The student council sent out a Google forms to ask what the first rewards day should consist of; the students decided on a movie day. Another Google form will be sent out to see what movie would be shown. So, if you would like to decide what movie will be shown, make sure to vote.
Other reward days will be throughout the year every quarter. Then at the end of the year, there will be a larger rewards day that will be for anyone that achieved the requirements every quarter. At this rewards day, there will be prizes that will be given away, as well as something to do (that hasn't been decided on.) So if you are tardy or go to the office, oh well.
- Written by Jake McBride
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Right now is a bad time to have coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. This is because Stephen King’s scary novel, IT, has a new film adaptation, and it’s packed with moments that make you want to turn away from the screen, shut your eyes, and tell yourself “It’s just a movie. It’s just a movie,” all while trying to get the image of the murderous clown out of your head. Don’t worry, this review will be spoiler free.
The type of fear that IT, the murderous clown, uses is like being afraid of the dark. There is really nothing in the dark that can harm us, but since we keep thinking that something is waiting to jump out at us, we start to believe that the dark is not a safe place. Therefore, we always feel frightened when we enter the dark, unknowing what is inside of it. IT brings a person’s fears to life. As long as a person believes what they are seeing is real, IT is able to cause fear in his victims. But why does IT scare people? Why does IT terrorize people? IT feeds off of fear. The more afraid you are, the more food you will provide for his next meal.
The movie causes a viewer’s terror to build up over time. As you watch a kid in his yellow raincoat running along with his paper boat floating in the water you become more and more unsettled as the scene goes on, because you know from just watching the trailer that the child is about to meet IT. As you see the boat fall down into the drain and see that white painted face come out and say hello, you know that something terrible is about to happen. When the light flickers on and off and BOOM, there’s IT standing right there with hundreds of sharp teeth smiling at you, you panic and try to prepare yourself for the rest of the movie.
In conclusion, the movie is phenomenal and one of the best movies to come out this year. It does contain a lot of vulgar words and some adult themes, but the story is very well crafted and easy to follow. The movie makes us think about what we feared as children and what we still fear to this day, and IT makes us hate clowns even more than before.