HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — Protesters on Monday gathered on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and surrounded President Donald Trump’s star in protest, taking a knee in honor of the NFL players at the heart of the controversy sparked last week by the president’s comments.
Those who participated in the small rally chanted, while some beat drums to display their disapproval of the president. The protesters say their demonstration supports civil rights and that NFL players who sit or take a knee during the national anthem are exercising their first amendment rights. They particularly don’t agree with President Trump using profanity to join the debate.
The battle over standing during the national anthem was started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who wanted to draw attention to how minorities are treated by police.
“For those that did it from the beginning, thank you. Maybe this will make a difference. We’re in a crazy climate in the country right now,” football fan Terrell Online said.
The president has continued to talk and tweet about the protests since he stepped into the debate on Friday saying: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when someone disrespects our flag, get that son of a bitch off the field right now?” referring to players taking a knee or not standing during the national anthem.
NFL players are unionized and they work under a collective bargaining agreement. So getting rid of them isn’t so easy.
“If you’re just protesting peacefully and quietly, then you should be able to do it. It’s your right,” football fan Rafe Ibrahamin said.
Here in California the labor code protects the average worker as well. The law says an employer cannot come up with rules that forbids political activity, as long as it’s lawful.
But not everyone agrees.
“I think they should be disciplined. I mean if I don’t do the expectations that are expected of me by my employer, I am disciplined,” football fan Andrew Perman said.
“I find it very disheartening because we live in a great country. And if you feel the need to protest you need to find a way to do it that doesn’t insult the people who made the country what it is,” football fan Tammi Perman said.
However most protesters in Hollywood say what the president said on Friday showed that he is disrespecting the civil rights movement.