On free speech — there is a matter of what is appropriate, of respect and of courtesy. I think of protesting during a game event like that of taking time out at the beginning of a shift of a manufacturing plant . When sports figures decide to protest at a game it is of their own personal reasons without regard to that of the image of the company who has hired them and is paying them to play.
Protesting during the National Anthem at a game is, in effect, protesting against everything the United States is about and the freedom people have here. It’s saying the National Anthem should not be respected until all the problems of race are resolved first, that everyone must be told by that protest and realize by it that all of us are not doing enough to resolve the injustices most especially upon minorities.
Ya know…these United States are already on the path of change as part of its values. Look around your communities to see what is being done other than just reading the news or watching it on television. There are bunches of people already working on social changes to the betterment of their members. And many more volunteer their time, provide financial help and are involved in a variety of efforts to help others.
On racist system of oppression — sure there are problems, but it’s not like nothing is being done to reduce and eliminate it. If the protests want to stop that they need to do it where there are clear acts of oppression. A game is hardly that place where there is a display of oppression that demands protest.
My views on this subject are not directly about other people. It is directly about those protesting. Stay on topic. Read here of the Koch brothers philanthropy efforts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koch_family_foundations. Read here of the philanthropy efforts of the Republican party: http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/almanac/statistics/ and here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/19/giving-back-_n_3781505.html . See also the list of billionaires and what they gave: https://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2017/01/10/the-18-biggest-charitable-donations-of-2016/#34f786d33abb and “Fourteen billionaires announced they have signed the Giving Pledge, formally joining the 154 other billionaires who have promised to give away at least half of their vast wealth to philanthropic causes.”: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/31/14-billionaires-signed-bill-gates-and-warren-buffetts-giving-pledge.html .