Chesapeake bishop calls on NFL to make players stand during anthem

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A Chesapeake bishop is calling on the NFL to institute a policy requiring players to stand when the national anthem is playing.

Bishop E.W. Jackson has created a petition in response to NFL players,  like San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who have been sitting or kneeling for the national anthem — a gesture that many perceive to be offensive and unpatriotic.

Kaepernick says his protest is not meant to offend, but to raise awareness of inequalities facing the black community in the United States, as well as tensions between police officers and minorities.

Jackson says the NFL should “respect the values of freedom-loving Americans who hate to see” the U.S. disrespected.

“Respecting the flag is the minimum expression of gratitude the NFL can offer the public for the great wealth and privilege the players and the league enjoy,” Jackson said in an email about the petition.

Click here to check out the petition.

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