Lately, the question of when and where and how it is appropriate to protest social issues has come up in many sports, most notably (but not only) the NFL. I expect it is just a matter of time before this question must be addressed in the gymnastics world, so while this is a politically charged issue, we will be relaxing the no-politicking rules for the purposes of this thread. READ THIS BEFORE RESPONDING TO THIS THREAD: 1) All discussion will remain respectful to each other. Ad hominem will not be tolerated. Offending posts will be deleted and warnings will be issued. Repeat offenders will be tempbanned. 2) DO NOT tell somebody else what THEY believe. For example, "you hate black people" is not an acceptable thing to say to anybody unless they have actually stated that they hate black people, and "you hate America" is not an acceptable thing to say to anybody unless they have actually stated that they hate America. 3) What happens in this thread stays in this thread. If somebody says something in this thread that you find offensive, you may respond here, but you WILL NOT continue the dispute in other threads. 4) We (the staff) reserve the right to lock this thread, delete posts, and/or issue warnings/bans if things get out of hand. ALRIGHT, HAVING SAID ALL THAT, let's get down to business (to defeat the huns). Do you think it is acceptable for athletes to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem at meets? What about coaches? Judges? Parents in the stands? Is this something to be decided by individual athletes/coaches, by the head coach, by the owner of the gym, by the parents, by the meet director, or by somebody else? Does it make a difference if the person in question discusses it with the coach/meet director/owner/whoever beforehand? Do you personally plan to take a knee during the anthem at meets this season? I will put my own thoughts in a separate post.