Acts of civil disobedience are never popular. By definition it almost always involves making a much maligned stand. I remember the film Gandhi. For me the most harrowing scene was the one where the Indians walk calmly towards the salt works while enduring vicious beatings, yet continue silently and courageously on their way. It needs to be remembered that for all their formidable power and weaponry, the British Empire in the end, had proven no match for a quiet, peaceful man sporting neither helmet, weaponry nor armour, just a simple cloth robe. Incidentally he had grown to be loved and respected in Britain.
Who can forget Rosa Parks? When Rosa had refused to give up her seat on the bus, she had helped bring about more change, than would ever have been achieved by other means. Her humble, defiant gesture, is still remembered today.
My own view is that rather than decrying young men who have the courage to kneel, in the face of great opposition, we should probably all be kneeling and getting ourselves right with God.