If you want to make a social statement by kneeling (or sitting) during the presentation of the colors* and the National Anthem, fine. I’d argue that it’s your right under the Constitution to do so. If you want to get bent out of shape and tweet, post on Facebook, or speak out against it, guess what? Go for it, that’s fine under the Constitution too. And not to recall the old Breck shampoo commercial, but…”and so on, and so on…”
Do I think it’s a bit disrespectful for what the flag means to people? Sure. But in this country, you can be as long as it’s not violent or criminal in some other way.
I know that those doing such acts and supporting such acts believe that it does something to advance the cause but I don’t think it does. I think that we may talk about the act, but I think few are actually talking about the underlying cause and really diving into the core of the issues. I think this happens frequently when athletes and actors speak out on a cause regardless of what it is. It is rare that you see them actually doing something about a cause. Yes, a number have testified before Congress and some actually use their money and time to invest and promote organizations that help address poverty, world hunger, etc. But by and large, these public displays, to me, ring more of “look at me, I support…whatever”
In the specific case of the NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem over the racial divisions in our country, one has to ask, what was done over the last 8 years that we’ve reached this point? Is it wrong to have expected the country’s first black President to have advanced programs and efforts trying to address the racial divisions? If not, did he not care about that issue?
So for all those who are getting bent out of shape over people attacking these “protests” – I’d challenge you to first, show me concretely how this advances the cause they’re promoting, second, address why we’ve gotten here, and third, criticize evenly or at least label yourself as suffering from partisan bias. Because, I would guess, you weren’t big fans of Tim Tebow demonstrating his beliefs on the sideline.
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