I Defend Those Who Do Not Stand For the National Anthem

I Defend Those Who Do Not Stand For the National Anthem

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SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 1: Eric Reid #35 and Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel on the sideline during the anthem.  (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) 

Do you have an opinion on footballer Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner as a way to protest police violence?   I do and it probably isn’t too popular.  I have no problem with him not standing as a way to bring awareness to police violence against the African-American community.  I think that it is a great non-violent way to get people talking about the subject.  I also think all Americans should support his protest.

Why?  Because the right to protest is basic to American principles!  Our country was founded on protest.  We protested the tea tax which directly led to the Revolutionary War and our independence.  We protested in order to bring about change for women’s suffrage. We protested in the 1960’s to give minorities the same rights as whites.

I have read many comments on Facebook claiming Kaepernick is anti-American and anti-military, but isn’t protesting one of the strongest signs of being American?  And it is for this reason that I believe we should all be supporting him and acknowledge the cause he supports and not just the actions of the protest.

Just my two cents…

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39 thoughts on “I Defend Those Who Do Not Stand For the National Anthem

  1. This tool can do what he wants on his own time. When he is on the employer’s dime, he should toe the line. Besides he is accomplishing nothing. In fact his protest is equivalent to being sacked. It hurts the cause.

    1. There is no company rule that requires him to tow the line. And I would argue exactly the opposite about his accomplishment. You and I are discussing it right now. You are actually demonstrating my point for me. He is bringing more awareness to a cause. Now you might now agree with him or his position, but he has a right to do it. Plain and simple.

      1. But talking and sitting accomplishes absolutely nothing. How about if if the Kap spent some time volunteering in a inner city grammar school to help build math and English competency. Then you would be accomplishing something, Small but significant.

      2. How do you know what this man does with his off time? I know he volunteers in the off-season and wouldn’t be surprised at all if he’s involved with inner-city kids programs. I know you are entitled to your opinion and I appreciate spirited debate, but you seem to be presumptive about his free time. The fact is you don’t know what this man does with his free time. And the national media numbers refute what you are saying. Most media outlets are still reporting on this guy AND your blog has 2 posts about him on your homepage. AND we are still talking about his stance against police violence right now which is what his silent protest is all about.

      3. Thanks. Hopefully his exaggerations, wild generalizations, lack of critical thinking and juvenile behavior like wearing Cop/Pig socks won’t wear off on the kids.

    2. I disagree, I believe Colin Kaepernick’s protest during the national anthem is helping bring attention to black’s being oppressed in the US and that his actions are making a difference. For example, rapper J. Cole performed in front of thousands of fans while wearing a Kaepernick jersey. Kaepernick has also gained tons of support with his protest, his jersey is now the highest selling jersey in the NFL ever since his national anthem protest. Some may say that it’s not the time nor the place for him to take up these actions, and that the fashion in which he is voicing his opinion is inappropriate, however he is exercising his freedom of speech and that is something that makes this country so great. Whether or not you are a fan of his protest he has a right to do it and he may do it however he chooses.

      1. Since the NFL doesn’t have a rule, he has the right to do what he is doing. I missed the part in your response where he is solving the “oppression” problem.

      2. I agree. More people are turning toward his message and away from his actions. Many of my white friends live in a world where they don’t interact much with non-whites. Therefore they don’t understand how prevalent racism still is in the US. They have been hyper-focused on disrespect for the anthem instead of acknowledging the issue of police harassment and abuse of minorities.

  2. Another great topic for conversation, Danny. I missed the incident. I don’t have time for newscasts from the controlled media, so I am once again thankful for our amazing Blogging Community. Reading the preview on my email notification, I thought, “Well, I’m glad he didn’t burn the American flag.” I think there are better ways to protest our government. Start with rejecting the 2-Party system for instance rather than settling for the least of 2 evils (which is nonetheless evil) – sorry; another subject altogether. Anyway, I read the post and then Googled the facts. My bad, I didn’t pay attention to the dates of the incident or the articles. However, the men seemed to remain still and while not standing, they seemed respectful of the observance. I understand Tom’s concern in the thread, but being American, showing respect for our history and what we stand for as a nation must be more than a ritual alone. I defend American’s rights to act upon their conscience, especially when done respectfully in good conscience. That’s my slant.

    1. I agree with you Roo. If he were causing a ruckus or being disrespectful then I would take issue, but the man quietly knelt down. And people are losing their minds! lol

  3. People need to chill the bleep out about this. It’s a free country. I would be interested to see if any of the haters do things to improve lives in their communities. I volunteer because I like helping people. Don’t bitch about something and do nothing.

  4. I’m not American but I admire people like Colin Kaepernick for taking a stand against something he believes is unjust. This simple act has provoked a nationwide debate and at least people are having a conversation about it, and that’s great because that’s what a democratic country is all about. More importantly, this also demonstrates the sort of freedoms people in America enjoy. There many other countries all around the world that don’t allow any kind of protest, peaceful or otherwise. I hope Americans realize how fortunate they are to live in such a free country.

  5. You got some really good points there. After all he was not respect-less. He just wanted to make a point and he did. I recently watched a blond news presenter (or was she some kind of gossip show presenter… don’t remember, was a clip on FB) giving him hell for not standing there. Frankly, it was a hate tirade ending with “if you don’t like this country then leave…”. It has nothing to do with not liking the country. It’s about not liking where it’s all going. And people like him should stand up for what’s right. They should make a statement. I think it’s great that he did. Hey, after all it’s a very peaceful statement (especially compared to the girl with her hate speech…).

  6. I am glad he has the courage to do this. With his sport and popularity he has a lot to loose and yet he chose to still do something. In a peaceful way. I am from Nigeria and believe me it won’t have been the same conversation if it were here. People need to be more supportive and less judgement all especially for a good cause. The anthem and the flag were not abused in his protest and he didn’t violate his contract with his employers. In fact he still played the game. So let’s not loose perspective and forget what its actually about.
    Thanks Dray for this.

    1. AW, great points and thank you for providing your perspective. Protest to bring social change is always a good thing. Unless you are the group committing the social injustices!

  7. While I don’t agree with his choice or his method of protest, I do feel proud that I live in a country where he can protest in his own way without being thrown in jail or losing his job. I’m not sure if the NFL has an explicit rule that you must stand for the anthem. If they do, and he’s not following it, then his job might be at risk.

    1. Where do you live? I am hoping to get the perspective of someone who’s country doesn’t allow protest. but then again that might deter them from saying anything about it online as well. lol

  8. Exactly. His protest is as non violent as it gets and he’s bringing attention to a critical subject.

    1. The protest makes people feel uncomfortable and it should. It’s time the U.S. comes to terms with how different non-whites are treated. It is not okay.

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