During the whole Colin Kaepernick sit down protest during the American National Anthem, to be honest, this writer sort of shrugged. It seemed that the convert to Islam was either after attention or doing the chump thing after falling for an astroturf meme.
The problem, of course, has only gotten worse in the last few weeks as the National Football League did nothing definitive to correct the little brat, I mean quarterback, and other chumps as described by Malcolm X are joining in with the “take a knee” for the National Anthem.
See, what is confusing about the whole protest the song idea is that the first verse – which is what we sing – is all about defending territory in a firefight. The British came back to reconquer. The Americans defended through the night of September 13-14, 1814, at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. It’s a victory song over invasion.
In the days and weeks since little Colin started the mess, multiple people who are known to the general public for one reason or another (celebrities) have chimed in with either support or condemnation of the entire effort. The most recent was actress Kate Upton who immediately earned many Americans’ respect when she took to her Instagram account and wrote these words.
In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful. After the song is over, I would encourage everyone to please use the podium they have, stand up for their beliefs, and make America a better place. The rebuilding of battery park and the freedom tower demonstrates that amazing things can be done in this country when we work together towards a common goal. It is a shame how quickly we have forgotten this as a society. Today we are more divided then ever before. I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary. The lessons of 911 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place #neverforget.
How did the NFL respond to Kaepernick and his fellow protesters? By defending their right to “free speech” while acting as agents for the league, and threatening to fine multiple players who remembered the most horrific terrorist attacks in American history with special cleats made for the fifteenth anniversary. (The New York and New Jersey’s police unions offered to pay the fine.)
Protesting, yes, is an American right. So is boycotting. The NFL’s response to Kaepernick and Company invokes the latter from the fans who are sick of seeing people paid millions of dollars to play a game protest the country that we love.