I say one thing:
No employer, outside of owners of sports teams, demands the national anthem be played before they begin work. Outside of my Navy days I have never had the national anthem played before I plunged into my “Today” pile.
Articles like this one from Redstate.com about the [perceived] death of the #TakeAKnee movement make me angry. It starts with the press promoting the idea that this is about the flag and respect, and the anthem and respect, and standing and respect. And the Redstaters eat it up and the Bluestaters shrug and move on to the next civil rights violation. When it has nothing to do with respect of the flag, but respect of a people. That’s why media won’t touch it. It’s a civil rights issue.
About respect. I always thought kneeling was respectful. What if the players decided to turn their back to the flag, would that have been fine, or an even worse offense? Would people have made the same judgement: it’s about the flag? The news media is largely at fault for their part in misleading from the true meaning of the TakeAKnee protest to a false one about the anthem, standing, sitting.
And the NFL is going to back down from the Almighty Naked Emperor, and demand players stand. I’m ashamed of the corporation that stands down at the threat of “bad ratings” about an issue that is not the issue. These owners of the players. Players I might point out are generally Black. Black men being owned by rich white men none of them ever sees up there in the Big House.
The players are free men and they are free to protest. And where better to be seen by millions of people. The devastation Kaepernick must feel. The anger and frustration. I feel it, so I imagine he does too, especially with the law suit.
No where in the constitution is there anything about standing for the anthem. There are no rules, outside of the military rules of a salute, and if a civilian to remove hats, stand, etc. It’s a military thing and was started as a patriotic whim in 1918 during WWI, which turned into publicity for baseball. And we all know how that works. It has no real basis to be played before a sporting event. Personally I think it’s silly. Must I prove my loyalty only at sporting events by standing when the anthem is played? What about the other events I attend: concerts, movies, camping, family reunions.
Any redneck, backwoods knuckle dragger wants to wave the Nazi flag and hang the Confederate flag in a prominent place in his house, like, say, the front room picture window, is free to do so. No one bats an eye. After 200 years, no one seems to notice. And yet it offends intelligent people everywhere. You cannot honor each flag in equal, would that not indicate a lack of loyalty to another? Obviously these people are not loyal Americans. Some rednecks are proud war vets you say?
There are many Black veterans as well. And after they fought for YOUR freedom, and helped free Jews from prison camps, they came back to segregated water fountains, buses, neighborhoods, unemployment, poor education, etc. Black men who fought and were injured, and I’m betting not paid but 1/3 the pay of any White soldier. There’s some research to be done here. Odd that the Black war vets do not hang Confederate or Nazi flags in their homes. They hang American flags.