What a jerk, people say. If he doesn’t like it here, he should leave, they say.
Well, my friends, that same flag you’re protecting—and the Constitution it represents—gives him the right to show his displeasure. Just as it gives you the right to protest his behavior.
I’m not saying I agree with his decision. In fact, I was sad to see it. I’ve always stood for The Star Spangled Banner, even though there are many things going on in this country that break the heart my hand is covering. Still, if I would choose to sit in quiet protest, I have a right to do that.
I wrote a really snarky response to the above quote, and now I’ve calmed down. I’ve preached here about the need to allow people to say and do things — even if there are hordes or folks who disagree. We’re not a country that forces people to stand for the Anthem.
Because lots of folks would find a multicolored flag — even a rainbow banner, salute it and force others to honor it. Disrespect my flag, says the fascist, and I’ll label you a bigot, or homophobe. That’s not the country I honor when I stand for our Anthem. I honor the America where we can choose.
This Sunday, Kaepernick will probably sit out the National Anthem. That’s his right. I’ll be rooting for the defense. That’s my right.
Call it a protest.
Please forgive me, Mr. Kaepernick, but I find it hard to understand how a group of people who are allowed to openly protest, disrupt with near impunity, obtain special status in nearly every institution, have the freedom to speak whenever and wherever, and are allowed to openly dinigrate other groups as a whole can rightfully claim to be oppressed by their government and/or police forces who protect their said rights.
I guess spending some time in Africa gave me a different perspective.