I’ve made it abundantly clear in the past I’d be happy if anthems before sporting events followed smoking on airplanes onto the trash heap of history. That being said, I’m perfectly fine with Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for the anthem to make a statement on a topic he feels strongly about, namely the state of race relations in the US.
I’m hearing the usual crap about a lack of respect towards veterans blah blah blah. Wrong. An anthem is a tool to celebrate everything that makes us proud about our country, including the sacrifices of those who defend it, not just a recruiting jingle for the army and navy.
Colin Kaepernick obviously feels his country is failing to uphold values it purports to hold dear, and if standing for an anthem is an act of respect, then that respect hasn’t been earned. While it may not be on the level of John Carlos and Tommie Smith donning leather gloves and giving the black power solute at the ’68 Olympics, and certainly not on the scale of Muhammad Ali being prepared to go to prison rather than be sent to Vietnam, it is in the tradition of an athlete using his station to make a statement.
You want to debate something? Talk about what it is that made Kaepernick sit down. Not about whether or not you feel insulted that he did.