The Protesting Football Players are Not Disrespecting the Military

October 13, 2017
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The silent protest that was begun last season by former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick, in which Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem before football games, exemplifies what freedom of speech and freedom of expression mean in our country.

Kaepernick, and his fellow players who have joined him this year, have been very clear from the outset that their sole motive behind their protest is to express their view that racism is alive and well in America at all levels of our society and that this problem needs to be addressed immediately.

Although no one can doubt the truth of that assertion, we realize there are many who believe that a football game is not the place for political protests and who are upset that the players are kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem.

That’s their opinion and they, like Kapaernick, are entitled to express what they believe.

However, those (such as President Trump) who are attempting to discredit the protesters by asserting that the protesters are disrespecting those who have served in the military are off-base for two reasons.

First and foremost, the protesters never have made any negative statement about anybody in the military or that their protest is aimed at the military. Rather, it is clear that Trump and others are making this claim solely to discredit the protesters as a means of ignoring the serious issue of racism that the protest is all about.

Second however, the playing of the National Anthem before a game never has had anything to do with honoring the military. Rather, the tradition of playing the Anthem prior to the start of  a sporting event has been to show our unity as a nation — every single American — and not limited only to past and present members of the military.

The Anthem before a game makes us realize that although we may be cheering for rival teams on the playing field, at the end of the day, we still are one people, one nation.

Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the National Anthem — which has resulted in his career being ended (at least for now) — truly was an act of courage and stands as a shining example to all Americans, especially our young people, of their right to protest peacefully in our country.

  • Gordon501

    Claiming that this is not disrespectful to our flag, National Anthem and military is an absurd statement. Kaepernick himself has said in multiple interviews that he won’t respect our nation’s flag which is disrespectful to everyone in the country and those who have died fighting for our rights and freedoms. I’ll bet that none of the players participating in these acts of hate have ever been handed a folded flag that was on the casket of a family member who died for our country. Only in the world of mindless simplistic PC nonsense are their actions not disrespectful.

  • El Glutamine

    1. If any one is being PC it’s you.
    2. Rather than political “correctness” there is a context that is flying over your head; a civil rights movement.
    3. We don’t have to crucify the military or veterans in order to censor a civil protest. That is fascists. Respect to veterans is listening to their grievances, supporting them after war and preventing needless wars in the first place. War has become a profitable business model for contractors and weapons manufacturers; at the cost of our security and human life.
    4. This is not North Korea.

  • Gordon501

    No prior civil rights movement ever shown this kind of disrespect to our veterans, our flag or National Anthem. They wouldn’t have received much public support if they had. Claiming that they mean no disrespect is false; many of the protesters including Kaepernick have said they intended to show disrespect for the flag and our country. The fact that NFL attendance and viewership has fallen so much as a result of the protests clearly shows that I’m not the only one who feels this way. The NFL is quickly approaching the point where they may no longer have the income to support the high salaries these pampered snowflakes are paid. I’ll bet that none of the players participating in these acts of hate have ever been handed a folded flag that was on the casket of a family member who died for our country. Only in the world of mindless childish PC nonsense are their actions not disrespectful.

  • El Glutamine

    Seems like you repeated yourself. But thanks for replying.


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