Since Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, began sitting for the national anthem during the National Football League’s preseason, national anthem protests have surged into the national spotlight.
The writer of the article should have also mentioned this:
which means that most people have a legal comeback against any punishment imposed.
Update, Colin Kaepernick has said he has received death threats for not standing during the playing of the national anthem, and has been voted the most hated player by the other players in the NFL. The part of the anthem where it goes, "home of the brave". That is a reference to Collin. Colin Kaepernick a brave, courageous man. Love Ya Collin!
"Whether or not Kaepernick planned it this way, he has kicked off a phenomenal episode of civil resistance against racism and police violence...."
Now we hear about Joakim Noah of the NY Knicks basketball team boycotting a dinner planned with West Point Cadets as an anti war protest. Bingo!--no we are getting to the heart of the matter!
Success on this issue will be achieved when the national anthem is no longer played at professional sports events and John Prine's "Your flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Any More" is played.
Great choice, I like it!
"when people are expected to stand and face the flag in a sign of respect"
In this land of the free, "freedom" is generally taken to mean that one should do what is expected.
See this which has the Star Spangled stanza celebrating the death of escaped slaves: Colin Kaepernick Is Righter Than You Know: The National Anthem Is a Celebration of Slavery at theintercept.com/2016/08/28/colin-kaepernick-is-righter-than-you-know-the-national-anthem-is-a-celebration-of-slavery/ 8/28/2016 The Intercept: Almost no one seems to be aware that even if the U.S. were a perfect country today, it would be bizarre to expect African-American players to stand for The Star-Spangled Banner. Why? Because it literally celebrates the murder of African-Americans.