There is always a right way to do something, sometimes more than one right way, but equally there are wrong ways as well.
Insulting and scorning our country, and its flag and its national anthem, to protest the perceived wrongs or injustices within specific communities is wrong in so many ways.
And even worse to insult and disparage our country just to join in, fit in, to be in the spotlight, to get attention.
Mr. Kaepernick, I feel sure, had an agenda when he began his “show,” and I doubt that it was primarily as stated. Had it been, one would think he’d have made a larger statement by resigning from the team, forfeiting his very large salary, and going out into the community to work for better conditions.
Those who followed him were simply supporting their friend, not making statements.
It tires me when I hear that nothing can or should be done to stop this despicable behavior because it’s their right, their freedom of speech – rights and freedoms granted by the greatest nation in the world, which they choose to spit on. Employees always have restrictions imposed by their employer, which may at times interfere with some of their freedoms, but when it’s a condition of employment, it’s obeyed.
Athletes, whether professional or in school, should be required to follow the guidelines and restrictions of their team owners or schools – guidelines which, one would hope, would include respectful behavior. When they wear the uniform that represents that owner, that team, that city, that school, they should show respect for the greatest country in the world, which our ancestors fought and died for, as do many yet today.
Anyone unable to do so should remove that uniform. As a parent, I cannot imagine a son or daughter being allowed to behave in that manner, at least not more than once.
This past weekend’s demonstrations of unity were ridiculous; coming out with arms linked did nothing more than keep them all upright. They did not put their hands over their hearts, as we have always been taught to do, so they still showed scorn.
Those who hid in the dressing rooms, or worse yet, knelt, should have been removed from the field.
The image of “taking a knee” for our national anthem and flag is repugnant to me, and I would believe to every American who isn’t trying to fit in, get attention, etc.
North Augusta, S.C.