Letter: A unifying concept

Recent news flash: “The ‘Kennesaw Five’ – cheerleaders who were banished from the football field at Kennesaw State during the playing of the national anthem after kneeling during the song in late September – will be back in front of fans starting Saturday.”

 

This entire issue of kneeling during the National Anthem was started by one player and has since escalated in a protest carried out out during the National Anthem at NFL games, and has filtered down to college, and yes, even high school and pee-wee football.

And while I would never want to severely curtail someone’s right to express their opinion, those who carry out this type of protest should be glad they do not not live in the People’s Republic of China; disrespecting that nation’s National Anthem can get you up to three years in prison.

It seems interesting that the upswing in these protests corresponds to President Trump’s election and his first year in office. These same issues existed during President Obama’s two terms, and there were no copycats cropping up all over the nation.

In my humble opinion, many of these individuals just want their 15 minutes of fame. And others have too much time on their hands.

They need to protest real issues, such as neighborhoods in Detroit, St Louis and Chicago that are kept in fear by gangs and drug dealers.

The National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance should be a unifying part of being a citizen, not a dividing issue. On Veterans Day (or any day), salute a veteran or military member — because there are those in the military who return home in a coffin draped in the flag which flies during the National Anthem.

George Joseph Weber

Augusta

 

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