Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem: Should It Is Disrespectful?

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Before any sports event it is common that there will be a specific song played to honor America and those brave people who have fought for the freedom we have today. For this song it is also common for people to stand, take off their hats, and maybe even put their hand on their heart out of respect for the men and women who have served our country over the years. Those men and women have fought for our freedom and it is our way as citizens of a free country, to show respect and give thanks by these simple gestures while the National Anthem is being played. This has never been a topic of debate until recent outbreaks of discord throughout America due to racial inequality. Race is one of the most contentious topics in today’s society, and the …show more content…
The thing many Americans have begun to wonder is if this refusal to stand for the National Anthem is considered disrespectful. Some people think that this move by Colin Kaepernick should not be considered a peaceful protest as it is disrespectful to our country as a whole and the principles it was founded on. Although, on the contrary, many believe that he has brought a great deal of attention to the subject. Colin Kaepernick does have the freedom to kneel during the National Anthem but Colin has many other ways protest his beliefs. In an interview with Colin after the first game he protested at he said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.” The American flag has little to do with the way whites treat blacks. The American flag means more than just the way we act towards one another, it does, but there is more to it than just that. Colin Kaepernick has a compelling reason to protest but what he wants to say can be said to the public instead of disrespecting our flag which represents more than what he is protesting. Those two minutes or specifically meant to honor country and the people who have fought for it. The attention that Colin has brought is tremendous and can be seen as heroic or

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