The National Anthem Essay

1273 Words Sep 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
The playing of the National Anthem is over a century long tradition, that takes place prior to sporting events. In the United States, it is commonly expected of members in the audience to stand and remove their hats. Colin Kaepernick, second string quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, decided to break the tradition of standing during the singing of the national anthem during their first three preseason games, going unnoticed by media until the third. I will begin by explaining how Kaepernick is going against a national tradition that intends to support the United States. Then, I will show how Kaepernick’s protest is not changing the Black Lives Matter movement, and how it is causing more conflicts than it is resolving. I will also relate Kaepernick’s protest to Immanuel Kant’s public vs. private use of reasoning. After I illustrate the arguments against Kaepernick’s protest, I will address more specific reasons that cause some to believe Kaepernick’s protest is in fact justified. Through this process of explanation, I will show how Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem is not justified considering the outcome. During the first two preseason games for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick chose to sit during the national anthem, but this act went unnoticed because he was not dressed in uniform. In third preseason game, on August 26th 2016, Kaepernick was seen sitting on the bench during the playing of the national anthem (…

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