It has been maintained by many of the National Anthem kneelers and many on the political left that the keeling during National Anthem has nothing to do with disrespecting our flag, our military, or our country. This was echoed by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt when he tweeted this:
if you still think it’s about disrespecting the flag or our military, you clearly haven’t been listening.
Was he right about that? Let’s look at what Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien had to say about this issue:
The players have a right to protest, a right to be heard and a right to be who they are. They’re not taking a knee because they’re against our flag. They’re taking a knee because they haven’t been treated equally in this country for over 400 years.
To me the entire kneeling during the National Anthem is all about disrespecting our flag and everything associated with it. Why else would they take this action specifically during the National Anthem?
There is no greater expert on this whole kneeling issue than Colin Kaepernick. Here is his justification for kneeling:
I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder
I believe that whole quote is dripping with disrespect for our flag, country, and everything else. The United States does not have a perfect record when it comes to its treatment of people of color, far from it when you examine slavery, segregation, and racism. However this country has made enormous strides and is no longer a racist nation. Protesting racism specifically during the National Anthem is very disrespectful to the flag, our military, and those that gave their life for our country. It is so disrespectful it pisses me off a great deal. I know I’m far from alone. Based on social media and the drop in NFL viewer ship a very large segment of the country agrees with me.
Every single individual has a right to protest as they wish as long as long as they do it peacefully. That most definitely includes kneeling during the National Anthem. Because freedom of speech and freedom of expression are two way streets it is perfectly fine to criticize those who kneel. Some individuals do not understand this.
It is the timing of the protesting that pisses people off. Since the kneelers claim that their kneeling has nothing to do with disrespecting the flag why don’t we make them prove it?
I have just a proposal to end the anthem kneeling situation and make the kneelers prove it has nothing to do with disrespecting the flag. The NFL, NASCAR, and all other sports associations should specifically set aside time for any athlete to protest racism and racial injustice in any manner they see fit. The stadium announcers and TV broadcasters should announce the time to protest and the reason behind the protesting. They should make a big deal about it. The kneelers will find that they have far more support for their protesting and their cause if the stand during the anthem and protest during that allotted time.