Colin Kaepernick’s type of protest is not used by others to represent many worthy grievances in our society because our flag, our national anthem, our government and our freedoms represent what’s great about this country.
You don’t see athletes sitting during the national anthem because people are losing their jobs to global competition or influxes of illegal immigrants. If they did protest the flag in this way, they would be labeled as haters of other countries and not the brave souls sitting for displaced American families. Why is it that certain grievances are okay to protest in this fashion while others are not?
No one wants to deny Colin or others the right to dishonor our country, but they are protesting the very institutions that afford them the right to create their desired change. Maybe because we live in such a media dominated society that any type of exposure for their cause makes their actions justifiable, but logically, disrespecting the flag and the anthem is like Colin refusing to play NFL football because the NFL doesn’t allow female athletes. The NFL has a way to remedy this, if it needs remedying, and the United States has ways to remedy its injustices. Our flag represents a free people’s government where our government has its power from the consent of the governed.
It’s because of this flag, and not in spite of it, can Kaepernick and others see change. The flag represents the ideal that this country is free to change how we our governed to ensure personal freedom and justice for all. The flag deserves their respect.
Our country isn’t perfect and never has been, but it’s the greatest country in the world because we can correct inequities within our system so that the rights we enjoy from our Creator are available for every citizen. Stand up for your causes without protesting the greatest promises of America.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – from the U.S. Declaration of Independence
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. – Preamble to the U.S. Constitution