Much has been made of Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the playing of the national anthem. And yet, we forget that every school days thousands of public school students refuse to stand during the playing of the star spangled banner and/or the recitation of the pledge of allegiance. A few refuse out of principle, most out of apathy. In the second half of the twentieth century, showing disrespect for the flag became just another form of protest. It is not. Showing disrespect for the flag is not an attack on the actions of the American government but on the fundamental concepts of democracy and liberty that form the foundation of this nation. Colin Kaepernick may only be one man, but his public action will only serve to inspire thousands of young people to do the same. He, and other like him who show disdain for the flag and it’s anthem, have take chisels to the foundation of America.
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