Army Veteran Slams NFL Players For Kneeling During National Anthem

NFL stars kneel during anthem again despite Trump demands

"It's not about the flag, it's about the First Amendment", they argue, ignorantly or disingenuously. Really? What is the relationship between our flag and the police behavior?

But with Trump's newest media feud, #takeaknee has become more than just a movement about police brutality. "Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice (s) for violations of the above, including first offenses". We stand for the principles that our country was founded on and for the soldiers who have died protecting our freedom.

A principal at Parkway High School in Bossier City, Louisiana, has threated loss of playing time and removal from the team for athletes choosing not to stand for the anthem. "There is no greater unifier in this country than sports and, unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics", he said. We always have room for improvement.

To readers from Mars, "taking a knee" is a quarterback's tactic of running out the clock in a game he's winning, to seal the victory. The lack of perfection does not mean that our country does not deserve respect. This is progress that is very real and very impressive.

Thankfully, after a three-day flight delay and having consumed far more bratwurst and cheese than I should have, we returned to our home in Citrus Hills unaffected by Irma. Why should we define our country by its lowest denominator when there are many bright spots illuminating it?

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All of my life I have been thankful to my parents for the fact that I was born in the United States. Like the adage says: "Rather than cursing the darkness, light a candle". Something my Communication Theories instructor, Fred Lamer, taught me years ago has proven itself to be true time and time again: The medium is the message. When they felt like the President was telling them what to do with regards to their Players taking the knee, it did not go down well with them. If they insult my country, my flag and my national anthem then I have to exercise my right and not attend any NFL game and not watch any of their games. We are the silent majority.

The NFL, a league that comprises almost seventy percent black players is taking a knee against the oppression that has weighed on the backs of every person of color since the United States was founded. As bad as it seems, some individuals have found a silver lining and are capitalizing on it for their selfish interests, and for such an issue of national interest to be taken advantage of by a few individuals is not right and should be rebuked in harshest possible terms by all Americans of good will.

That's the hashtag being used on the Twitter social media platform to express support for National Football League players refusing to stand for the national anthem. One man's actions have led to a national conversation about perhaps the United States' most essential issue, and that, more than anything else since the start of this year, gives me hope for the future.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, as promised, stood on the sideline during the national anthem after watching from the tunnel last week in Chicago. Democrats and Republicans, black and white, poor and rich, urban or rural.

Before the Baltimore Ravens took the field against Pittsburgh Steelers, the public-address announcer asked the crowd to join the Ravens organization "to pray that we as a nation embrace kindness, unity, equality, and justice for all Americans", CNN affiliate WJZ reported. Last week we stood for the flag.

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