I didn’t like it when Colin Kaepernick started the “don’t stand for the national anthem” protest movement back in August. And since then, more and more athletes have begun kneeling or locking arms or raising fists during the anthem.
I don’t particularly like these demonstrations. I find them disrespectful and a bit offensive. But they’re perfectly legal and I must defend the participants’ right to free speech.
Then I saw this on this evening’s news. The singer is Denasia Lawrence and the shirt she reveals after she takes the floor says “Black lives matter.” (See notes on YouTube):
And while looking for that video, I came across this one from several weeks ago:
These people are really pushing my buttons. I understand the reasons for such protests and demonstrations, but honestly, is nothing sacred anymore? Can’t they at least respect the flag and national anthem of the country that permits their protests, that recognizes and protects their freedom of speech?
If you can’t stand proudly when you’ve been selected to sing the national anthem at a large public gathering, then don’t do it at all! Take a pass. Be honest enough to say you can’t and won’t sing the anthem for a country you don’t respect.
I don’t know what they hope to accomplish, but it’s clear they don’t understand people like me. They are rapidly losing, not gaining, my support and respect when they disrespect my flag and national anthem.
Yes, I’m an old fart, with old-fashioned ideas about respect, manners, patriotism, etc. I get that.
But I still have a voice and a vote. Do they get that?