By now you’ve surely heard the “disturbance” caused by Gabby Douglas at the Olympics and Colin Kaepernick at an NFL football game. Gabby Douglas, a member of the U.S. Olympics team this year who helped the team win 5 gold medals, was criticized when she did not hold her hand over her heart during the singing of the U.S. National Anthem. Was swimmer Michael Phelps criticized when he was laughing during the National Anthem during one of his gold medal ceremonies at THE VERY SAME OLYMPICS? Nope. What’s the difference? She’s black, he’s white. Simple as that.
More recently, Colin Kaepernick, a black quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers recently chose to sit down during a singing of the National Anthem as a protest over police violence against the black community. Was he a disturbance? Nope. He sat down and remained quiet. Although we don’t have a white player to compare to like we do with the Gabby Douglas event, I’m guessing there would be much less outcry over a white person sitting down.
What’s the law say? Can players sit down? Absolutely! It’s called the first amendment to the constitution. You have every right to sit down and not participate and people do so for various reasons. The same applies to the Pledge of Allegiance in schools. Every student has the right to sit down and if that right is taken away from you, I urge you to contact the Freedom From Religion Foundation. They will help you fix that problem very quickly.
I love it when people say we MUST stand to show respect for those who fought for our freedom as a country. Huh? Those people fought for our freedom. If we don’t have the freedom to sit and are forced to stand, then by definition freedom has been taken away. The people calling for the forcing of standing or recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance are not concerned about freedom. They are asking you to believe exactly what they believe. That’s totalitarianism. That’s religion.