The Pride And Honor : The Red, White And Blue Flag Waves

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As the red, white and blue flag waves in the breeze and the prominent two-and-a-half-minute song is sung, what runs through your mind? For many people its pride and honor. It’s the thought of many families who lost loved ones fighting for freedom. The same freedom that allowed us to be on that big field or stadium on which we’re listening to the song. Next time you are in a stadium, look around and take notice of who sits and who stands during the national anthem. Imagine to see one of the highly influential professional athletes are sitting throughout the song? On August twenty sixth, NFL player Colin Kapernick knelt during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice. The protest began to touch patriots even more when more professional athletes like U.S women’s soccer star, Megan Rapinoe, joined the protest for Gay rights. Even college students began to join Kapernicks’ protest. Although making a compelling argument, protestors like Kapernick fail to recognize a key point. The words of the Star-Spangled Banner, represent people lives. When you sit for those two and a half minutes, you disrespect not only the nation and flag that allowed you to be where you are today but peoples’ lives as well.
Any professional athlete is a major public figure around the world, especially in a society like America, who absolutely idolizes sports. Any football player on a National Football League team seems to be automatically idolized by fellow Americans, not just fans of the game.

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