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The meaning of the National Anthem

The meaning of the National Anthem”

The players say they are "taking a knee" to protest police brutality inordinately targeted toward African Americans. Full teams, along with some team owners, linked arms either before or during the anthem. But Amanda says she never served for the flag, but rather the inalienable rights that the United States was built on. "Players will stand for Country!" Clearly his intent and cause has been eclipsed by his questionable symbolic gesture. So where is Kaepernick today?

As an alternative to protesting football players, President Trump praised the car-racing organization NASCAR, pointing to some team owner's statements that they would fire drivers if they wouldn't stand up for the anthem. What was initially a "silent protest of racial inequality" has morphed into an anti-Trump demonstration. Even within a team there are a variety of ideas. You're disrespecting the people that serve our country and give up their privileges and family. Nobody, though, is mistaking what is happening in sports as calls for redress on any of those issues. The notion of free speech is a supremely important ideal to us at the newspaper. I thought I could be a support and an ally to Kaepernick, bringing attention to the issues that he was talking about.

The second victim is the NFL itself.

Obviously, Kaepernick is not on an NFL team right now, the result of a leaguewide blackballing that's been evident since the spring. And in baseball, Oakland Athletics rookie Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League player to kneel during the national anthem.

Per Merriam-Webster dictionary, nationalism means "loyalty and devotion to a nation; especially: a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups". He insists the NFL should require players to stand. Responding to Trump, hundreds more players have been sitting, kneeling, locking arms or remaining in locker rooms. The recent symbol of solidarity began after President Donald Trump made remarks regarding NFL players who kneel during the national anthem. President Trump tweeted criticism of Kaepernick that escalated when, during a verbal ranting, he insulted Kaepernick's mother by referring to him as an SOB.

Watch the videos below to learn more about the similarities between Kaepernick's anthem protest and Parks's bus boycott, as well as the polarizing reactions prompted by the former.

At least Green Bay has time to heal: The Packers won easily but took a terrible beating. Jon Traywick, 21, Limerick: "I believe it's not right to kneel during the national anthem". Respondents overwhelmingly (80 percent) "want less politics from sporting events". Is that the point to all of this?

Larry Davis is a resident of Santa Fe and a lifelong football fan. "I think we all do need to stand together".

"One of the things I am most proud of is my military service", Benson said on neworleanssaints.com. It would seem the president's ideas about pride and patriotism are a lot less popular then he thinks. Some of this attention is positive - services for wounded veterans, educational benefits, and generous pensions. He graduated from Idaho State University with degrees in history and political science. "I mind kneeling, and my father minds kneeling", he said.



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