I was going to write a whole article about how I disagree with Colin Kaepernick.
Not because of his stance, but because I don’t want to hear what he thinks of the world on a football field.
I wrote the article about a week and a half ago but I never uploaded it.
Instead of focusing on that angle, I would rather like to discuss the manner in which he is protesting.
By kneeling during the National Anthem.
Did I miss something here?
Since when is keeling used to protest something?
You kneel to show respect towards something.
More often than not that thing is God.
There is a religious significance to kneeling.
When you enter a church, what is the first thing you do?
You go up to the podium and kneel before the cross.
It is not a sign of protest.
So why are these athletes kneeling as a form of protest?
That is not what kneeling even means.
You don’t kneel to protest something!
You kneel to show respect to whatever it is you are kneeling to.
That is why everyone kneels when player is carted off the field.
They are showing respect to the guy’s injury.
How about the flag itself?
Is it bad to kneel during the anthem?
This is a little more interesting.
There is actual protocol for saluting the flag.
Here is the part of the law that states that pertains to Kaerpnick
According to Senate.gov there are rules for how you should handle yourself during the National Anthem.
Title 36 United States Code:
§ 301. National Anthem.
(a) Designation. — The composition consisting of the words and music known as
the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
(b) Conduct During Playing. — During a rendition of the national anthem —
(1) when the flag is displayed —
(A) all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag
with the right hand over the heart;
(B) men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and
hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
(C) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the
anthem and maintain that position until the last note.
(2) When the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.
Now it should be noted that you don’t have to do this.
You are protected by the Supreme Court to not act this way.
You are however encouraged to by others.
I will relate it to not giving someone a Christmas present.
Is it illegal?
Is it wrong to not participate in the holiday?
To not give anyone anything for any of those holidays?
Well, no, technically it is not.
It has become a standard in American society to give presents during Christmas season, as it is the custom to put your right hand over your heart during the National Anthem.
You won’t get into trouble for going against the holiday.
You will be frowned upon in our society though.
Basically the whole act is actually voluntarily. (to civilians)
None of the people kneeling are really breaking any form of law.
There is no penalty for kneeling.
According to newsmax.com
This gesture is a voluntary gesture and the rights of citizens to not-participate have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In fact, there are some times when I saw players kneel while the National Anthem is sung.
Probably because they were in the middle of their pre-game warmup, not because they were protesting.
So let me get this straight;
He is protesting the National Anthem, which has a voluntary act of putting the right hand over the heart, by kneeling, which is traditionally used as a sign of respect for God?
That doesn’t sound like a protest to me.
Sounds like a guy who is being whispered to from behind.
I don’t normally agree with Jason Whitlock, but I do here.
Someone is telling Kaepernick what to say.
Do yourself a favor, next time you protest, do something that is actually a form of protest.
Because I could have sworn he was paying respect to the flag by doing that.
Since kneeling is never used to protest.