The liberals who support the trendy National Anthem kneeling protests have a whole lot to learn about the right way, and the wrong way, to get things done.
The argument that we hear, time and again from the left, is that these men and women are protesting “racial inequality”, and exercising their First Amendment rights. On both of these counts, I call shenanigans.
First, Colin Kaepernick was protesting the American Police when he first began kneeling during the anthem – a time and action that was specifically chosen to offend the largest scope of NFL football fans possible. Kaepernick had asked himself, “can I do something outrageous to get my point across and be the talk of the entire league, even with my meager, second string level of play?”.
The answer was an emphatic “yes”. This wasn’t about the police, or “racial injustice” as Kaepernick’s PR firm likely asked him to pivot toward. This was about Colin Kaepernick making a scene. There was no attempt prior to his kneeling to fix the world, nor did any of his vast wealth find itself in the proper channels to affect change. This was showboating at the grandest level.
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Don’t even get us started on the fact that Kaepernick was an employee on the clock at the time of his subordinate behavior, and could easily have been fired for the nonsense. (That’s another fight for another time, NFL).
Now, the State of California, (of course), has just paved the way for a plethora of pee-wee protesters to choose, at a young age, whether or not they want to stand for the anthem.
“A California federal court has ruled that a high school football player cannot be ordered to stand for the national anthem before games.
“The decision, made by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Dec. 21, struck down statutes enforced by the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
“The district prohibited students from ‘kneeling, sitting or similar forms of political protest’ at sporting events and required students and coaches to ‘stand and remove hats/helmets during the playing or singing of the national anthem,’ according to court documents.”
It makes those of us who enjoy the world of sports wonder whether or not the talent scouts of the future will have a line on their checklist regarding political motivations.