With the National Football League set to kick off its 2018 season in the coming weeks, the debate over protests during the National Anthem hang heavy over the nation’s heart.
What started with Colin Kaepernick purposefully offending conservative Americans by kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner in 2016 has now turned into a national phenomenon. Where the second string quarterback was simply looking for attention under the guise of fighting the vague scourge of “racial injustice”, has now transformed into a referendum against the President, and against the United States itself.
Well, at least according to former NBA basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Abdul-Jabbar, 71, in a Tuesday column for The Hollywood Reporter, recanted what Frederick Douglass said in “My Bondage and My Freedom.”
“Currently, the song being demanded is the national anthem during football games. But during a warm-up game on Aug. 10, despite President Trump’s previous condemnation, several Eagles players kneeled during the anthem or raised their fists — their way of singing their own song,” he wrote.
“For them, lyrics like ‘land of the free’ don’t accurately represent the daily reality for people of color. They love their country but want that country to recognize the suffering that occurs when it isn’t living up to its constitutional promises.”
What Abdul-Jabbar is missing is patriotism, and I can explain why:
The flag of the United States does not represent any sort of oppression whatsoever. It represents the constitutional republic laid out by the Founding Fathers. It represents the potential of a land mired in freedom, where we are allowed to pursue happiness as a right. The perversion of the American Dream doesn’t come from the flag at all, but, rather, from those who look to take advantage of us using cultural, societal means of division.
Those who disrespect the flag don’t resent America – they resent what tribalism has allowed America to become.
And the leading cause of such division? Liberalism.