by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:
Thanks to Colin Kaepernick, the playing of the national anthem before a sporting event is never going to be the same again. At first there was a vicious backlash against Kaepernick for refusing to stand for the national anthem, but now large segments of the population are enthusiastically embracing him and his cause. This week, Kaepernick’s jersey became the top selling jersey in the entire NFL. If it wasn’t for this controversy that would be very odd, because Kaepernick has played very, very poorly over the past couple of years.
But it isn’t just Kaepernick’s jersey sales that show how public opinion has shifted. One survey discovered that Democrats overall are in favor of Kaepernick’s protest by a 54 percent to 34 percent margin. That same survey found that Americans under the age of 30 support him by a 50 percent to 39 percent margin.
Overall, the general public disapproves of him choosing not to stand for the national anthem by a 57 percent to 32 percent margin, and you can include me in those that wish that he would not choose to use the national anthem to make a political statement.
But this just shows how divided America is these days. We can’t even agree on the national anthem. Millions of us are angry, frustrated, bitter and confused. All of these emotions have exploded in places such as Dallas, Baton Rouge, Milwaukee, Baltimore and Ferguson, but instead of coming together to work on solutions I only see division getting even worse.
Sadly, some other sports stars have been watching Kaepernick’s stand and have decided to join him in his protest. One of them is Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane. During the national anthem, he chose to sit on the bench during a recent preseason game in Oakland, and he intends to continue to do this as we head into the regular season.
Elsewhere, soccer star Megan Rapinoe said that she intended to make an “intentional” statement when she knelt while the national anthem was being played prior to a game between the Seattle Reign and the Chicago Red Stars…
“It was very intentional,” Rapinoe told American Soccer Now after Seattle’s 2-2 tie in the National Women’s Soccer League game. “It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now. I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t. We need to have a more thoughtful, two-sided conversation about racial issues in this country.
“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”
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