Let me start by saying this: I love the USA. I live in the USA, and I’m a citizen. I do NOT agree with anyone who protests by sitting during the National Anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance; I’m also a firm believer if one does not like our laws, customs, and culture, that one or few should just pack up and leave.
With that being said…
We’ve seen protests that have involved looting, rioting, blocking highways or main roads which caused problems for emergency vehicles and rescue workers, violent acts of murder, fighting, and the like.
We keep calling out and saying, “PEACEFUL PROTESTS!” However, when Colin Kaepernick sits down during the national anthem we are outraged, and yet Colin did not riot, burn anything down, loot, or commit any act of violence. So he chose and did a peaceful protest, and then some of us even got more outraged when another athlete followed his example.
“Stand up for what you believe” as long as what? They do it our way? As long as they believe our way? We’re still not satisfied with their peaceful protest… And by which list of standards are we measuring these “peaceful” protests? The athletes brought no physical harm to anyone by sitting down. Sure, they may have embarrassed their fellow teammates by sitting out, but the key phrase here is THEY PROTESTED PEACEFULLY.
What would we rather the athletes have done? Would we rather them steal, harm someone, burn something down in the name of whatever it is they believe? We wanted peaceful protests. We expected people do peaceful protests and not the kind of protest that breaks out violence, injuring others, and destroying community businesses and homes.
It may not have been ideal for any of you, including myself, but they chose what was best for them as individuals. In this country, there’s the right to protest, and that is their freedom to do so. They chose a peaceful demonstrative protest, and no one got hurt.
And we’re still not satisfied.