Colin Kaepernick didn’t stand for the National Anthem

Colin Kaepernick didn’t stand for the National Anthem. He didn’t do the mindless thing, the thoughtless thing, the automatic thing. Colin Kaepernick did a mindful thing, a thoughtful thing, a deliberate thing, Colin Kaepernick didn’t stand for the National Anthem.

And people lost their shit.

Not all the people lost their shit, just the surface people did. You know the surface people. The people who think history began last Thursday. The people who think that Affirmative Action is “reverse discrimination” and not an attempt TO REVERSE DISCRIMINATION. The people who think wearing flag lapel pins is a sign of good citizenship but having your legs and an arm blown off in fighting for your country proves nothing. The people who go through the motions of the affections of what looks like patriotism without ever breaking the surface to see what sacrifices lie underneath.

Colin Kaepernick looked underneath at why we stand and saw that it was a reason we were not living up to. And so he did not stand. Perhaps he thought we were not a people worthy to stand for while we still valued so little the lives of darker citizens as to shot them wholesale. Perhaps when we can embrace color acceptance and reject colorblindness, when we can see the inherent worth and dignity in people who are not white and rich and male, when we are no longer such frightened creatures as to kill without question, cause or care; then maybe …

just maybe…

we will be a country whose anthem is worth standing for.


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