I’ll admit my first reaction was disappointment when San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem before a preseason game because he didn’t feel pride in a country oppressing people of color. I felt there were better ways to show his anger than to disrespect the symbol of our nation. Soon, however, my rudimentary knowledge of history kicked me in the rear.
Before we wail about how offended we are, remember that our country was formed out of protest. Our first amendment protects this right better than Kaepernick’s offensive line could ever do. It’s not a question of whether he has the right to do this, but whether it’s right. And there’s where things get tricky.