I think it brings attention to social injustice which needs to be addressed. Our society is still extremely racist and having a derogatory line about slaves dying in our national anthem doesn't have to be who we are as Americans. He isn't disrespecting patriots, but pushing for more dialogue and discussion -- just as John Carlos and Tonmie Smith did at the 1968 Olympics.
I don't see what all the butthurt is for. A dude didn't stand during a song associated with pride for this nation, when many things this nation is currently doing doesn't merit any pride at all. Using the logic stick on one's own country doesn't make you a bad person, it makes you a hero.
I think he shd go live somewhere else. Why??? Because if you don't believe in our nation.... You shdnt live in it. It's because of this nation that he can sit and cause such controversy which serves only to spot light him!!!! How can he be so stupid!!! Show some respect!!!
I admire his passion.. its something i would do if i had fame stuck to my name.. the world today is so run by corrupt governments that make it hard for the average person to have a say and get a message across.. but when fame is stuck to your name.. people listen..
There's a time and place for everything. My employer expects me to present myself professionally and not to bring my personal/political opinions to work and I don't have a problem doing that. In his uniform, like US military, he is representing the team not his personal agenda. He has as many other opportunities as he wants, because of his profession and who he is, to address the media with his concerts. Dont USA the team as your sounding board
This country was built on protest and since its inception, no great change has come without protest of some type. He is standing (sitting) for something he believes in. He is protesting for a better America. What is more patriotic than that?
First of all, I am all for constitutional privledge. That being said, I think he, just like any other person in the social media, on that level, chose the wrong venue for his protest. I argue with this. The American flag is a symbol of all that we as Americans have achieved over the last 200 plus years. Yes, there have been some bad spots, but that flag represents us as a whole. The ones that went to war, and died for us to be able to keep flying our flag, the ones that give up their freedoms, so that we can have ours, it represents all of us. So for him to say "I'm not standing to show respect to those men and women", to me is deplorable. And the fact that he said it was because the black people are being oppressed, is kind of ironic, since his current contract is worth over 100 million. If he was truly worried about the oppressed, he would be taking that money and using it to help those people get education, jobs and training to remove that stigma from their backs, if it even resides. Is there oppression now days, yes. But it's not solely in the black community.
And newsflash to all African Americans who say they are owed something because of slavery....we don't you anything! You're no longer slaves! You're only being a slave to all the BS that people like Obama and AL Sharpton are feeding you. You think they care about you? They're using you! You're a means to an end
It is never unamerican to speak your mind or protest an injustice. That's what this country was founded on: The protest of injust treatment. I think he is well within his rights to do what he is doing and I think it brings a good attention to the cause.