Editorial: Standing up for what's right

Editorial: Standing up for what's right

We are happy to see football season begin again. We were not happy to see how one of the NFL's quarterbacks acted before a pre-season game.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, refused to stand for the National Anthem in Friday's pre-season game against Green Bay, because he was protesting "black oppression" in the United States.

He embarrassed his team mates, his team, the NFL, and frankly the sport of football.

There is a picture of a former 49er he certainly did not honor, his name is Glen Coffee, who was also drafted in the 3rd round of the NFL draft. He gave up millions of dollars and an NFL career to serve his country.

The NFL issued a statement that said players are encouraged but not required to stand for the national anthem.

This is the same NFL that refused to allow the Dallas Cowboys to wear a helmet decal in honor of the fallen Dallas Police officers gunned down on July 7th.

Interesting that the NFL will make the call against honoring law enforcement officers, but only "encourages" players to respect the symbol of our nation, the American flag, and our national anthem.

These symbols of our nation are to be seen and respected as our goals we commit to achieve, not their perfect practice.

Our Democracy may not always reach 100 percent of our goals, but clearly it is the best attempt ever made in history, and continues to be the envy of the world.

Brave men and women are fighting and dying right now, so Kaepernick can have the freedom to sit and show his disrespect.

If he is truly concerned, there are many positive and personal ways he can make a difference. Donate money to support those who have lost loved ones to gun violence. Start a foundation to educate young people at risk, travel to cities like Dallas, dealing with clashes between the community and police, to help lead a discussion on how to improve their interactions.

Instead he has chosen to just sit this one out, so to put it in terms he may better understand, we say get yourself off the bench and get in the game.

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