04 October 2017

Protest. Response. Response to the response.

Source lost - a thread somewhere on Reddit.

Amid all this debate about kneeling during the national anthem, I have seen very little discussion of why the national anthem is played at American sporting events.  It was not always so.  I believe someone reported that historically the anthem was played when the U.S. played against another country, as for example in the Olympics.  It first came into collegiate or professional sports during the first or second world wars.

And I believe that most persons watching sports on television at home do not rise from a seated position when the national anthem is played and the flag depicted on TV. 


  1. Paid patriotism?

    "In 2015, Arizona Sens. Jeff Flake (R) and John McCain (R) revealed in a joint oversight report that nearly $5.4 million in taxpayer dollars had been paid out to 14 NFL teams between 2011 and 2014 to honor service members and put on elaborate, “patriotic salutes” to the military. ... Among the more wasteful expenditures were a payment to the Atlanta Falcons to have a National Guard member sing the national anthem and a payment to the Minnesota Vikings for the “‘opportunity’ to sponsor its military appreciation night.”

    Though USA Today has a different take:

    I suspect the truth lies somewhere in between.

  2. In West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943), Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson wrote: “To believe that patriotism will not flourish if patriotic ceremonies are voluntary and spontaneous, instead of a compulsory routine is to make an unflattering estimate of the appeal of our institutions to free minds.”

  3. Before 2010 the NFL stayed in the locker room till after the anthem.

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  5. Not that it matters, but 600 people weren't shot. And I don't think "mad" accurately describes the feelings toward the shooter, but this is a fairly obvious false comparison anyway.

    1. Not that it matters, but I think the term "mad" was being used for the feelings toward Marcus Peters.

  6. Sad, we should all be getting along.It shouldn't be about how many he killed,which knee he went down on...We all have no where to go,no outter space friends ta visit us. All we do is disrespect and kill ea.other,and for what? Certainly not history,most have realized from hearing their ancestors talk of " were in our last days",there are none! Yet we bcome violent when predictions don't come true.So you must remember,Nothings out in the where Evers gonna save us,from us,but US! That's all that's it,stop being afraid,feel free to trust n drop ur guard,relax n distress,take a deep breath and just look around at all the beauti ur surrounded by.Here try this story on for 1day.The next? read Legally Omitted. by C F Thomas, let me know what he should do next,bc ur humans...so I've been told.


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