Recently, there has been a huge uproar over Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand and/or honor the national anthem when being played before the start of NFL games. Some people took to the Internet to vent their frustration and opposition to what is his constitutional 1st amendment right.
As a veteran, I disagree with the message it sends and who it targets. The largest target audience is young people who look up to him as a role model and aspire to be like him one day. However, I’d say to all these people posting their videos by lighting his jersey on fire or calling him out, thinking it’ll change his behavior, or others, to please stop, just stop. It gives him more exposure and keeps an otherwise mute point in the forefront of the mainstream media narrative. After all, I didn’t see anyone burning Ray Rice’s jersey after he was caught on camera punching his wife unconscious and spitting on her. I didn’t see one of the 40 players accused of rape jersey’s being burned. Or how about Greg Hardy, who knocked his girlfriend out and left marks all over her body in a fit of rage.
Discourse is healthy and important in keeping ideas fresh and is afforded in the very 1st amendment for a reason, it was the most important item to the founding fathers, but to my fellow vets, your time is better served elsewhere in my opinion than spending it trying to somehow change this phenomena. Like fighting for what’s owed to you for your service in the broken VA system!