music together with the name “The Star Spangle Banner”. President Woodrow Wilson ordered that it be played at all, military functions in 1916, and on March 3, 1931 President Herbert Hoover signed a law that made “The Star Spangle Banner” the official national anthem (2018).I am a Democrat all the way, but I do agree with Donald J Trump when he said “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out! He’s fired. He’s fired (Donald J Trump, 2017)! This iswhat some of the pros and cons are (2018).PRO1:When one believes the United States is not living up to its ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all, refusing to stand for the national anthem is appropriate and justified. Colin Kaepernick said, “I’m not going to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black peopleand people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look 7
John Doe Week 3 Assignmentthe other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder “(2018).Pro2:When a national figure such as an NFL player refuses to stand for the National Anthem, it was shocking. People, were shocked and offended when Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner.” And the resulting debate has continued as additional players joined the protest. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell originally disagreed with those actions, but later praised what he called a movement from protest to progress. “I truly respect our players wanting to speak out and change the community, we want them to use that voice” (VeteransforKapernick,2018).Pro3:Not standing for the national anthem is a legal form of peaceful protest, which is a First Amendment right. President Obama said Kaepernick was “exercising his constitutional right to make a statement. I think there’s a long history of sports figures doing so.” A letter signed by 35 US veterans stated that “far from disrespecting our troops, there is no finer form of appreciating for our sacrifice than for Americans to enthusiastically exercise their freedom of speech”(2018)CON1:Refusing to stand for the national anthem shows disrespect for our flag and members of thearmed forces. The national anthem pays respect to the man and woman who have risked their lives, been injured, or died defending the United States. Carol Ishim, a great-great-great- granddaughter of the writer of the National Anthem (Francis Scott Key) stated that “ it just blowsmy mind that somebody like (Kaepernick) would do what he does to dishonor the flag of this 8
John Doe Week 3 Assignmentcountry and the national anthem when we have young men and woman overseas fighting for this country, people that have died for this country”. Drew Breeze, New Orland’s Saints quarter back,supported Kaepernick’s message but disagreed with the delivery. It’s an oxymoron that you’re sitting down, disrespecting that flag that has given you the freedom to speak out”(2018).
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