Over the past few weeks there have been a lot of conversations about how our national anthem and flag should be treated thanks to football player Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem before NFL football games. Kaepernick and other professional athletes are engaging in this protest to highlight how minorities are treated in the United States, and in particular how they are seen as suspect and dangerous even when engaged in peaceful and lawful behavior.
For the temerity to use the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution, the right to free speech and protest, he has been vilified on many fronts. In most cases he is accused of disrespecting the flag. For silently and respectfully making his point like as you can see below, he has been vilified, had his religion and nationality questioned, and accused of being unAmerican and hating our police and military.
Yet on September 11, 2016, the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. the national networks seem to have no problem with flag desecration by sports fans with no purpose other than to get on TV. Not respectfully and silently protesting wrongs, but consciously desecrating the American flag at home with the logo of a sports franchise, driving or even flying long distances to a stadium where there are national media cameras, and waving it in the hopes for getting their blatant insult to our nation’s symbol of freedom broadcast to the entire country.
In both screen shots above, CBS decided to highlight smiling, giddy flag desecrators as they went to commercial during the New York Jets home game against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 11. The stadium where they played this game is less than 15 miles from the site of the most horrific attacks on 9.11, and both head coaches wore hats honoring the first responders who risk their own and saved the lives of others on that horrific day.
Yet Boomer Essiason, who has ripped Kaepernick on his daily WFAN “sports” show for utilizing his First Amendment rights, was silent during every game break and the entire half time show. For Boomer and other “patriotic” Americans speaking the truth and seeking redress is considered hateful and unAmerican, while mindless desecration of the symbols of our right to speak the truth and seek redress is shown to millions without comment.
But Colin Kaepernick and those he inspired respectfully making his feelings known about serious problems faced by millions of Americans is considered disrespecting the American flag and potentially belittling the losses of 9/11.
And these radical lunatics who happily display their desecrated flags in the shadow of the destroyed Twin Towers are given national highlights as the height of American manhood.
And not one announcer during the game, not one talking head — and most notedly Essiason — during the game breaks, not one panelist noted the massive hypocrisy and astonishingly unAmerican aspect to all of this.