• Real America Doesn’t Take a Knee

    Each week brings out a parade of disgruntled NFL players taking knees and sitting on the bench during our National Anthem. They are supposedly protesting racial inequality in America.

    It’s widely known to be fully legal and their right to sit, stand, salute or do whatever they want during the anthem. They’re not breaking any laws. But its just bad form.

    The NFL itself has come under fire as they cater to the few kneelers and they’ve watched the unthinkable happen…their numbers are spiking through the floor.

    It turns out the vast majority of America is proud of our flag, our country, and happy to stand out of respect during our anthem.

    Real America doesn’t take a knee.

    Last Friday, I enjoyed a high school football game. My son plays the snare drum during the halftime marching band display and I personally know many of the football players and their parents.

    We share our little part of America in the heartland of Iowa and we raise our children to love the red, white, and blue flag no matter what color skin they are.

    I’m white. My kids are white. Iowa is still pretty white overall, but even in our neck of the woods we are represented by all races. Our football team has white kids, Asian kids, black kids, Hispanics, and mixtures of all of it. Our coaches are both white and black. On our team they are the same color, blue. Skin color doesn’t matter, just like in the military.

    Players in team sports and soldiers in a foxhole have one thing in common, if they want to win the game or survive the battle they must have each others back, no matter what color skin is on it.

    Most of America knows this and it’s why the average American is ticked off by people sitting out the anthem. Sure, it’s their right to do it, but real America isn’t so self-centered or race-centered that they can’t honor the flag that stands for our country.

    Standing for the anthem simply shows a modicum of respect to those who have died for our right to go freely to a football game on Friday night. Those who died were Americans of all skin colors and they are due the simple respect to take off your dang hat, and simply stand for the song.

    If you are passionate about stamping out racism in America, fantastic, go for it! Do whatever you think will help to make it better. Sitting for the anthem isn’t helping.

    A little respect is all we ask. I really don’t think its too much. The images found in this piece show how most of America feels about her anthem and her flag.

    S.C. Sherman

    Senior Editor

    Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, NRATV and others. All of his novels including his most recent tome, Lone Wolf Canyon, a modern day western that infuriates the left and all "Snowflakes," are available here.

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