Extreme American Patriotism
by bobo on September 5, 2016 - 7:02pm
The article I chose for this assignment involves the ongoing Colin Kaepernick saga in the NFL. As you may or may not have heard, during the the San Francisco 49ers's preseason games Kaepernick refused to stand during the singing of the national anthem, which is a tradition in the National Football League. He explained that he "is not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color". During the team's last preseason game, he decided to kneel during the anthem as a compromise for former and current U.S millitary members that felt insulted by his decision not to stand. Throughout the article, the author, Josmar Trujillo, praises Kaepernick, for "teaching everyone a lesson" when it comes to ignoring the serious problems that the United States have that are often overshadowed by extreme American patriotism.
He draws this conclusion by establishing the following premises. Colin Kaepernick is being demolished by various media members, former and current NFL executives, current colleagues for simply sitting down during a national anthem, because it disrespects a time-honored American tradition, even though he is doing this to adress the serious problems the country has in regards to people of color, especially cases involving police brutality. Not only that, only 50 years ago people in America where debating what a black person's place on a bus was. The United States also has a military-loving culture. We have examples in the form of the tragic story of former NFL player turned army ranger Pat Tillman, and how his death by friendly fire was covered up to promote war propaganda, and several football plays that have military connotations, like "bullet passes" and "long bombs". In conclusion, American patriotism is overshadowing America's biggest problems by making people obsess over its traditions. This article reaffirms my belief that America's traditionalism and patriotism are extreme, and are obstructing the country's attempts to move forward.
"Colin Kaepernick is teaching us a worthy lesson" http://www.newsday.com/opinion/oped/colin-kaepernick-is-teaching-us-a-wo...