In August, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not stand during the national anthem before a preseason game. Afterwards Kaepernick said he wasn’t going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses people of color.
The press immediately dubbed Kaepernick’s action a protest but is that accurate?
Two months ago, before the NFL preseason a letter was written to the editor of the Kaieter News, a daily newspaper in Guyana, South America. It began, Guyana has a rich heritage and it is right to showcase it so that the children can learn to be patriotic.
Then the letter pointed out “some disheartening desecrations of our nation’s symbols. Our golden arrowhead is all over the place and is being trampled. This is an insult for our flag. I heard a group of foreigners singing the national anthem with off note screaming … I felt they were insulting our national anthem. Pity is that they live in Guyana and insult the land they presently dwell. My question is; do we have a law against people who intentionally insult or desecrate our national symbols?”