COLIN KAEPERNICK & FLAG BURNING. WHERE DO FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS END AND HATE CRIMES BEGIN?
Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the 49ers, refused to stand during the Star Spangled Banner. He sat on the bench, later claiming it was a social protest over mistreatment of blacks. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,”
Yet, he didn’t even vote in the last election. Hypocrite!
He is misguided by a skewed sense of arrogant indignation that we occasionally witness in those that see themselves as victimized.
He failed to take into account the millions of soldiers that have served our country over the years, many who have given their lives to protect the flag and what it represents.
A man in his position as a role model for young men and women should have realized that his actions could influence them in a negative way. Our children take the Pledge of Allegiance in school every day. There is a flag in every classroom. We sing the national anthem at every sporting event. Folded flags are given to the families of fallen heroes.
We have had national pride and tradition since Betsy Ross and Francis Scott Key. He has disrespected this tradition. If he doesn’t like it, he should take his $11 million and get the hell out of Dodge.
Kaepernick protest is tantamount to burning the flag. The difference is that he doesn’t show hate, rather he offers a silent demonstration witnessed by millions. It’s his right to do so, but why on this public stage? Probably to get attention to his cause but he offended a vast majority of the people while making few friends.
Burning the flag is usually done in violent outcry and mob mentality. It should be prosecuted as a hate crime. The 1st Amendment has been abused and stretched to the limit. Flag burning is equivalent to hanging blacks or presidents in effigy. All of them are hateful and must carry some kind of recriminatory consequences. Whether it’s jail time, public service, or the loss of citizenship the 1st Amendment needs some clarification to reflect changing times.
JUST HOW FAR CAN WE ALLOW HATE MESSAGES TO CONTINUE TO FOSTER UNDER THE GUISE OF THE 1ST AMENDMENT?
It wasn’t long before some crazy tipped over and acted out one of the rants we heard on TV. BLM, although claiming not to preach violence, sponsored a rally march in NYC where crowds were chanting “Kill the Pigs-When-Now.”
Case in point. Dallas: A few days later 5 policemen were ambushed and shot dead, 6 wounded. Baton Rough: A week later, 3 officers killed, 6 wounded. Ambush shootings of the men in blue are now commonplace.
The Obama administration did not support law enforcement. Comes now President Trump. He vows to return law and order. A good starting point is to clarify what is a hate crime is in terms of 1st amendment free speech including social media and then enforce the findings.