I don’t know what I hate more: Colin Kaepernick, or Colin Kaepernick supporters. To refresh the memory of anyone whose been living under a rock the past few weeks, Kaepernick is a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who refuses to stand for the national anthem. His reason? That he doesn’t want to “honor a nation that oppresses black people.”
Yeah – alright.
A few other players have joined his protest, which makes little sense considering the blowback Kaepernick has received. The man was booed before chants of “USA USA” broke out the other night during a home game in liberal San Francisco. The country only gets more conservative than San Fran.
Unfortunately, his protest has no spread beyond the sports world, into our schools. One fifth grader is joining his protest – because you’d have to be a fifth grader to think that it makes any sense. As the Federalist Papers reported:
Madria told KVUE-TV that she is protesting the anthem because it was written by Francis Scott Key, who owned slaves. Apparently Madria found a verse, that is not included in the anthem anymore, “offensive”: “No refuge could save the hireling and slave/From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave.”
Apparently they don’t teach history at her school, as according to Encyclopedia Brittanica; “Key was also an early and ardent opponent of slave trafficking. Although he was a slaveholder from a large slave-owning family, he treated his own slaves humanely and freed several during his lifetime. He provided free legal advice to slaves and freedmen in Washington, D.C., including civil actions in which enslaved individuals petitioned for their freedom.”
There are far too many people nowadays who want something to be outraged about. It’s a sort of secular religion that’s sprung up as the “everybody gets a trophy” generation continues to age. If this generation is America’s future, I’m selling my stocks.
What part of American history will they deem problematic next? Let’s start a betting pool in the comments…