William McRaven, Chancellor of the University of Texas System, has written a letter that is awesomely inspiring. This letter simply puts Colin Kaepernick and every other Black Lives Matter American-hating, military-dissing, cop-bashing asshat to shame out there. It is epic.
It went to all presidents and athletic directors of the fourteen institutions under his aegis regarding coaching staff and player behavior during the National Anthem. McRaven is a former Navy SEAL. As Allen West says, let’s see how many Chancellors step forward after this, or even the NFL Commissioner. I’m not holding my breath over that one.
From Allen West:
Honoring the flag does not imply that the republic for which it stands is perfect. Far from it, honoring the flag is our collective commitment that we will constantly attempt to get better as a nation, to improve as a people, and to use the freedoms we have bene given the make the earth a better place.
I spent 37 years defending freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Nothing is more important to this democracy. Nothing! However, while no one should be compelled to stand, they should recognize that by sitting in protest to the flag they are disrespecting everyone who sacrificed to make this country what it is today — as imperfect as it might be.
Those that believe the flag represents oppression should remember all the Americans who fought to eliminate bigotry, racism, sexism, imperialism, communism, and terrorism The flag rode with the Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th, 10th, 24th and 25th Calvary and Infantry Regiments. It was carried by the suffragists down the streets of New York City. It flew with the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII. It was planted in the fields where Cesar Chavez spoke. It marched with Martin Luther King Jr. It rocketed into space on the shoulder patches of women, gays, Hispanic, Asian and African American astronauts. Today it waves high over the White House. It is a flag for everyone, of every color, of every race, of every creed, and of every orientation, but the privilege of living under this flag does not come without cost. Nor should it come without respect.
The nation and everything it strives for is embodied in the American flag. We strive to be more inclusive. We strive to be more understanding. We strive to fix the problems that plague our society.
I would, once again, ask the Presidents and the Athletic Directors to convey my message to your teams. The young student-althletes are future leaders of this nation. By showing respect for the flag, they are making it possible for America to be everything we dreamed it could be.
When you disrespect our National Anthem and our flag, you aren’t just making a statement of protest. You are disrespecting all those who have served, fought and died for this great nation… and for you. The flag does not represent oppression, it represents freedom… something those of Kaepernick’s ilk just can’t or won’t understand.
Our flag represents all of us and our freedom has come at a heavy cost for those who honor our flag and selflessly serve our nation. It deserves our respect and our devotion. If you have the privilege of living in this great nation, you have the responsibility to honor her and represent her with pride. To see the full letter… go here.