You’ve probably heard the story of how the Star Spangled Banner was written. American lawyer Francis Scott Key accompanied Colonel John Stuart Skinner to negotiate a prisoner release with the British Navy during the War of 1812. Things didn’t go as planned. During his captivity, Key was inspired by the flag he saw flying high over Fort McHenry. The song is a tribute to the flag and what the flag stands for. But the song is not the flag.
So when professional football player Colin Kaepernick decided to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest the mistreatment against minorities, was he disrespecting the flag? Apparently Staff Sgt. Nate Boyer, a Green Beret, didn’t think so because Staff Sgt. Boyer talked Kaepernick into doing so.
(Marcus winning his weight class in the Military District of Washington Combatives Tournament)
In this episode of Leftover Stories we invited an Army veteran, Marcus, to explain to us his vantage point. As one who made an oath to support and defend the Constitution (and all the rights which come along with it), Marcus also shares how every service member gives their life to the flag.
What is the solution? Stop the arguing, act like grown-ups and listen. Listen to the other side and what they’re saying. Does it make sense? Also, listen to what you’re saying. Does it make sense? You may not be persuaded, but at least you’ll realize the voice on the other side is another human being who is just as passionate as you are about something. Chances are you’re not that different from one another and you can both agree that Pete Carroll should’ve given Beast Mode the ball on that 2nd and goal in Super Bowl XLIX.