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hat tip: Robert Barsocchini
Professional football quarterback Colin Kaepernick is expressing in physical action what many Americans are catching-up to recognize:
We don’t stand for what the US is doing.
What Americans stand for in the US national anthem is a theme of defending freedom from attack by the same empire who attempted to disarm Americans in 1775, then arrest and execute our Founders, and keep Americans as servile work animals to the world’s most powerful empire. We stand for ideals of being a land of the free and home of the brave.
But the US national anthem’s third verse to damn enslaved humans from even hoping for freedom is psychopathically opposed to US values. Francis Scott Key’s verse from 1814 (historical context):
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave