Why I Stand for The National Anthem
It's been a hot topic lately as we watch multi-million dollar athletes protest during The National Anthem by sitting or kneeling. I've listened to both sides of the argument and I'm proud to say that I stand for our National Anthem.
I stand for The National Anthem because I am proud to be an American. I'm proud of the sacrifice the brave men and women of the armed forces have made so I can be free. I stand for The National Anthem because despite all that is wrong with America, the United States is the greatest country in the World. The United States is one of the few countries where its citizens have certain rights guaranteed under the constitution such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion. This includes the freedom to protest.
Yes I stand for The National Anthem because my life experiences are far different from many minorities. When I've been pulled over by officers, I never once feared reaching into my glove compartment to get my insurance or registration. My parents or grandparents were never blasted with fire hoses. I'm not a women denied equal wages even though I perform the same job as my male counterpart; and I'm not a gay man or women denied the right to marry the person I love.
The United States of America was founded based upon individuals exercising their right to protest. From the Boston Tea Party to Selma, Americans have been speaking out against oppression. So yes I will stand for the National Anthem but at same time, I will respect the rights of others to protest against what they feel is wrong with America. Patriotism means more than just saluting a flag and singing the National Anthem. It also means listening to others speak (even if you disagree with them), and respecting their rights and freedom to protest.