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‘Taking a knee’ during anthem is an attack on the flag — not an act of patriotism

In this Sept. 24, 2017 photo, several New England Patriots players kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass.
In this Sept. 24, 2017 photo, several New England Patriots players kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. AP

There are two aspects of a logical disconnect in the NFL controversy. The first has to do with racism (or lack thereof). President Trump recently criticized an NFL player in a rude and, in my opinion, inappropriate manner. But he spoke out against the man’s disrespect of our flag, and this had nothing to do with the color of the man’s skin. People who hate Trump decided he is a racist and twisted everything to try and prove their point. The president spoke against a man who happens to be black, not because he is black.

Secondly, there is no logical connection between taking a knee during the national anthem and protesting police misconduct. Taking a knee when everyone else is standing at attention says nothing about racism or police brutality. People who wish to protest against these things have every right to do so, but they must choose a more appropriate way to do it.

There is no way around this — “taking a knee” is an attack on the flag. You cannot logically frame this as a protest of systemic injustice and police misconduct. It is especially shocking to hear people claim “taking a knee” is an act of patriotism. That makes no sense whatsoever.

We must get to a place where issues are discussed based on logic, not on emotions or biases.

Jim Borland, San Luis Obispo

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