With the San Francisco 49ers’ $126 million back-up quarterback Colin Kaepernick blazing the trail, more and more ill-informed Americans are joining in on the refusal to stand during the playing of the national anthem before sporting events.
The act of disrespect is said to be in protest of racial oppression… in a country currently being led by a black president.
But leave it to the far-left city of Seattle to take the anti-American sentiment to the next level, as an entire high school football team has decided to kneel for the national anthem for the rest of the season.
Garfield High School Bulldogs head coach Joey Thomas said students decided to protest racial injustice after learning that the third verse of the Star-Spangled Banner celebrates the killing of rebellious slaves,” Capitol Hill Seattle reported.
“One thing we pride ourselves on is we have open and honest conversations about what is going on in this society,” Thomas said. “It led kids to talk about the social injustice they experience … and it led to coaches to talk about what we go though. We’re teaching life skills through sports.”
The first display of disrespect toward the United States took place on Friday and it was no coincidence that the head coach and his staff participated.
— Barb (@my2cnz) September 17, 2016
But the team’s antics do serve a greater purpose — to expose how poorly educated students are due to a decidedly liberal bias in our schools.
Turns out, the rarely recited third verse often referenced — see below — DOES NOT celebrate “the killing of rebellious slaves.”
No refuge could save—the hireling & slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave,
Citing the website American Historama, Houston Chronicle’s Kathleen McKinly offered context on the “offending” lyrics, noting that they actually refer to British mercenaries and American prisoners of war being pressed into duty for the British Crown.
Good grief.The “hireling slave” mentioned in 3rd verse of our Anthem is not about slaves at all but British fighters pic.twitter.com/1QkX82Mfdw
— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) August 30, 2016
H/T: IJ Review