September 26, 2017

Thank You for Your Service, Whoever You Are

By Amy Schafer

On Sunday, dozens of NFL players took a knee and locked arms during the national anthem, a silent but powerful peaceful protest of the criminal justice system in the United States, as well as a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s crude comments and exhortations to fire players who had chosen to protest. While many expressed solidarity with the players’ choice to exercise their First Amendment rights and raise the stature of a deeply troubling issue, others were outraged and offended, viewing the gesture as a sign of disrespect toward the flag, America itself, and in particular, the American military.

Read the full op-ed in Slate.

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