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Respecting Anthem and Flag


By Fred Wallace


Hi this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire " brought to you by your local Auto Logic, the Logical Choice.

Colin Kaepernick.

Is there a more polarizing figure in sports today than the San Francisco 49'ers quarterback ?

During the pre-season Kaepernick refused to stand for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, electing to kneel to show his lack of pride in a flag and country that oppresses black people and people of his view.

The act elicited a wide range of responses.
He was glorified.
He was vilified.

Were his actions appropriate ?

In a " free " country, Kaepernick should be entitled to his opinions and actions, as long as no law has been broken.

However, from my view, there were far better avenues to travel in order to register his protest.

I often think this too when I see lacrosse at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore, and visiting players from Six Nations through the years have refused to remove their helmets as a show that they don't feel compelled to respect the Maple Leaf Flag or the playing of O'Canada.

If that's their opinion, fine, again it's a free country, but like Colin Kaepernick, I honestly think there are much more effective ways to protest a country's direction than by disrespecting the anthem or the flag prior to a sporting contest.

I'm Fred Wallace

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