And finally, vets respond to the Kaepernick affair

(from an email received today: Sep 3rd, 2016)

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VoteVets

Richard –

Much of the pushback against Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice in the United States has come under the guise of disrespect for veterans.

So before Thursday’s night game, Kaepernick consulted with a former Green Beret, and decided to take a knee instead of sitting during the National Anthem. He said, “we came up with taking a knee because there are issues that still need to be addressed and there was also a way to show more respect for the men and women that fight for this country.”

Since yesterday morning, more than 15,000 people, including 8,000 veterans and military family members, have signed VoteVets petition supporting Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest. We’re going to try and get it to him this week, so here’s your last chance to add your name before we do:

Sign our card supporting Colin Kaepernick and his right to protest by kneeling during the National Anthem and we will do our best to get it to him this week.

It is easy to put a flag pin on a suit and call yourself a patriot. It is much more difficult to risk fortune and fame to take a stand against injustice in our communities. What Kaepernick is doing is not anti-American or disrespecting those who served.

Indeed, protecting his right to make his voice heard is fundamental to why so many made the decision to put on the uniform.

Sign our card supporting Colin Kaepernick and his right to protest by kneeling during the National Anthem.

Thanks for making your voice heard on this issue. There’s a lot of noise out there and veterans, military family members, and those who support them have a real opportunity to cut through the clutter during this debate.

All my best,

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman
VoteVets

1 comment to And finally, vets respond to the Kaepernick affair

  • perachtis

    Certainly the substitution of “kneeling” versus failing to rise for the playing of the National Anthem introduces a third perspective, since ‘kneeling’ is not a proper act of adoration, but rather a supplication expressed fervently in bodily form, while showing a trust in a ‘higher power’ beyond the merely civic or mortal. Kneeling affirms the value, virtue, and validity of supplication to what is being reverentially addressed. Historically kneeling was a fixture in religious and feudal dominions; but this is the 21st Century, where no one should be obligated to bow to authority, or to social constructs based solely on tradition.

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