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Star Proves Spangled Banner Is Shocking Pathological Patriotism

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San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the Star Spangled Banner before a pre-season game Friday. Since then, the controversy has caused an outrage. His explanation has caused an uproar. Kaepernick risks becoming a Targeted Individual for taking a stand for the oppressed.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. … There are bodies in the street and people getting paid to leave and getting away with murder.”

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CNN reports Sunday, “Defiant, and determined to be a conduit for U.S. change, Colin Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels it is appropriate and until he sees significant progress in America — specifically when it comes to race relations.

“[Kaepernick] knows he could be cut by San Francisco for this stand. Criticized, ostracized and he’ll go it all alone if need be.”

Like all whistleblowers and others taking a stand against injustice and for the oppressed, Kerpernick knows he risks becoming a Targeted Individual. He knows he might be persecuted in some road cities. He says he’s ready, not overly concerned about his safety, but “if something happens, that’s only proving my point.”

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“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” Kaepernick said Sunday at his locker. “To me this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

Twitter’s gone predictably nuts, showing at least one 49er fan burning Kaepernick’s jersey.

“Almost no one seems to be aware that even if the U.S. were a perfect country today, it would be bizarre to expect, much less force anyone with any decency, to sing the national anthem. It’s even more bizarre to insist that African American players stand for it,” reports The Intercept’s Jon Schwartz.

“Why?” asks Schwartz.  “Because it literally celebrates the murder of African Americans.”

“Few know that because we only ever sing the first verse. But read the end of the third verse and you’ll see why the Star Spangled Banner is not just a musical atrocity, it’s an intellectual and moral one, too:

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Violence hailed in the national anthem is enough for some to refuse to stand and to sing it. Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key about the Battle of Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812.

“But we don’t ever talk about how the War of 1812 was a war of aggression that began with an attempt by the U.S. to grab Canada from the British Empire,” says Schwartz.

As Schwartz highlights, however, there is more to this tale of pathological patriotism that Americans prefer to not face.

Schwarts explains that the U.S. had “wildly overestimated the strength of the U.S. military. By the time of the Battle of Fort McHenry in 1814, the British had counterattacked and overrun Washington, D.C., setting fire to the White House.”

One key tactic behind the British military’s success was actively recruiting American slaves. A detailed 2014 article in Harper’s explains that orders given to Royal Navy’s Admiral Sir George Cockburn read:

Let the landings you make be more for the protection of the desertion of the Black Population than with a view to any other advantage. … The great point to be attained is the cordial Support of the Black population. With them properly armed & backed with 20,000 British Troops, Mr. Madison will be hurled from his throne.

Entire families journeyed to the ships of the British, who promised no one would be given back to their “owners.” The men were trained to create a regiment, the Colonial Marines, who participated in many battles, including the August 1814 raid on Washington.

On the night of September 13, 1814, the British bombarded Fort McHenry. Key, seeing the fort’s flag the next morning, was inspired to write the lyrics for the Star Spangled Banner, Schwartz says.

“So when Key penned ‘No refuge could save the hireling and slave / From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,’ he was taking great satisfaction in the death of slaves who’d freed themselves.”

He owned several slaves himself.

“With that in mind, think again about the next two lines: ‘And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave / O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.’”

Schwarz offers a reality check to those with a touch of delusion about what they salute and sing:

“The reality is that there were human beings fighting for freedom with incredible bravery during the War of 1812. However, the Star Spangled Banner glorifies America’s ‘triumph’ over them — and then turns that reality completely upside down, transforming their killers into the courageous freedom fighters.”

If Colin Kaepernick’s anger is justified, as Schwartz says, “we really need a new national anthem.”

Kaepernick reiterated Sunday that he will “speak the truth when I’m asked about it.

“This isn’t for look. This isn’t for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don’t have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities to be successful. To provide for families and not live in poor circumstances.”

Source: The Intercept, CNN



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    • Deborah Dupre

      Kaepernick set the best example to youth, who idolize sportsmen. Time for change and making America great again means progressing past days of oppression, racism – and yes, pathological patriotism – and development of the human race, not saluting former and present injustices. I’d rather salute Kaepernick.

      • Hi NSA, kiss my artichoke

        We know you would lefty.

        • Deborah Dupre

          You got something right this time. :-) Thank you.
          What an unexpected surprise, though, for me to have anything at all in common with a footy player.

          • FAT AXL!!!

            Where did you go to be taught such outrageous audacity — this cocky assurance that you’re right about everything and anyone who dares to think or say otherwise is a backward bigot racist?

            A more thoroughly arrogant and simple-minded member of the species would be difficult to find.

            • Paul Brown

              Gee, with the virulent crap you guys are spouting, I think we found some.

            • FAT AXL!!!

              You expect silence or acquiescence when you plaster your extremist ideological pronouncements in a public place?

              Why?

              Who told you you’re the superior thinkers? Who told you you’re always right and that whoever suggest otherwise is a bully or a bigot or ignorant?

              You all speak alike because you were all taught how to THINK via the same sources. You’ve made the fool’s decision to hitch your wagons to the progressive locomotive. But did you ever actually consider the progressive’s destination?

              One hour in a quiet room meditating on the logical outcome of your trajectory would be enough to horrify any of you…

              …if you possessed the capacity for such mental projection exercises.

            • st

              mk ultra training i would think,and in her case not think :lol: pathological patriotism look we made up a new term must….use…to…bet….col …and… trendy the song was about the brits are u all nuts?Where are the blacks fitting in?D.D. you need to know about the song so does the nutter who was to good to stand like he knows anything who cares he can make all the money in the world and still not know a thing if he was in another land he wouldnt be s#$t but the good old U.S.A. will pay big to watch grown men play with balls. TARDS :!:

      • Brandon

        WHAT A CROCK OF SHYT :!: :!: :!: :!:

    • DISPENSER

      Sounds like another low IQ, America hater, that has bought into the Black Lies Matter movement. More whites are shot, and killed by police, than blacks, and the number of blacks being killed by police are a tiny fraction of the number of blacks slaughtered by other blacks.

    • Uriel#73

      If he wants to make such a difference why doesn’t he take 90% of those millions upon millions of dollars a year and make a real difference? He is so oppressed yet makes an enormous living throwing a football, actually huge amounts of money sitting on the bench these days. Personally I’m sick and tired of all these “famous” rich people jumping on band wagons then retiring to their private estates every night. Bunch of fakes if you ask me. Additionally it is no secret that he is a recent convert to Islam. The muslim world still practices legal slavery. They are the largest holder of African slaves in world history. Not to mention how they treat women. Really sick and tired of left wing so called progressive liberals following the lead of what ever is “politically correct” or whatever the latest cause is but then refusing to acknowledge when those same issues are present and far worse elsewhere in the world because it is contrary to their “politically correct” cause. Whatever happened to free Tibet? Oh, it’s not the in thing anymore. Ol’ Colin Crappershack can suck it for all I care and get the f^&k out of this country if it has oppressed him so bad. Maybe North Korea will treat him better.

    • LegalNameFraud

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    • wiseoldlady

      The spoiled brat needs to appreciate he was adopted and lucky enough to play ball and make money of which he could be helping others. His DISRESPECT is apprehensible.

      Liberalism is a mental disorder.

      • wiseoldlady

        BTW my comment tends to be the standard and aligned with commenters on other web sites as well. I read NO positive about what he did……..except for DD which stands against all logic.

    • pulltabjunkie

      He’s only half black, so maybe he should just stand on one leg during the anthem. I am sooooo tired of hearing about black oppression. This is just a stupid psyop directed by his handlers. BOORRRIINNNG!

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