Please Stand and Remove Your Hats
Start writing a post

Please Stand and Remove Your Hats

We are the land of the free, because of the brave.

Please Stand and Remove Your Hats

I already know this is going to spark some controversy, but quite frankly I don't care. I will not apologize for my opinion.

After the events of this weekend, I cannot bite my tongue on this issue any longer. While I totally get that it is the first amendment right of the players to not participate in the National Anthem, I find it extremely disrespectful. There are men and women who have lost their limbs, minds and lives for those athletes to have the right to even play for their teams, take a knee or not even show up. To me, that in itself makes me stand up. It makes me put my hand over my heart and be thankful that I am fortunate enough to be living in a country that allows me freedoms.

I understand that there are racial and political divides going on in this country. But no amount of political divide or racial inequality will ever make me turn my back on America. There are people in countries that have it SO much worse. Not to mention, by them taking a knee they are creating a whole new controversy and taking away from the actual issue at hand. People for get about what they are actually protesting and focus on a new issue.

I also find the President of the United States to be extremely disrespectful as well. He needs to put down his phone, stop tweeting, and actually address pressing issues such as....I don't know maybe the fact that North Korea is saying that we have declared war on them? He also cannot "fire" entire football teams and infringe on people's rights.

I think this whole thing is just a big mess. How did we get to the point that politics is now interfering with sports and what is supposed to be a fun activity to watch? I think there are other ways for athletes to show their support. They can do it elsewhere. The field or court is their place of employment. You don't see me at work blasting my political view points. There is a time and place for that.

So, to reiterate, I get that this is their right. I get that they are PEACEFULLY protesting. I still, however, cannot support it. The National Anthem and flag represent America as a whole. They don't represent the President. They represent the 300 million plus Americans. I will continue to support our troops and what America stands for.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

2026: the year the Fifa World Cup Returns to North America

For the first time since 1994 the United States will host a world cup (for men's soccer)

2026: the year the Fifa World Cup Returns to North America
Skylar Meyers

The FIFA World Cup is coming to North American in 2026!

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

An Open Letter to Winter

Before we know it April will arrive.


Dear Winter,

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

6 Questions To Ask Yourself When Cleaning Up Your Room

This holiday break is the perfect time to get away from the materialistic frenzy of the world and turn your room into a decluttered sanctuary.


Cleaning isn’t just for spring. In fact, I find school’s holiday break to be a very effective time for decluttering. You’re already being bombarded by the materialistically-infatuated frenzy of society’s version of Christmas, Hanukah, etc. It’s nice to get out of the claustrophobic avarice of the world and come home to a clean, fresh, and tidy room. While stacking up old books, CDs, and shoes may seem like no big deal, it can become a dangerous habit. The longer you hang onto something, whether it be for sentimental value or simply routine, it becomes much harder to let go of. Starting the process of decluttering can be the hardest part. To make it a little easier, get out three boxes and label them Donate, Storage, and Trash. I'm in the middle of the process right now, and while it is quite time consuming, it is also so relieving and calming to see how much you don't have to deal with anymore. Use these six questions below to help decide where an item gets sorted or if it obtains the value to stay out in your precious sanctuary from the world.

Keep Reading... Show less

Why I Don't Write (Or Read) An "Open Letter To My Future Husband/Wife"

Because inflated expectations and having marriage as your only goal are overrated.

Urban Intellectuals

Although I have since changed my major I remember the feverish hysteria of applying to nursing school--refreshing your email repeatedly, asking friends, and frantically calculating your GPA at ungodly hours of the night. When my acceptance came in I announced the news to friends and family with all the candor of your average collegiate. I was met with well wishes, congratulations, and interrogations on the program's rank, size, etc. Then, unexpectedly, I was met with something else.

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Meet the creators making their voices heard on Odyssey.

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week
Why I Write On Odyssey

At Odyssey, we're on a mission to encourage constructive discourse on the Internet. That's why we created the response button you can find at the bottom of every article.

Last week, our response writers sparked some great conversations right here on our homepage. Here are the top three response articles:

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments