Tom Sorensen

If you’re a super-patriot who opposes national anthem protests, read this

Super-patriots who oppose anthem protests by the likes of San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick (7) should consider the freedoms those protests represent.
Super-patriots who oppose anthem protests by the likes of San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick (7) should consider the freedoms those protests represent. Getty Images

Why are so many of you so troubled when an NFL player or a college band member (East Carolina) chooses to take a knee during the national anthem? I wouldn’t do it, but it has nothing to do with me. One of the beauties of living in this country is the freedom do express yourself, and to do it on the stage you’re provided is absolutely your prerogative.

Sometimes we seem to have a contest to see who can purport to be the biggest super-patriot. To contend, you probably should acknowledge that others have the right to respond to the anthem in a method they find appropriate.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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