In the wake of the National Anthem protests, I’ve been inspired to create this website bearing my name, www.ezellharris.com. I first want to thank the former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick for touching a nerve in me to not just talk about why I disagree with his protest, but to write about it.That way I just might be able to educate those who are truly interested in this former U.S. Army Military Policeman’s viewpoint on the NFL’s National Anthem protests.
Without question, kneeling or sitting down during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is an act of disrespect not only to the American flag, but also to the countless men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and liberty. End of debate.
The whole thing going on with unemployed Colin Kaepernick is a smoke screen. The real issue isn’t so much that he purposefully meant to disrespect the American flag. But rather, Kaepernick needed to do something to spark a firestorm issue such as the NFL has never seen before. Kaepernick’s kneeling or sitting down during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” it really about challenging white supremacy, ultimate white authority, white ownership of NFL teams.