To the editor:
I feel the need to respond to the letter written in the Thursday, Sept. 22 edition of the Warrick Standard by Mr. Ron Byrley, Commander of the Boonville American Legion Post 200.
If football teams like the Miami Dolphins or San Francisco 49ers refuse to stand during the playing of the National Anthem, that is their right and they are exercising their constitutional right to free speech. There is nothing in the Constitution that states you have to pledge allegiance to the U.S. flag or stand during the playing of the National Anthem. I will not participate in pledging my allegiance, either, and that is my right not to. Before everyone gets their underpants in a wad over it, the military fought for that right to not want to stand, as well. There is no law against it and I hope there is never a law against it. Also, Jehovah Witnesses and Quakers do not stand for the National Anthem, either.
Perhaps Mr. Byrley does not understand the reasoning behind Colin Kaepernick’s protest. It is not disrespecting the country and when are police officers going to be held accountable for murdering African-American and Latino youth in this country? All people want is accountability of the police. When is police terrorism going to end? We need community control of all police departments in the United States.
There are a lot of military veterans and active duty military that support the decision of Colin Kaepernick to not stand during the National Anthem.
I will continue to watch the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers. I hope that my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers takes the call and will take a knee during the National Anthem. It is about time people stood up for what they believe in. We must be doing something right if people like Mr. Byrley are getting upset over it.