The NFL licenses one of these for every single team, in direct violation of the US Flag Code’s standards regarding respect for the US Flag.
If they can make money literally disrespecting the flag, they’re all for it.
I’m not the first to note this:
I stumbled on this crap the other day when a neighbor was flying a team flag ABOVE a US flag. It’s never been about respecting the flag. pic.twitter.com/X6s90j3v1S
— Raul Torres (@uz88) September 23, 2017
Since “disrespecting the flag” is still the narrative being used, this courtesy of the US Flag Code Chapter 10: Respect for flag
— HennyWise (@koopa_kinte) September 23, 2017
The so-called anthem protests happening in professional sports are not about disrespecting the flag or the anthem. The flag and the anthem are abstract ideas, symbols. They represent the ideal of a nation where innocent people aren’t gunned down in the street because they happen to be black. As long as this keeps happening, kneeling in mournful protest seems appropriate. Mourning for victims, and mourning for the fact that we aren’t living up to the standards to which we say this nation — this nation that we love — holds itself.
To me, that’s what this is about.
It’s only about the flag or the anthem in so far as the flag and the anthem are truly desecrated every time an innocent person dies in the street.
The NFL very may well be corrupt to its core, but not because its players are engaging in the most American of acts.