Veterans on social media are standing up for Colin Kaepernick’s right to sit down

There are a lot of people outraged at NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the National Anthem as a protest against police brutality.

Criticism of Kaepernick usually adopts the theme of his alleged “disrespect” for people in uniform. It’s a ridiculous line of attack which assumes that active military people and veterans are of a monolithic mind and are in sync with the mostly conservative-based anger directed at the football player’s protest. There’s also this notion that the opinions of military people/veterans are irreproachable, which reminds me of some North Korean-style military worship.

This Tuesday, veterans took to social media to show that their thoughts about Kaepernick’s speaking out are a little more nuanced than most might think.

Now, the #VeteransForKaepernick hashtag is making the rounds, letting people know that one of the main things veterans have fought for is Kaepernick’s right to “sit down.”

The commentary from non-veterans was notable too.

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.

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