Twitter user explains why #TakeAKnee is not disrespecting the flag
Ex San Francisco 49er player Colin Kaepernick sparked a movement by refusing to stand for the National Anthem, as a protest to inequality, racial injustice, and police brutality. #TakeAKnee was born, and this weekend was the largest show of support for a movement that seeks to shine a light on the injustices people of color face in this country.
There has been a lot of willful misunderstanding of the movement since it began. Those who wish to silence the protest seem to be using disrespect of the flag and veterans as the cornerstone of their argument about why sports stars should be forced to stand for the anthem. Let’s just think about that again: forced to stand for the National Anthem. Forced patriotism — that sure is American.
Never mind that scores of vets have come out in support of the movement — as have troops. Vets literally fought for our rights to peacefully protest; it’s one of the cornerstone tenets of America. Still, people who refuse to acknowledge that there is even a problem with racial inequality or police brutality continue to use arguments like “disrespecting the flag” as a reason sports stars should be forced to show their allegiance.
Twitter user HennyWise decided to point out what a ridiculous argument this is in a brilliant thread last week. In it, he breaks down the U.S. Flag Code, to illustrate that people who conveniently have a problem with “disrespecting” the flag right now, actually have no leg to stand on.
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
Let’s jump right in...— koop (@koopa_kinte) September 23, 2017
US Flag Code: Chapter 10.176C
“The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.” pic.twitter.com/a9niowcX5f
US Flag Code: Chapter 10.176D— koop (@koopa_kinte) September 23, 2017
“The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.” pic.twitter.com/z3rywoKDtO
Here’s a popular violation— koop (@koopa_kinte) September 23, 2017
US Flag Code Chapter 10.176I
“The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.” pic.twitter.com/OMNzTurFaD
US Flag Code Chapter 10.176I (pt 2)— koop (@koopa_kinte) September 23, 2017
“It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like...” pic.twitter.com/xHG3sypUrA
US Flag Code Chapter 10.176I (pt3)— koop (@koopa_kinte) September 23, 2017
“...or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.” pic.twitter.com/WVvQVjD6qG
Since it’s Saturday...— koop (@koopa_kinte) September 23, 2017
US Flag Code Chapter 10.176J
“No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.” pic.twitter.com/7R8sZmqcp1
Yeah, so… He also goes on to explain why standing for the Anthem has nothing to do with the flag at all.
Not covered in the “Respect for Flag” section; standing/kneeling/sitting. That’s considered a conduct violation, not disrespectful.— koop (@koopa_kinte) September 23, 2017
Nothing in the Flag Code explicit states you have to stand, just that you “should.” All the things I listed were outlined as disrespectful.— koop (@koopa_kinte) September 23, 2017
So yanno, if you want to point your anger at the flag being disrespected anywhere... the mirror might be the best place to start. Fin— koop (@koopa_kinte) September 23, 2017
This last tweet, though…
Signed,— koop (@koopa_kinte) September 23, 2017
A 3rd Generation Vet