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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Support Colin Kaepernick’s rights against US jingoism

By សតិវ ​អតុ

America is becoming a divided country, between racial minorities and white bigots. We can see this with the Black Lives Matter campaign. A lot of black folks support it, but many whites do not.
An example of this was when U.S. Pacific Commander Adm. Harry Harris made a remark, at a ceremony in Hawaii to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that was clearly aimed at San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who has refused to stand for the Star Spangle Banner at 49er's games and recently he made the decision to wear a shirt with the late Fidel Castro on it.
“You can bet that the men and women we honor today – and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago – never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,”

Harris said, according to the Associated Press and Yahoo Sports. Of course he doesn’t really know what these people would do because most are dead and he has no right to talk for them.
He got a standing ovation from the crowd. But these are army people and way more jingoistic that the average football player or fan. A lot of other celebrities and players have supported Kaepernick, mostly by also not standing for the national anthem.
In the last few years quite a few black folks have protested the lack of concern over black lives by not respecting the symbols of US jingoism, such as by standing on the flag. We need to be as supportive of these efforts as we can be. One reason is that we really should support the Black Lives Matter campaign. The other is that it is time to create alternative culture to US white jingoism and the worship of our military. And we should be able to display pictures of anti-imperialist heroes such as Castro.
Those vets who fought Japanese Imperialism deserve to be honored, but that should not include trashing those who practice democratic principles by refusing to worship US imperialism, militarism and phony patriotism.

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