Letter: Stand during anthem

To the editor

In his letter to the editor, dated Sept. 13, 2017, Robert Currie states that NFL players should voice their support for Colin Kaepernick. In case anyone doesn’t know Kaepernick, he was the quarterback who played for the San Francisco 49ers, and gained national attention by kneeling down instead of standing while the national anthem was being performed. His motivation for this was his view of the oppression of people of color.

Everyone has the right to express their views according to the First Amendment, but not standing during the playing of the national anthem is a disgrace to this country. It is also showing disrespect to all our service men and women; black Americans, white Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and all others who have fought for this country, and in many cases have lost their lives for the freedoms that we have. Sure, our country is not perfect, but if Kaepernick is so oppressed he also has the freedom to leave and move to another country. But what other country would pay him 19 million a year for throwing a football.

Robert Currie also brings up the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, and uses some strong words accusing George Zimmerman of murder. The Reverend Al Sharpton accused George Zimmerman of murder before there was ever a trial. Mr. Currie accuses George Zimmerman of murder after a trial finding him as innocent. I know our court system is not perfect either, but they have to make decisions based on the evidence they have. Unless Mr. Currie was an eye witness, I don’t know how he can make that accusation. For the record, Mr. Currie, George Zimmerman cannot be a white supremacist because he is half Hispanic.

Mike Johnson

Laurel Hill