I’m an anarchist. Not a particular fan of any state, but I’ll tolerate America more than most, on balance.
Am I a patriot? Well, if that means unequivocal support for elections and the product of them, no I am not. If that means America as an idea and ideal, then I guess I am.
A country, territory, culture, or melange of cultures is not the state—anymore than a map is the territory.
Those who have been around a long time may remember Michael Miles. He used to have a health blog, “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.” He used to comment here. He’s also somewhat politically aligned with me, which is quite something for a black man, and I hate even having to say that. It ought to be completely irrelevant, but it’s just not. So I mention it. Because.
Here’s what he just wrote in a Facebook comment.
So far from my vantage point the only public/celebrity figure who has gotten it right is football great Jim Brown, certainly an activist of some note over the years.
On the intrawebs Richard Nikoley got it right from the beginning noting the real issue involved.
The NFL got political (why the anthem to begin with and military flybys and other such nonsense at *sporting* events) because it built the brand/bottom line. Now some players are responding politically also. But these things are baked in the cake so to speak with concomitant contractual obligations agreed to freely by all parties involved. There are no slaves in major professional sports. All parties *voluntarily* agree to mutually binding contracts that enrich both parties to the tune of millions and millions of dollars.
Govt, constitutional rights, race and wrapping the issue into respect or disrespect for the flag have nothing to do with it as far as the core issues involved.
Players are free to do what they want (in the NFL. In the NBA players *must* stand for the anthem). Owners are free to respond as they deem reasonable (including not signing a particular player). And everyone else is free to offer their opinion as to the goodness or badness of the behavior of the principals involved and even vote with their dollars by not showing up for games or otherwise supporting the NFL). That is how *employment contracts* work.
For the sake of the rest of us (especially employers), I do hope that never changes because the big stage of football didn’t react the way some people wanted.
TL;DR: You “protest” on your own damn time, not your employer’s or your client’s. If you’re a serious and mature business person, that is, and presumably, million-dollar contracts put you in that category.
It’s really ridiculous that you have a multi-million-dollar contract and you’re going to compromise and tarnish the brand value of your employer/client, and the trade association they are themselves contractually bound to by multi-hundred-million-dollar contracts.