Is there a reason that exists where you would sit in protest to the national anthem?
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In the first round tell me your reasons for why you would never sit during the National Anthem like Colin Kaepernick did.
To your point about leaving the Country... would you? Would you leave the country turning your back on a country that made you who you are and allow it to continue to exist as a country not allowed to truly be great because of this part of culture that is dragging America down? Or would you fight for the America you know can exist, one that truly allows all to be free, treated equally, and allow them to take their own path without being suppressed because of some sort of physical trait or where you were born? Lets say you want to fight for your country to make it once again great.
You don't know where to start or how to change peoples minds because they don't really care to talk about this piece of culture even though most also feel it shouldn't be allowed to exist. These people haven't yet realized how insulting this piece of culture really is to the idea of what America was meant to be. You feel it more strongly because you have a brilliant mind and your passion is to be a doctor so you can really help people instead of just entertaining them but you're forced to be a musician reduced only to entertainment unable to live your passion. You're grateful for the opportunity to make money and build a life for your family but you can't shake this feeling of oppression. You know others like you aren't allowed to fulfill their passion and have failed at their declared job. They could be successful in so many other areas but our culture doesn't allow them to be. You sympathize and feel for these people and you are willingly to do anything to fight for these people without a voice so they can live in a great America like you know can exist. You can't get the politicians to change their laws or views and when you talk to the public about this issue they just sort of shrug it off. They think you don't really care because you are a successful musician and most of the people that follow you also aren't that effected by this part of culture, but you know there are still a lot of people that are.
You decide you need to do something drastic you need to make a stand that will finally get people's attention and thinking about the change you know needs to happen. You realize that every time you stand for the National Anthem you are supporting all of what our country is, a lot of good things, but also this one terrible part of culture your determined to change. You realize that by standing for the Anthem your saying that you are ok with what America is right now, except your not. This part of culture needs to change and you just feel fake supporting all this country is when you don't agree with a huge part of it that degrades America.
Finally you realize how to fight for the an America that truly is great and your determined to make it happen. First you need to get the public's attention but in order to do this you need to shock them to shake them loose from their acceptance of this false America. You have a lot of fans and in your next show you sit during the National Anthem. People are angry at first and accuse you of not being patriotic, but actually its the opposite. Your so patriotic you refuse to continue to accept this false America and it might not be the best way but you sit during the Anthem to show your refusal to accept this false America. At first most people are still angry and can't understand why your doing this. But slowly more and more of your fans think about why your doing this and they remember that you voiced your opinion of this terrible part of culture that still thrives in America. They might not sit during the Anthem with you but they start making a conscious effort to destroy this part of culture they also know shouldn't exist. Finally after a long battle and hearing hate from so many people you see the change in culture that needed to happen and the America you believed could exist finally does and it is partly because of you. America still has some problems and some things you and other disagree about but it once again embodies the values that make it great. Finally you can stand again for the National Anthem with a renewed and far greater pride in your country.
I personally don't have a reason to sit during the Anthem, i haven't had an experience to do so. But it is in this way i could understand why another would do such a thing and in this way if I ever felt I was living in a false America I could see myself sitting for the Anthem in protest. And when i see someone else sitting for it I consider their reason, I may not have ever had the reason they do, but if their reason seems plausible how can I denounce it without ever feeling what they felt?
You said, "imagine most Americans don't feel this is fair, but accept it as part of social culture". Just because something is part of culture or tradition, doesn't make it right, moral, or reasonable.
Would I leave the country? No, my entire side of the debate is in favor of the USA, our National Anthem, and flag. Think of America as a large ship. Imagine this ship has flown the flag and played the National Anthem every morning for hundreds of years, ever since the ship set sail. Obviously the "government" would take the role as captain. The captain of today does not represent past captains, especially not the original founding captains. It would make more sense to protest the captain, as opposed to the Anthem or the ship itself. I may not agree with all policies currently in place in this country, but it's impossible to make everyone happy. However this doesn't take away my loyalty to the Anthem or flag.
Telling me what I would do in a situation, is not even an argument. You repeatedly said, "You don't know where to start or how to change people's minds". I would do what I said above, because that is what the Anthem represents.
Having "the opportunity to make money and build a life for your family", doesn't sound very oppressive. There are other countries in the world that actually are oppressive, and I would have no problem protest their Anthems.
Colin Kaepernick's actions were not "drastic" and have not succeeded in sparking national debate about oppression. His actions were attention-seeking and misguided. The Anthem and the flag don't really have anything to do with Colin's point. What if your best friend didn't show up to your father's funeral, because they didn't have a good experience with their father? Doesn't make much sense, but that's akin to sitting during the Anthem because you didn't have a good experience living in the US.
Lastly, what exactly do you mean by "false America". Just because you don't agree with all aspects of the country or culture, that doesn't make it false. It is the way it is, and it is not "true" or "false" depending on your personal feelings.
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