In response to Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem in protest of racial oppression in the US,  a lot of people are talking about respect for the military– which they claim gives us “freedom.”

Please, spare us the fifth grade civics textbook cliche.

The US military and intelligent services are taking other people’s freedom from them and destroying entire countries. Take a look at how many democratic governments Washington has been involved in overthrowing. There are many countries that are democratic and free that don’t go around the world dropping bombs on impoverished nations. The US military has not been used as a tool for “our freedom” but rather as a tool for corporate profit-making.