Actions speak louder than words. Not too long ago, little white kids in this country were saying “I pledge allegiance to the flag…with liberty and justice for all,” while black people were being lynched outside at that very moment. Also, some of these people in our country have a lot of nerve glorifying the military after the United States and its NATO servant states set the Middle East on fire and created utter chaos in multiple countries.

#SupportKaep #SitOutTheAnthem

On Respect for the Flag

From my father’s Facebook (Fred Aranas)– commenting on the Kaepernick situation:

Did he burn the flag? Stomp on it? No, he just sat quietly on the bench. Do you realize how many people disrespect our flag by letting it fly in the rain, wearing it on their behinds and heads, and by not raising it at 6 am and not taking it down at 6 pm? And those who have tattered flags hanging on their homes or cars, if you can’t afford a new flag, then don’t fly one. Finally, if any of you are planning to burn your Kaepernick jerseys, don’t waste them, just send them to me, because he’s the Man!

— Fred Aranas, August 30th 2016, 6:29 pm

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The Man

After watching all the hatefulness and rage expressed by Americans burning Kaepernick’s jersey on YouTube, I thought of this video. People can be so hateful, and they need a scapegoat.  Keep protesting and speaking out Colin!

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 intelligence 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.