We’ve all heard the sport announcer say “Now please rise for the playing of our national anthem”. The national anthem, the song of our country, is played before every sport match or event across the country, no matter if it’s a high school basketball game being played in a tiny Nebraska town or an NFL football game being played in the big city of Seattle. The national anthem has been a highly iconic symbol of our country ever since it was first written. Because the national anthem has such a great meaning to our country, it should be required to stand for the playing of our country’s song, right? Not necessarily.
When San Francisco 49er’s quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, refused to stand for the playing of the national anthem at the NFL game, it spiked some serious controversy about whether or not standing for the national anthem is truly a respectful thing to do. If it were me personally, I would be standing for the playing of the national anthem every time, no matter what. I respect our country and everything out country has done for us. According to the comparison article, Refusing to Stand for the National Anthem: Top 3 Pros and Cons, Barack Obama even said that the quarterback was “exercising his constitutional right to make a statement. I think there’s a long history of sports figures doing so.” So even according to the Constitution, it is not required to stand for the playing of the national anthem. Kaepernick was trying to make a statement and disagreed with all of the hate and racism that was occurring in the United States at that time. Not standing for the national anthem was definitely an effective way to make a statement that could be heard around the country, however, in my opinion, I feel that the national anthem and our country should be respected and shown that respect by taking a stand. The article “This is why you stand for the National Anthem” has some great points as to why athletes should stand for the national anthem and provides a basis of my opinion on why I, personally, will always stand for the national anthem.