The national anthem controversies continue.
The National Anthem has been making headlines in the media lately. Not because we are feeling especially patriotic because of the the momentous anniversary of 9/11 this past weekend, but because some athletes have been using the National Anthem has an opportunity to protest.
The protest, against the treatment of minorities, started with football player Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the National Anthem before his game. Then yesterday, on the anniversary of 9/11, before a game between the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks, Dolphins’ players Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Kenny Stills and Michael Thomas all took a knee during the anthem.
The protests have evoked all kinds of responses, from the football organizations and President Obama supporting the rights of the players to freedom of speech (thanks, Merica!) to others who see the act as deeply disrespectful.
The point is, the controversy surrounding the National Anthem as stirred up a lot of emotions. And those emotions certainly spilled over in one small town in Florida.
A young girl was slapped when she didn’t put her hand over her heart when the National Anthem was being played.