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BENJAMIN E. ZELLER – WHY KAEPERNICK’S REFUSAL TO STAND IS AN ACT OF RELIGIOUS DISSENT

This past Friday night, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made the audacious choice to remain seated during the playing of the national anthem as a form of political protest against police violence and racism in America. The response against him has been swift, angry, and in many cases ugly. A series of commentators—mostly in the athletic and political spheres—lined up to rebuke him. …

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SAM HUSSEINI – Why We Should All Remain Seated: the Anti-Muslim Origins of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

As several writers have noted — before and after the furor surrounding quarterback Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” — the national anthem is racist. Specifically, the third stanza: No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of …