2017-10-04 / Londonderry / Opinion

An open letter to the NFL:

To the Editor,

I am a football fan — I can't wait every year for the season to start. This year, I am ready to give up watching the games and endorsing the sponsors because of "taking a knee."

On Sept. 1, 2016, Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the singing of our national anthem during a pre-season game against the San Diego Chargers. His reasoning was he was protesting police brutality against African-Americans and other minorities. And disrespecting the flag, and what it stands for, proves what?

If you want to make a stand on "social injustice," then choose to be a positive influence for change, not inciting negativity and division among people. What has Kaepernick done to promote this platform? Nothing positive that I have heard. Mr. Kaepernick and all the NFL players, coaches and owners that have taken a knee or put up a fist during our national anthem — before you disrespect our flag, the freedoms it stands for, the men and women that have died to protect this country — put on a uniform, pick up a gun, and go spend some time on the front lines in Iraq or Afghanistan. Better yet, put on a police uniform and shield and go to Washington Heights in Chicago and try to "cure social injustice."

There are better ways to be a positive influence. If this behavior continues through the season, I'm sure I will not be the only fan to give up this game. We are Americans — we should not be disrespecting the symbol that shows how great a country we are.

And yes, if you worked for me, you'd be fired. God bless America, our military, veterans and law enforcement. And I stand tall on two legs when I say that.

Lisa Brandmeyer


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