I understand your position, but it denies the lingering racism of today. Racial profiling for example. I have a friend who tried to rent an apartment in a building in Centerville for months and he was always told there we’re no vacancies, only to later see others moving in and out. He’s black. He had his lawyer send them a letter and “something opened up” within a week. Black teenagers get followed around department stores by employees almost immediately after entering. Profiling by the police. These things still occur.You don't see kneeling in a non violent protest as creating poor race relations on the part of how whites view blacks?
Speaking just on a personal level, I find kneeling during our anthem to be a serious and offensive statement. As an employer I will go out of my way to help any individual who earnestly wants to make a better life but needs opportunity or education to accomplish that goal. I will not help those who are bitter against the past and believe I owe them an opportunity.
Would it not be better for all involved if we as a nation turned the page on past wrongs rather than continuing to make a public statement in front of people about how bad our country was in the past? Most every person alive today had little to nothing to do with the past prior to 1970, but we all can attempt to positively move forward.
When such outward statements reach high school sports, I will not support those teams that express themselves in such a non verbal manner.