Stand for equality
I would like to add my name to the list of readers who are glad to have Jeneé Osterheldt back in Kansas City and back to giving us insightful commentary in The Star. I am in complete agreement with her support of professional athletes who protest inequality and injustice by refusing to stand during the national anthem. (Sept. 12, 2A, “Don’t believe in protests? You don’t believe in land of the free”)
Not only is it undeniable that freedom of expression is a right in our country, it is also undeniable that racism has been and continues to be a major issue here. Protests by professional athletes reach a large audience, and Osterheldt’s comments put these actions in proper perspective.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were no racism, sexism, homophobia or xenophobia to protest? Our country needs to reflect the ideals symbolized by our flag and anthem.
I respect the right of professional athletes who have refused to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest. And in comity, I suggest that the NFL not pay those athletes in U.S. dollars.