Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the “National Anthem” sent a powerful message – to increase the volume and channel dissenting voices in the direction of a deaf (and dumb) nation.
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To gain a more mindful perspective on the Kaepernick controversy, one needs to dig deeper into the origins of the anthem. It was written by Francis Scott Key, a Maryland slave owner who championed America’s attempted grab of Canada from the British in the War of 1812. It was initially a “drinking” song slurred by drunken roadhouse patrons for over a century before it was declared America’s national anthem in 1931 – a cultural inheritance worthy of today’s bars, taverns, and fanatics.