Colin Kaepernick 

The entire country has been talking about a football player not standing for the National Anthem.

I have been quiet on the subject for days waiting to see what the conversation would be. On one hand, this is the largest dialogue I have seen on police brutality and people acknowledging that there is an issue. The other argument is that he took attention away from the real issue and made it about how he protested the violence.

Here is my truth. Carmelo Anthony got one mention in the news for his article, Jordan the same for his statement, the players at the ESPY’s overshadowed by John Cena’s monologue, and had the players from the Minnesota Lynx not been fined for their demonstration, they would have not been mentioned at all.

Kaep has had the news covering a real issue in our country for almost a week.

It is human nature to want people to believe and think like we do. We vote over it, we worship it and start wars over our own truths. One truth to most Americans is that the National Anthem and ceremony is sacred. Kaep made us question that and it is uncomfortable.

During the anthem at Cardinals games I watch thousands of people ordering their beer in line at the stadium, chatting with friends and being disrespectful for no reason at all. As a veteran, I am not offended by an American using his platform to peacefully protest. Maybe he should have chosen a different method to take a stand, but I can’t argue the effectiveness of starting the conversation.

#LongBall

Editors note: As this is being typed, this is the lead story on CNN.com ahead of any of the election coverage. 

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