The flag code of conduct is for military personnel only. President Woodrow Wilson signing an executive order in 1916 designating it as “the national anthem of the United States” for all military ceremonies. It was first used in sports at the 1924 Olympics. Here's a link to the history of sports from Time, and from Political Facts. In the flag code of conduct, no one shall wear the flag as clothing. But yet people do. Do you stand at home when it is played? Here's a Snopes piece on the NFL and the National Anthem.
This isn't about the military, this is about police brutality, the militarization of cops, and the injustice of our justice system that favors rich people and casts aside poor people, especially All peoples of color. ( I was a poor person when I got my felony, I know first-hand what it's like to deal with this) This was to get people to talk and take a hard look at our history. I've lived in the south for 5 years now. I have now seen first hand what the system has done to black American's. This isn't about slavery, it's about everything else that happened after. it's about Jim Crow laws and the monuments that were erected during that period to oppress people of color.
I am in no way an expert in this field, but I have extensively done research in the history of black Americans. I see first hand what people do to people of color. I see the segregation. I see it. I live it. Here's a podcast called Stuff You Missed in History. This link will take you to their tags of black history.
So instead of yelling at the NFL for this, ask why? What can you do to make this world a better place? Instead of yelling and being overly patriotic, figure out why a black man may not be overly patriotic. Ask why blacks live in different neighborhoods. Ask why there are Historically Black Colleges. Ask why there's so much gang violence. Ask questions, seek knowledge. Come at this with compassion and understanding. our country is so divided right now. We should be standing in unity, not flinging shit at each other.
Nate and I talked about this, we see it differently, but in our difference, we came together and thought of ways we could do to support one another's ideas. Maybe, we should do away with it at sporting events, and during that time, talk about the history of black Americans. Spotlight Lanios that have done great things. Or the black women who took a seat when she was told to get up(there's more that one). The Japanese American's who were forced out of their homes. The people who were targeted by Joseph McCarthy. I could go on and on about things to talk about.
Instead of fighting, we need to understand one another. Change is hard. It took awhile to change my stances on things, but there's something about living in the south and studying history that can open your mind.
One last question that was asked a while back:
"If you were in rural Mississippi driving at 3 am and you got pulled over by a cop, would you rather be a white man, or a black man?"