UPDATE (11 de septiembre de 2016): Many other sports players have now joined with Colin in refusing to stand for the militaristic “the bombs bursting in air” US national anthem. GOOD! They’re now kneeling during the thing. Frankly, I think everyone should kneel or sit during that tacky piece of music. It’s best not to play it at all. I saw one headline saying that “patriotism is still strong in NASCAR.” As expected, they used the wrong word. This is not about “patriotism.” It’s about ugly nationalism and mindless US flag waving. There’s a difference between patriotism and nationalism and if someone does not know the difference look it up. Any idiot can mindlessly wave a flag or stand and mumble (because they don’t know half of the words) the US national anthem. Many of these so-called “patriotic” fools are the same people who don’t know the name of their own senator or representative in congress. They couldn’t tell you anything about the US Constitution, if they even know what it is while they go on bragging about how “patriotic” they are. They believe anything their corrupt corporate media television tells them. And the last line of the US national anthem is especially bull shit:
“O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”
WTF? Land of the free? That’s a blatant, bold lie. Where does one start ripping that apart? We could talk about protest cages at political conventions? Or racial profiling of fine Blacks and Latinos? “Land of the free” is utter nonsense in these Jackboot OBEY! days of rampant police brutality committed by out-of-control asshole thugs with a badge on a fucking power trip. And “Home of the brave?” Who still believes that nonsense? This is a nation where people are now afraid of their own shadow in the name of this phony “war on terror” nonsense? “TERROR, TERROR, TERROR. BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID 24 HOURS A DAY. BELIEVE WHATEVER YOUR CORPORATE MEDIA TELL YOU. BELIEVE WHATEVER THE CORPORATIST NEOCON IN LA CASA BLANCA/THE WHITE HOUSE TELLS YOU; THAT NOBEL PEACE PRIZE RECIPIENT WITH HIS 7 WARS CURRENTLY (THAT HIS DEVOUT GLBTQ DISCIPLES COMPLETELY IGNORE ABOUT HIM). BELIEVE WHATEVER THE D AND R CORPORATE PARASITES IN CONGRESS TELL YOU.” Can’t stand it. Chau.—el barrio rosa
My original article begins here:
Hola. US National Football League (NFL) player, Colin Kaepernick, refused to stand for that god-awful US national anthem when it was played at a NFL game recently. Good for him! He said: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color…To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder…This is not something that I am going to run by anybody, I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed…If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right…Until there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent in this country and is representing the way that it’s supposed to…I mean, you have Hillary who’s called Black teens or Black kids super-predators. You have Donald Trump who is openly racist. I mean, we have a presidential candidate who’s deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me, because if that was any other person, you’d be in prison. So what is this country really standing for?”
To answer your question, Colin, for starters this country stands for Hypocrisy, Lying, Corruption and barbaric US Imperialism worldwide and the killing of innocent people. The US has no conscience at all. It is a ethically bankrupt nation. And it stands for the wealthy/1%. The national anthem is nothing but feel-good pabulum for unthinking people who stand to mumble-sing it. And fuck you Trump if you think differently. Colin says he will continue to sit during the tacky (that’s my description) US national anthem until major positive changes along the lines he spoke about have been made in this country. Colin: I suspect you’ll be sitting during the national anthem for some time to come, if not years.
It’s good to see people standing for something, rather than being mindless, lobotomised phone-zombies glued to their phones. I don’t know why anyone would stand for the US national anthem or why anyone would play it. All it does is glorify and celebrate US nationalism, US imperialism and the Military Industrial Complex, such as “bombs bursting in air”. And the part about “our flag is still there.” Who the fuck cares?! I’d much prefer the US Constitution still being there and being observed. The flag is not the law of the land. Shouldn’t USans be singing about the US Constitution instead? I don’t care about the US flag. It’s just a piece of cloth. To me, it represents barbaric US Imperialism. Again, the US Constitution is supposed to be the law of the US, not the flag, but the US Constitution only applies to the working class and poor. The wealthy bourgeois elite — millionaires like Hillary Clinton and other D and R corporate parasites — are above the law which is essentially what Colin said in his protest (Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal; has la mujer/the woman told the truth about anything?). I’m non-partisan, I don’t feel the need to worship a corrupt cesspool of a political party or its corrupt millionaire politicians. I’m not a one-issue person and I’m not into shallow identity politics (“the first gay ___”, “the first woman president”, the first Asian ____”). I wrote about the US national anthem awhile back when the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus desperately wanted to sing the US national anthem — one would hope they would have higher standards/goals than that! — at a corporate sports event in San Diego. I did not support the Gay Men’s Chorus which you can read about here. Why would gay men now want to glorify war, US imperialism and nationalism? (Is it because their messiah neocon Obama/Mr Nobel Peace Prize with his current 7 wars is in office?) Gay men opposed all of that during the now-dead Gay Rights’ Movement years; we stood for peace during those decades. And why would any nation want a national anthem that glorifies killing (again, “bombs bursting in air”)? How lovely! (sarcasm intended). Isn’t there something more pleasant that the Violent United StatesTM is about other than killing, torture, murder and bombing? This supposedly “great nation” that chest-beating idiots like to go on about with its misplaced and ugly superiority complex couldn’t come up with something more positive and better than that?! Violence is the lowest common denomination. I also don’t understand why so many GLBTQs want to take part in the performance of or the playing of the US national anthem. (Well frankly I really do understand it: It’s part of now being conformist and heteronormative). As a musician, I would refuse to play the US national anthem. It’s also a bad piece musically speaking. It’s difficult to sing because the notes are all over the scale and most USans don’t even know all the words — that shows how little respect they too have for it — yet they get all upset when someone doesn’t stand to sing the thing. Loco.
It’s about now that some conservative/right-wing nut will scream: If you don’t like “America,” why don’t you leave? My response: Well, there are many countries in América — América is an entire continent you know — that I like, such as México, Argentina, Colombia, Perú, Brazil and others. I just don’t like the United States OF América (which I and others commonly refer to accurately as The Cesspool). As far as my leaving the United States OF América, could you kindly arrange that for me? And if you could expedite my request to fulfill my requirements that would be good, por favor, and my choice país/country would be México for the time being and to be with the kind los mexicanos there and also because México is close by and easier to get to. Although I would expect to still smell the stench of The Cesspool every now and then when the wind direction is correct. But do let me know when you have all the paperwork together. I wouldn’t want presidente Enrique Peña Nieto getting pissed with me. And muchísimas gracias to Colin Kaepernick for taking a stand against injustice and not mindlessly “going along with the flow.” Chau.—el barrio rosa