I find it somewhat ironic, this movement to eschew the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s not that someone would exercise his or her first amendment rights to express their feelings about inequities in our capitalistic system. The irony is that the progenitor of this latest movement (craze, if you will) is a semi-literate millionaire whose only claim to fame is being a second string footballer who, were it not for the system he rejects, would probably be flipping burgers in some all night cafe in Boca Raton.
On that note, I have a suggestion for these sports figures who wish to make changes to bring equality to the downtrodden folk they seek to identify with. If you enjoy a multi-million dollar per year income why not do something positive for the less privileged neighborhoods you seek to impress with your protests. Take a single million of that income and invest it into the under served community of your choice. Buy a franchise for some needed business, an IGA affiliated grocery store, an ACE Hardware outlet or some other bricks and mortar shop that will uplift the community by filling a vacuum in the services available. Staff your business from the community, from the manager on down bringing not only goods and services but also jobs where they are needed. Worst case scenario, you’ll have a hefty tax write-off for your team of CPA’s to play with.
If I were a fan in reduced circumstances I would be far more appreciative of your protestations if they took such a positive course than merely watching you sit down, kneel down, lie down or moon the flag when the Pledge of Allegiance is being recited.