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Letter: First Amendment is our only protection now

To the Editor:

I believe firmly in the First Amendment.

It is our only protection from all the right-wing influence now. I personally would like to see the players stand, but also sing the national anthem.

They almost never do that, but I respect someone who does and I greatly respect the team owners who stand (or kneel) with their players in solidarity.

I don’t like the kneeling in sports, but I respect their right to do so and to take the consequences as Kaepernick has.

As an elderly white woman, I haven’t experienced the discrimination that is a fact of life for young black males, but I do have a moral empathy.

Empathy is a characteristic that is sorely lacking in Trump and his base, but a characteristic to which civilized, evolved nations and their citizens should aspire.

Unfortunately, greed is the predominant characteristic of that group. Money is the great determiner in our present greedy atmosphere. Football players do receive inordinate salaries, but they are risking concussions for our “entertainment.”

On the other hand I would also be OK if they didn’t begin every event with the national anthem. After living in South America as a Peace Corps volunteer for many years I formed the opinion that the country with the most overt nationalism is the country with the highest inferiority complex.

I don’t remember all this flag waving in the U.S. when I was growing up. Maybe we didn’t need it then.

Cheryl Arevalo


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