Somehow, the original American flag has become a topic of contention in American political life, with major Presidential candidates comparing it to a racist and white nationalist symbol.
The ‘Betsy Ross’ flag representing the original 13 colonies in North America was shelved from a Nike shoe design, who caved to politically correct and anti-American pressure in removing an original American flag-themed shoe product. The leftist company faced a swift backlash, with the state of Arizona canceling a planned tax subsidy deal to create a Nike shoe plant in the city of Goodyear.
Philadelphia Phillies all-star slugger and outfielder Bryce Harper isn’t having any of it, and broke out a pair of patriotic cleats honoring the flag in the July 4th game against the Atlanta Braves.
The potential hall-of-famer has broke out patriotic cleats for the Fourth of July before, busting out military-themed athletic shoes in 2016 that featured the insignia of the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard.
Harper’s decision to honor America and the flag differs greatly from the manner in which unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to commemorate the holiday, claiming on Twitter that the holiday had nothing to do with him.
“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? This Fourth of July is yours, not mine…There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.”
– Frederick Douglass pic.twitter.com/IWLujGCJHn
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 4, 2019
Harper put the cleats to good use in the Atlanta night game, raking in two hits and and RBI. The Phillies went on to lose the slugfest contest to the Braves, going down 12-6. To many, he comes across as a real winner, honoring America on its day of national independence when many spoiled athletes chose to disrespect national American heritage.
The former Nationals “five-tool player” has generally avoided politics throughout his career, but is known as a devout Mormon who avoids caffeinated substances.
Ohio High School Football Players Reinstated After Suspension For Entering Field With Thin Blue Line, American Flags
Why were they even suspended?
Two Little Miami, Ohio high school football players who were suspended from their team for entering a game while carrying the Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line(commemorating firefighters) flags have been freed from suspension, after community members expressed outrage at the punishment of the two young men.
Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams had been given an indefinite suspension from the Little Miami High School football team for carrying the two flags onto the field before a game, apparently violating a rule against political symbols. The two seniors reject the notion that they were making a political statement, and one of the boys had spoken of his intention to honor first responders, such as his own father, on the anniversary of 9/11.
Two Little Miami football players pay the price for civil disobedience. They were told not to carry onto the field thin blue line and thin red line flags at their 9/11 game. They did anyway. The school has now suspended them from the team indefinitely. #ThinBlueLine #ThinRedLine pic.twitter.com/19y9GAvaxr
— David Winter (@DavidWinterTV) September 14, 2020
After concerned parents and community members organized a protest event to stand with Williams and Bentley, the Little Miami School Board reversed its decision, freeing the senior players from suspension.
The President of the school board seemed keen to establish that the institution “supports police,” perhaps feeling the pressure from angry parents displeased to see the patriotic young men kicked from the football team for an innocuous display of patriotism.
UPDATE: High school players REINSTATED after suspension for honoring 9/11 first responders ==>https://t.co/i7hbJ7VLgr
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 15, 2020
They still might face some consequences, and reportedly team officials had commanded the players not to enter the field with the flags. Their punishment will be settled within the athletic department’s code of conduct.
College and high school sports teams put on elaborate displays in support of the left-wing Black Lives Matter movement all the time. Pro-police and firefighter flags are not a political statement by a long shot. This suspension never should’ve been issued in the first place.
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