“…Rather than recognize that the injustices confronted by our service members abroad run rampant on our own soil today, we say “thank you for your service” and get angry when football players take a knee. That is not patriotism.

Patriotism is recognizing that those men are taking a knee because our country is deeply flawed and that segments of our citizenry have suffered from systemic inequality for centuries.”

Perspective | Standing for the national anthem does not make you a patriot. Here’s what does.

In the United States, our armed forces pledge an oath to the Constitution, not to the flag and not to any individual leader. That oath would carry me all over the country and to some unpleasant corners of the world.

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