A frequent contributor’s most recent submission headlined “Stars and stripes means everything” falls squarely into two distinct categories: 1) generalizations say more about the person espousing them than their intended target; and 2) patriotism run amok is a dangerous thing.
Let’s get this out of the way right up front — I love America. Period.
What I don’t like is letters to the editor espousing falsehoods and non-factual talking points, e.g., “our previous president routinely expressed disdain for America” (really?), and “Do any of the players know what they are protesting?” (yes, I think they do).
NFL players, their team owners (comprising the 1 percent), and millions of patriotic Americans aren’t coming together to disrespect the national anthem or our flag or those who valiantly and fearlessly serve under it.
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Rather, we are calling attention to racial injustice in our communities, and standing up to a “president” who sows discord and sadly sets the example of race and ethnicity-based generalization.
Taking a knee in Bluffton,