But others claim protesting is a form of patriotism. Bob Costas argued on CNN that American patriotism has become conflated with military might and symbolism. John Legend wrote in Slate while Trump "loves to drape himself in the symbols of patriotism" he "fails to respect the ideals at the core of our Constitution and national identity."
The NFL protests carry on in this tradition. They are not some arbitrary statement about a flag. They are a demand that we Americans make this country’s reality match its proud symbolism. They are an attempt to educate the public that criminal justice—mass incarceration, lengthy sentences, police brutality—is the civil rights issue of our time.
Many have shown solidarity with athletes who choose to take a knee during the national anthem.
People need 2 remember the American anthem means different things to different people. 2 some it shows Patriotism 2 others Unity #TakeAKnee