Poor guy. One second he's just casually checking his Tinder matches, and the next he's gone viral for completely undermining everyone that truly believes standing on two feet during the National Anthem is the end-all, be-all when it comes to properly respecting the United States. Just trying to respond to a text in a timely fashion and all the sudden he's a social pariah that likely has the vast majority of the Facebook community scrambling to find it's feeble-minded footing. It's a shame this dude is undoubtedly going to face backlash. After all, what is more Patriotic than helping to hold an obnoxiously large American flag as you like tweets about how Colin Kaepernick compares favorably to Osama Bin Laden with an ode to the military playing in the background?
I guess someone had to bear the cross. I mean, with the amount of people ready to snap a candid photo at a moment's notice and the percentage of people that just mindlessly rise for the anthem like a frustrated kid going through the motions at Sunday mass, it truly is unbelievable that it took this long. Personally, I think it was well worth the wait. Some kid not even remotely considerate of what's going on around him as he barely keeps that oh-so-sacred representation of our country afloat? The backdrop of three African American football players who are standing at attention while simultaneously bringing awareness to important causes like inequality and oppression? Those that will unquestionably take umbrage with the latter instead of the former despite another innocent black man getting gunned down in the street as of yesterday? It's almost too perfect.
Symbolism seems to the overarching theme that everyone in adamant opposition of Colin Kaepernick - and those that have followed his lead - have desperately grasped onto. The flag symbolizes this and only this. The anthem symbolizes that and only that. You know what that kid symbolizes? The level of appreciation that 90% of people had for an antiquated song before a backup quarterback used it to remind them that even the best country on the planet has a shit ton of problems. Say what you want about sitting, kneeling, or raising your fist during the anthem, but don't say it's not infinitely more productive than what most of the people standing are afraid to admit they are doing or thinking about while it's playing.