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Sooooo about the NFL thing. I'd say it's all a bit pitiful. Sure, the American flag represents all the people who have died for your country (which is first and foremost a bunch of hegemonizing imperialists who slaughtered the Natives of America and claimed the land as their own but let's overlook that for argument's sake), but the British flag represents the unification of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England (and later Wales after its title of principality became country) and you don't see Britons risking the lives of firefighters to save a piece of fabric. The NFL players have free speech as much as the rest of us do. They took a knee to oppose the police brutality on black Americans and that is no less important than standing to express your patriotism for the country who is run by a racist and whose laws restrict minorities from... practically doing anything. Exhibit A: wage gaps, police brutality, biased courts, etc.
I'm not *explicitly* saying America is crap - that's a subjective opinion and there's no evidence to support it any more than any other country. But the fact that so many citizens are literally attacking the NFL players and Steph Curry for their comments and actions is - in my eyes - pathetic. They have shown their nationalism for years and years and now they want to see a change in the country which is being corrupted from its core.
The lives and speech and power of those of today is JUST as important as those in the past. And I believe that Steph Curry in particular is an incredible person for being able to voice his FREE SPEECH as eloquently and greatly as he did. Respect for that good ol' stripy rectangle does not override respect for a person, the same way the president deserves no more respect than each of his citizens. -Chance 🌸