Colin Kaepernick chose to sit down during the national anthem to protest the treatment of black citizens in country. The protest ignited backlash and support throughout the nation. The flag, national anthem and other American symbols mean different thing to different Americans. For some, these symbols mean a great deal, which results in emotional responses when they feel the symbols are being disrespected.
Jeffrey Sammons, Professor of History, New York University
Bill Rhoden, Retired Sports Columnist, New York Times
David Stebenne, Professor of History and Law, The Ohio State University