Starting with the 2016 football season, there was a lot of hubbub over players "taking a knee" during the national anthem. The reactions were divided along ideological lines. Despite all the information available out there, there is still plenty of outrage and doubling down. Let's take a closer look.
This started with the apparent ramping up of lethal violence by police against citizens of color, often those who were innocent or guilty of only the mildest of infractions (selling cigarettes, traffic infractions). The Black Lives Matter movement sprung up in response (which in and of itself generated and continues to generate loud arguments). In a show of support San Francisco 49s quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to sit on the bench, because he felt that the generally unsung verses to the Star Spangled Banner supported - rather than condemned - the treatment of non-whites as less than human.