Inspired by Colin Kaepernick, a Bay Area high school cheerleading squad begins taking a knee during the national anthem, despite backlash from coaches and spectators.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem is sparking conversations about patriotism. In classrooms across the country, students are taught to honor the flag during their daily pledge of allegiance. Youth Radio talked to young people who are grappling whether to take their own stand… by sitting down through the pledge.
My dad grew up in the Reagan era, and he worked hard to raise my brother and I with the same brand of patriotism. He played us movies like Red Dawn, Rocky 4, and Top Gun — any film that featured Americans beating Russians at something.
After I learned my dad doesn’t vote, I was upset. I used to picture my dad’s love for his country like Rocky — lasting until the very end, no matter the challenge.