A couple of years ago professional football player Colin Kaepernick took a knee and bowed his head instead of standing for our National Anthem. He did this, he said, to protest unequal and abusive treatment of African-Americans by police.

I somewhat sympathized with his cause because I recognized these problems existed. I had friends who told me their experiences of "driving while black." However, I strongly disapproved of the venue he chose to protest. I thought his cause would be better served had he staged his protest in front of a police station, for example.

Now Mr. Kaepernick is offended by the image of a Revolutionary War flag on Nike shoes. I think this shows his true colors. The original protest had nothing to do with police actions. It was all about his bitterness toward our country for events that happened hundreds of years ago. Those who are offended by the flag should probably take up residence in another country.

Shame on Nike for capitulating to his thinly-disguised play for attention. Nike took its name from the Greek goddess of victory. They show themselves to be a loser in my eyes. Meanwhile, I'll look for a T-shirt with the Betsy Ross flag.

Ken Ragan


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