WATCH: American pride and patriotism is at an all time low
U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe said she will “probably never sing the national anthem again” right before Team USA defends their title at the World Cup in France.
Megan has seen the wonders of America first hand. She has risen all the way to the top of her field through what must have been a lot of hard work. America is the freest, fairest, and most prosperous to ever live. Why disrespect the country and the anthem by kneeling? We should want every country in the world to be more like America, not less. This poor woman is deeply confused.
From Fox News:
Rapinoe, who was the first white athlete to kneel during the national anthem before a sporting event following former NFL star Colin Kaepernick’s decision in 2016, revealed in a lengthy interview with Yahoo Sports the backlash she received over her choice to take a knee.
Rapinoe said she wasn’t satisfied with the conversation that stemmed from her decision to kneel during the anthem. She expressed her displeasure with U.S. soccer’s statement about the kneeling controversy and the federation’s decision to adopt a rule requiring players to “stand and honor the flag.”
“Using this blanketed patriotism as a defense against what the protest actually is was pretty cowardly. I think the NFL does it,” she told Yahoo Sports. “I felt like the statement from U.S. Soccer, and then the rule they made without ever talking to me, that was the same as what the NFL was doing – just to not have the conversation, to try to just stop me from doing what I’m doing instead of at least having a conversation, and trying to figure out a [solution] that makes sense for everyone.”
While she will still represent the U.S. in their effort to win another World Cup, Rapinoe called herself a “walking protest” she believes the Trump administration doesn’t “value all American equally.”
“I feel like it’s kind of defiance in and of itself to just be who I am and wear the jersey, and represent it,” Rapinoe told the website. “Because I’m as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don’t get to tell me if I can be here or not. So it’s kind of a good ‘F you’ to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the administration might have towards people who don’t look exactly like him. Which, God help us if we all looked like him. Scary. Really scary. Ahh, disturbing.”
Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem before her match against the Chicago Red Stars in 2016. She called her act a “little nod” to Kaepernick and “everything that he’s stranding for right now.”
So let me get this straight. You respect Kaepernick, who wears socks calling police officers pigs, but you hate Trump because he stands for white supremacy? Think how much you have to do mental gymnastics for that to be your world view. You literally have to ignore all the facts around you.
And Trump is considered racist in her mind? Read a freaking book.
She recalled to Yahoo Sports that the whole controversy “wasn’t super easy for me.”
“I think that was a really good lesson for me: This is what it’s going to take for things to change, norms to change, conventions to change, to try to break down white supremacy and break down racial bias,” she said. “It’s going to take it being hard. For everyone. … That really resonated with me.”