There's plenty of NFL crybabies taking knees or sitting out the national anthem in protest of a country that has provided them both opportunity and success. College players and even high schoolers now have joined along on fields across the nation. But one college player refused to follow the crowd and stood alone in a recent game.
Connor Brewer is part of the Millikin University football team. His fellow players decided to hunker down in the cushiony safe space of their locker room Saturday night while the national anthem played over the loudspeakers. But up on the sidelines, Brewer stood respectfully. Columnist Todd Starnes received a photo of this patriotic moment from Jeff Hill:
Brewer declined an interview out of respect for his coaches and his team, Starnes said. That's because he is more of a man than anyone else on his team, at his college, or in the NFL.
In a previous game, Millikin players took a knee during the anthem and caused a huge stir in the community. This forced them to “forge a new path:”
“Rather than have our message be misunderstood or misconstrued, we are united in our decision to stay in the locker room until kickoff during which time we will engage in a moment of reflection to personally recognize the sacrifice of so many and renew our commitment to living up to those most important words: ‘with liberty and justice for all.’”
So brave, especially in light of the men and women who strap on safety equipment of another kind and face death each and every day to ensure their freedom to protest and not just a non-lethal opposing team. Indeed, the protesters felt not showing their cowardly faces was more respectful of our military:
“Please let there be no doubt that we have the utmost respect for the sacrifice made by those who served or do serve in our armed forces, including many of our family and friends. Therefore, it is our desire to do nothing that could be viewed as disrespectful of their sacrifice.”
It’s too late for that.
And right in step with the social justice warriors was university president Patrick White whose courageous neutrality pushed him to write:
“We all need to listen to voices and opinions different from our own and listen with our hearts and minds awake to difference. When the issues involve race and justice and differing contentions of what patriotism means, all of us can stand more education.”
Or you could show some guts and have them “stand” for the anthem because it's the right thing to do.