There was a documentary on the PBS network in 1987 titled "Eyes On the Prize". It was about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The content of the documentary is still applicable to events occurring today. It's still available and those of you 35 years and younger should definitely watch it.
Recently politicians, owners of professional football teams, and others have attempted to change the issue of black people being killed by police into an issue over protests during the national anthem. It is a well crafted attempt to deflect attention from the real issue of black men being murdered by police, just because the police allegedly "feared for their lives". This fear was even being justified by the police when the person they "feared" was unarmed. That is the reason for the protests. It's not about the flag it's about having discussions and then efforts to stop the "MBP" Murder By Police. Videos have been shown in the past years documenting the murder of numerous black men by police officers. No mass nationwide call for re training of police has occurred. The city of Indianapolis has talked about starting Implicit Bias Training of policeman. Otherwise apparently it's business as usual for the majority of police departments in the United States.
It is very cunning to attempt to cover up the real issues under the umbrella of "patriotism", respect for the military, and "respect those who have lost lives in Wars". No one is attempting to disrespect veterans, so stop the lie that the protestors are purposefully disrespecting those who have lost their lives in past wars. The attempts to cover up the issues with patriotism and the symbolic playing of the national anthem shows that those who condemn the protest really could care less about the lives of black people impacted by MBP. Thank you for your honesty regarding your feelings towards black people. I would rather you go further and just come out and say "you could care less about a policeman killing a black person" rather than hiding behind a flag and a national anthem as you are doing now.
You are artfully attempting to get our eyes off the prize. You want to have the real issue ignored. Just know that we will not let the real issue be ignored. We will continue to protest, march, speak out and take action regarding the real issue. We will put a stop to the practice of police killing us because they can hide behind the "fear" card.
It is amazing to see how the patriots and anthem lovers never acknowledge that enslavement of black people, lynching of black people, racism against black people, MBP and other atrocities against black people really occurred in this country. Playing a national anthem before sporting events and having people stand for a symbolic flag does not wipe out the past or change the present. Fix the issue that is causing the protests.