Ravens players embarrassed the country

Oh, how I’d loved to have been a fly on the wall at Buckingham Palace Sunday (“Ravens national anthem protest — first in a series in NFL — draws praise, anger from fans,” Sept. 24)! What was the reaction of Queen Elizabeth II as the Baltimore Ravens publicly disrespected our national anthem but then stood for God Save our Queen?

As most people know, the Star-Spangled Banner was composed during the bombardment of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. It took place not far from the Ravens stadium. Perhaps the Ravens might consider a field trip there to teach the players a thing or two about American history. If the war had gone wrong, we all would be singing God Save Our Queen today. The historic irony is delicious.

If NFL players are kneeling to protest racial inequality in America, they might crack a history book and learn about inequality prior to the American Revolution. Back then class systems and royal privileges were entrenched and enforced.

There are too many protests against the national anthem these days. And I’m uncomfortable if not outraged when I see overpaid NFL team members embarrass the country. My suggestion is that until this childish behavior stops, the national anthem shouldn’t be played at football games. Other song choices must be in the catalog.

Roz Heid, Baltimore

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