Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talks about the team's decision to have some players kneel and some lock arm during the national anthem. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)
The national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, was written in our city of Baltimore, by a Baltimore resident, Francis Scott Key on Sept. 14, 1814, while witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor. It was about how the U.S. flag was still proudly flying (sorry NFL players) despite the British bombardment. It was set to music, and in 1931 Congress passed a resolution that it be the national anthem. Note, no Twitter in 1814.
Now, how did noted historian Colin Kaepernick make this about police brutality and racism? How could our Ravens, with Ft. McHenry a short distance from where they play, be so far removed from Baltimore history? Did any Ravens note before standing for the British anthem that the United States was a British Colony until 1776 and the British were the ones who introduced slavery to the then U.S. colonies? Did any NFL player pass history, or do the Ravens even know Ft. McHenry is close to where they play? Where is reality?