Ultimatum: Standing up or sitting down for patriotism

Local hero takes courageous stand for racial injustice by sitting at home during National Anthem

Local man Dave Barnes took a bold step in the struggle for racial injustice this past weekend. While watching three televised NFL games on Sunday, Barnes continued to sit on his couch throughout all three renditions of the national anthem. Beer in one hand and a bag of chips in the other, Barnes took a bold stand in the protest that was started this season by 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, against racial injustice in America. This is the type of protesting that actually gets things done, and it’s refreshing to see someone like Barnes participate by showing solidarity with the players. While there was only one other person in the house, Barnes showed great courage by being willing to start a conversation on racial injustice in his own home. All of us can look up to Barnes as an example of joining in on a worthwhile cause! I know I’ll be sitting on my couch this upcoming week to show solidarity with Kaepernick and our new, local hero, Dave Barnes.


Local man spits in the face of veterans by sitting down during National Anthem at home

Dave Barnes, a nobody who is just looking for attention, recently joined in the protest started by 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, this past Sunday by refusing to stand for the national anthem while watching the NFL games from home. As the National Anthem was played through his television, Barnes sat in ignorance and complete disrespect for the veterans who gave their lives so he could be free. It’s almost as if he doesn’t care that we are the greatest country in the world because of our veterans, and there isn’t even racial injustice in this country anymore! President Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, freed the slaves in 1863 — over 150 years ago. I challenge anyone to say that there is still racial injustice when we haven’t had slavery in so long! Barnes and his ilk are continuing to bring up a fake ‘oppression’ that is going on by disrespecting our veterans. This next weekend, let’s all take a STAND at our respective homes for our veterans!

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