Standing for your country’s national anthem is traditional and some might say simply a sign of respect. But American football player Colin Kaepernick has been refusing to stand for the national anthem as a protest against the plight of black people in the US. A week after staying seated during The Star-Spangled Banner, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback again kneeled during the anthem before a match on Thursday.
The BBC reports how his protest has been met with some booing in the stadium, plenty of criticism in the media but also some support.
NFL.com also reports on why Kaepernick decided to move his civil rights protests into such controversial direction after much consideration.
Do you sing along to your national anthem, do you feel the need to stand or do you just follow the crowd around you?
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, often gets into quagmire for refusing to sing the national anthem. He was heavily criticised by people in the media for standing in silence whilst God Save the Queen was played during a Battle of Britain remembrance ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral attended by the Prime Minister, Defence Secretary and scores of military leaders. Many people said he was dishonourable for refusing to sing the national anthem but Mr Corbyn later insisted that he “stood in respectful silence” during the remembrance ceremony.
Mr Corbyn is a pacifist and staunch republican, often calling for the monarchy to be abolished. Some journalists have praised his “authenticity” for not singing along to something he doesn’t believe in.
When some of the British athletes returned from Rio this August on a specially organised BA flight they nearly all felt the need to stand and sing God Save the Queen. I did say nearly all…
Here are the medal winners before their sing song: