National Anthem Controversy

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. 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…

sleeping athlete

Here are the medal winners before their sing song:

Rio medals

4 thoughts on “National Anthem Controversy

  1. I feel that Colin Kaepernick has his own right to do what he believes in , although I also feel that the very least he could do is stand because the US is his home, and he isn’t different from everyone else. I don’t think its fair for everyone to judge him because no one knows what he’s going through and what he’s thinking and that it’s fair and it’s his choice.


  2. I think that Colin Kaepernick has a point not to stand and he should not be criticised for it as I don’t believe in doing things you don’t believe in. His peaceful protest is to get people’s attention to try and protest to gain equal rights for all Americans. Everyone has a right to an opinion no matter where they’re from so I don’t see a problem with his protest as no one is being harmed.


  3. I think that Colin Kaepernick has a fair point not to stand for the national anthem. He didn’t say that he didn’t like the military which some people were implying. It is that he wants equal rights in America and the rest of the world. And I think that he has the right to protest, because everyone has their opinions no matter what race or religion they might be from. And again he has the right to keep sitting down in the national anthem if nothing changes. and even the Veteran that he invited with him (Nate Boyer) was in agreement with him after the tweet he put out saying ‘Thanks for inviting me brother… (Colin Kaepernick) Good talks. Let’s Just keep moving forward. This is what America Should be all about.’ which show that he agrees with Colin Kaepernick.


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