COLIN KAEPERNICK AND A LANDMARK SUPREME COURT CASE, by Jeffrey Toobin (New Yorker)
The decision by Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, first to sit and then to kneel, rather than stand, during the national anthem before his team’s games has set off a national debate. The 49ers grudgingly supported his right to protest against the ritual, and other players have now joined him, while some politicians, like Senator Ted Cruz, of Texas, have denounced the defiant, if silent, gestures. The best answer to the anthem conundrum, however, can be found in the most eloquent opinion in the history of the Supreme Court.
And a concurring opinion: Kaepernick has made his fellow Americans think about what they’re standing for, and why.