Kaepernick, the Smithsonian, and the Lessons of History

The lessons of history are being reflected in the collections by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, if only we will look. Two pieces of cloth commemorating protests by African-American athletes have achieved the sacred status of residence there. At the time of Colin Kaepernick’s seminal protests that birthed the NFL’s kneeling crisis he was on record believing that the United States flag is nothing more than a piece of cloth. “At the end of the day the flag is just a piece of cloth and I am not going to value a piece of cloth over people’s lives.  That’s just not something I can do, it’s not something I feel morally right doing and my character won’t allow me to do that.”   Another former football player, Shannon Sharpe, has said much the same thing, declaring the American Flag -- the Red, White, and Blue -- to be merely a racist “piece of cloth” that...(Read Full Article)