And demonstrates a somewhat superficial sense of history, at best. “There’s nothing sacred about the national anthem because the Constitution has a wall between the sacred and secular work of the state,” Randal Maurice Jelks, professor of African & African-American studies and history at the University of Kansas, claims. We wish he would show us where.
“The pressure that NFL owners have received from the POTUS is bothersome to them, I am sure, but the action they’ve taken to economically penalize players for taking a knee is an alarming trend of authoritarianism,” the author of several books asserts. Maybe the authority they consulted were the increasingly empty seats at their games.
“This does not seem in keeping with the Bill of Rights or dissent,” Jelks, an ordained minister, says. But is it in keeping with contract law?