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Americans and Their Flags
Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, has created an uproar among football fans and others by refusing to standfor the national anthem. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said.
Why are national symbols, staples at many sporting events, so important to Americans?