49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem has sparked a national debate. While some support his protest, others condemn his actions as anti-American.
But is it possible to view Kaepernick’s resistance not as anti-American, but uniquely American? Temple’s own Ralph Young suggests as much.
“He’s absolutely fully within the long American tradition of dissent,” says the history professor, whose classes have become the stuff of legend for liberal arts students. “There hasn’t been a year in 400 years of American history when people, first in the colonies, and then in the United States, did not express their dissent in some way or another.”