Professional sports have become excessively “woke” during the Donald Trump era.
The anti-American anthem protest started by Colin Kaepernick activated many political mouthpieces across the sports world.
But one anti-Trump pro team just ended its anthem protest against America.
When Colin Kaepernick first protested the national anthem in the middle of 2016, the majority of Americans were against him.
However, the corporate press and countless left-wing organizations pushed anti-American propaganda where kneeling became a near 50/50 proposition.
One of the most political sports teams of the “woke” has been the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team.
Star Megan Rapinoe became the first prominent athlete to kneel in solidarity with Kaepernick.
Since then, Rapinoe has become even more political, meeting with Democrat legislators in Washington, D.C. after the national team won the Women’s World Cup but refusing to meet with any Republicans.
The national team also waded into the gender wage gap controversy that has been debunked for at least 40 years running.
The women’s team legal complaint about pay disparity was tossed out of court because they agreed to their terms of compensation, and they got a fair deal considering women’s soccer isn’t nearly as popular as men’s soccer.
But the entire team stood for the “Star-Spangled Banner” prior to their most recent match.
Teammate Crystal Dunn spoke on their decision to stand:
“I think those that were collectively kneeling felt like we were kneeling to bring about attention to police brutality and systemic racism…I think we decided that moving forward we no longer feel the need to kneel because we are doing the work behind the scenes. We are combating systemic racism. And we never felt we were going to kneel forever, so there was always going to be a time that we felt it was time to stand. I think we’re all proud that we are doing the work behind the scenes and it was just a game that we felt we were ready to move into the next phase and just continuously fight for change.”
The move comes roughly one month after fellow teammate Carli Lloyd was harassed by the media for her decision to stand while the rest of the team kneeled.
The team likely didn’t want to hang their teammate out to dry to answer questions about why she wasn’t kneeling along with everyone else.
When Dunn said, “We never felt we were going to kneel forever,” she brought up a point that many on the right have raised in a broader context: When will America no longer be systemic racist?
The activists on the left have no good answer because the goal isn’t appeasement; the goal is total victory, which means tearing down America’s free market system entirely.
If the Democrats are serious about unity, they need to stop promoting divisiveness such as disrespecting the American flag and other cultural touchstones that bring being together.
The team that represents America should not be denigrating the American flag.
Perhaps that message is finally landing for the national team.