Bright stars, through the perilous fight

At a CU football game last year, during the National Anthem, I looked up into the crowd and spotted two people sitting alone. They were both black, in their forties, and I found myself looking at them as the band played and questions rushed through my mind.

What must it be like to sit in a stadium where everyone else stands?

What would you have to believe to put yourself in that position?

What precedent in our country allows you to do this?

Will I rush over to defend them if they are harassed?

It was this last question that gave me pause. Although no one approached them, I wanted to think that I would have raced over to them if they had been spotted. It wasn’t until later that I knew why I felt that way.

Dissent, in America, is still patriotic.

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