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UT Chancellor Sends Memo to Longhorn Leaders Ahead of the Game

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Recently, University of Texas System Chancellor (and former admiral who constructed the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden,) Bill McRaven, sent out a memo to the UT presidents and athletics leaders of all eight universities within the UT system asking them to remind their athletes to stand during the national anthem before games. His request came after the controversy began concerning San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to take a knee or sit during the national anthem as a protest of how black people are treated in America.

NFL.com quotes Kaepernick as stating, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Chancellor McRaven, on the other hand, wrote, “While no one should be compelled to stand, they should recognize that by sitting in protest to the flag they are disrespecting everyone who sacrificed to make this country what it is today — as imperfect as it might be.” The Texas Tribune reports that he went on to say, “Those that believe the flag represents oppression should remember all the Americans who fought to eliminate bigotry, racism, sexism, imperialism, communism, and terrorism.”

The former admiral sent the memo to the UT system hoping that all will stand straight and cover their hearts during the national anthem.