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Why Privileged Soccer Player Won't Sing National Anthem

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    As she wrote weeks after she first knelt, her protest was about "over-policing" and "racial profiling," about "ensur[ing] that freedom is afforded to everyone in this country."

    Her refusal to sing the anthem is essentially an extension of that. U.S. Soccer eventually adopted a rule prohibiting players from kneeling before national team games. Rapinoe, who calls the rule “cowardly” and “backwards,” now clasps her hands behind her back and stares straight ahead, expressionless, instead.

    "I haven't experienced police brutality, or racism, in that way," she told Yahoo Sports of the inspiration for her protests. "But knowing that it obviously happens, and knowing that it's a very real thing, and that there's something I can do to lend to that movement, or lend to those voices, or to support them, that's important. You don't have to understand everything fully in a personal way. That's impossible. But that doesn't mean it's not the right thing. It doesn't mean that you can't believe what people are saying."

    Rapinoe believes them, and believes many problems at the crux of Kaepernick’s protest remain unsolved. Which is why she no longer sings.

    Back in October, during our first interview for the feature, I asked her what, if anything, could compel her to sing again.

    "It would take a lot," she responded. "It would take criminal justice reform. It would take the huge inequality gap that we have to be much better. It would take a lot of progress in LGBTQ rights. We just have such a disparity in this country in so many different ways, inequality in so many different ways."

    And that is why, as she told Yahoo Sports: "I'll probably never put my hand over my heart. I'll probably never sing the national anthem again."
    Rapinoe is a millionaire, courtesy of getting to make a generous living playing a game kids play in school (along with perks that go with it).

    People can believe there are problems to solve...but this *dystopian USA, nothing to feel proud about* fad amongst the progressive crowd makes for absurdity. Part of it is a thirst for attention, I am sure too. Like from press.

    One may be reminded when Michelle Obama had said her husband's ascent in presidential politics as the first time she felt proud of her country.

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    It is a parental cultural malfunction.
    These houses where the babies get treated like queens and start soccer before grade school. The babies are pampered.
    Filial centric model. Life revolves around the brats.