Don Petri writes, regarding Nike's campaign using Colin Kaepernick as a spokesperson, that Kaepernick's kneeling during the playing of the national anthem is disrespecting our fallen military protectors as well as those presently serving the nation in military uniform ["With new ad campaign, Nike has lost my loyalty," Sept. 9]. Petri is equating the flag with the military, but the flag is a symbol of liberty and justice for all.
My husband, a four-year U.S. Army veteran, agrees with what Gen. Wesley Clark, a four-star Army general who was Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, recently tweeted: "I don't see kneeling as disrespect of our armed forces or veterans. It is a statement about the discrimination, prejudices and injustices that still age American society." Gen. Clark further tweeted that Kaepernick and Nike were "on the right side of history."
Aren't fighting and sacrificing to preserve the equal rights and protections accorded to us by our Constitution in part what our armed forces are really about? Respectfully, Petri's loyalty should be to liberty and justice for all.
Katherine Sutherland, M.D., Winter Haven