Super Bowl LII is happening on February 4 and, as is a part of any football game, is a performance of the national anthem.
Well, to insure that basically everyone in the state of South Carolina is standing (and not kneeling) during the anthem, Republican Governor Henry McMaster has issued a proclamation declaring the highly-watched football event “Stand for the Flag Super Bowl Sunday.”
I ask that all South Carolinians show the world our state’s resolute commitment to supporting our troops by standing for the national anthem wherever you watch the Super Bowl with your loved ones this Sunday. #IStand pic.twitter.com/x5pK3zPNTO
— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) January 30, 2018
“I ask that all South Carolinians show the world our state’s resolute commitment to supporting our troops by standing for the national anthem wherever you watch the Super Bowl with your loved ones this Sunday,” The proclamation reads.
McMaster also referenced the number of veterans that live in South Carolina, and called the American flag “the greatest symbol of freedom the world has ever known.”
Still, the move on McMaster’s part shows that, like most people who have been against the kneeling protests taking place at football games, they don’t seem to fully understand what the protest is about.
As Colin Kaepernick, the one who first started the protest back in 2016, made it clear before, kneeling was to bring awareness to America’s mistreatment of minorities.
However, most of his opponents have simplified the protest to being about the flag and disrespecting the veterans that have served for the country, which now arguably includes McMaster.