Rapinoe hurts the fight for gender equity

7/7/19
 
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BY MARC A. THIESSEN, Washington Post Writers Group,

from Fort Worth Star Telegram,
7/7/19:

Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain of the U.S. national women’s soccer team, refuses to place her hand over her heart with the rest of her team when the national anthem is played at the World Cup in France.

She says she is taking a stand against President Trump. But she started protesting the anthem in solidarity with Kaepernick in September 2016, before Trump was elected, when she played for the Seattle Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Let’s be clear: Rapinoe is an amazing athlete. And she has every right to express her displeasure with the Trump administration.

But Rapinoe is not playing for the Trump administration; she is playing for the United States. It’s one thing for a professional athlete to protest the national anthem, but quite another for a member of Team USA to do it. Rapinoe is protesting the Stars and Stripes while wearing the Stars and Stripes. That’s not okay. Representing your country is a privilege, not a right. If she really feels she can’t show respect for the U.S. flag and anthem, then she shouldn’t wear the U.S. jersey.

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