Is Patriotism The New Racism? Bar Owner Tries To Justify His Hate Speech
— James Packard (@jamesspackard) September 26, 2017
Sloan wrote on the Facebook page, “You are also expressing hate, violence and continuing American racism under the faux guise of patriotism.”
Burle responded, “It’s funny to me that someone would look that far deeply into it just to find a racist link.”
Burle told KOMU the doormat is about standing up for himself and his family, many of whom served in the military. Burle spent six years in the Air Force. Seeing NFL players kneel during the national anthem didn’t sit well with him.
Burle saw no problem with placing the words “Lynch Kaepernick” together, Sloan said.
The bar owner told KOMU that his makeshift doormat is about nothing but respect for the American flag. Burle said he disagrees with NFL players’ kneeling during the anthem, but recognizes their right to do so.
“I commend them for what they’re doing, as far as the right goes. I fought for that right,” Burle said. “The same thing that gives them that right gives me the right to place these out here.”