Few people embody the contradictions of U.S. history like the author of the Star Spangled Banner, someone who denounced slavery as a moral wrong but rejected racial equality.
Before an exhausted crowd, Hendrix fused protest and horror with patriotism and optimism.
The controversy over Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem isn’t a watershed moment. It’s only the latest chapter in a long history of people trying to control how black people behave.
Like George Washington, Colin Kaepernick is willing to sacrifice for America.