Letter: It’s not the national anthem’s fault

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Editor,

Everybody these days seems to be virtue signaling, including Current in Carmel. Robert Baker’s “Reader’s View” about the national anthem is purely an identity politics tactic. How can someone so eloquently attack the national anthem with such disdain for the country that has provided opportunity for all? Including those high-priced athletes that elect to kneel. Most were handed so much in order to succeed.

Being a son of immigrant parents that had a sixth-grade and eighth-grade education, there was no white privilege but rather a work ethic and desire to make our family better. There were no excuses about racism or the fact that people didn’t like our ethnic origin. Or blaming anything else in the American culture.

My father joined the army in World War II and gladly served his country even though he did not have to. As a veteran, a flag was draped across his coffin. He deserved it, along with the playing of “Taps” and the national anthem.

I, for one, do not demand a change in the national anthem. The change we should demand is simple. Everyone should take personal accountability for their actions and not blame our American heritage or society, or a song, or a statue or a social media-generated issue, or some implied racial bias.

Chet Karpinski, Carmel



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