Don’t get rid of an­them at games

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - OPINION - NEIL WILKIN­SON,

Is it re­ally a vi­able or de­sir­able so­lu­tion to stop play­ing the na­tional an­them at foot­ball games (“NFL should nix na­tional an­them,” Read­ers Write, Oct. 2)? By that logic, we should cease all so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties be­cause some­one in the crowd might find some­one else of­fen­sive or some­one’s cloth­ing, hair­style, or T-shirt mes­sage rubs them the wrong way.

It’s a safe bet that any­one has the po­ten­tial to of­fend any­one else, es­pe­cially in these times of hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity, mi­cro-ag­gres­sion, and hair-trig­ger faux in­dig­na­tion, but halt­ing prac­tices to avoid be­ing sub­jected to such hor­rors is hardly a vi­able al­ter­na­tive. Give some thought to ig­nor­ing things that up­set you.

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