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When then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel in a peaceful protest against racial injustice, it was also a manifestation of one of the most fundamental “freedoms” in our country—the freedom to dissent. Since that time the NFL has received blowback from certain sections of its fanbase, including white supremacist in chief Donald Trump.

Haymarket Books posted this not-so-cryptic reminder of the history of fascism dressed up as patriotism.

The article Haymarket Books references can be seen here, and the text reads as follows:

German Football Club Banned For 12 Months.
BERLIN, Sunday
The Karlsruhe Football Club has been prohibited from playing during 1934 because the team failed to give the Nazi salute when entering the field to play against a French club from Nancy at Metz in December.
The failure of the team to give the salute is alleged to be due to the Frenchmen threatening that they would not play and the Germans would receive no compensation if the salute was given because it was feared that the spectators would riot.
All sports clubs were forbidden to take part in French engagements until the incident had been settled.

This was a big problem as the Nazi Party in Germany had very quickly made dissent illegal beginning in 1933 and absolutely by 1934. Any refusal to Sieg Heil was punishable. People like to say that there is a “fine line” between patriotism, nationalism, and fascism. But that’s not true: it’s a very clear line that’s moved again and again, in the face of obvious hypocrisy.

Those sections of our country that believe not standing at attention during the national anthem is an attack on our military service people have a very consistent criteria for how to “respect” the flag. The trick is, don’t be a person of color, and don’t talk about racial injustice in our country.

This is still a-okay.

Supporters listen as US President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana, May 10, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

This is just peachy.

ELKHART, IN - MAY 10: Supporters wait in line to attend a campaign rally with President Donald Trump on May 10, 2018 in Elkhart, Indiana. The line to enter the event, which has a 7,500-person capacity, circled the block. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

And this is not “offensive” or “unpatriotic.”

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: A homeless man sleeps under an American Flag blanket on a park bench on September 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. As of June 2013, there were an all-time record of 50,900 homeless people, including 12,100 homeless families with 21,300 homeless children homeless in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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