Most of you probably heard that the NFL ruled this week that beginning next season players who don’t stand for the national anthem could be penalized and fined. I’ve already written about how I feel about the subject; I think the players should be allowed to protest peacefully. However, while it’s no surprise that Whites generally favor the new rule and Blacks generally do not, it might come as a shock that the group with the widest margin of those who favor the rule versus opposing it are Hispanics. According to a Yahoo Sports survey, 52% of Whites favor the new rule while 32% of Whites oppose the rule, and 29% of Blacks favor the rule versus 48% who oppose it. However, 49% of Hispanics favor the rule while only 19% of Hispanics oppose it. We can debate whether a rule that effectively requires grown men to stand for the national anthem is an accurate expression of patriotism, but the survey demonstrates something that not enough people appreciate and that is that Hispanics are among the most patriotic people in the country.
Author: Gary Acosta
Gary Acosta is an entrepreneur, public policy advocate, investor, and thought leader passionate about advancing prosperity for Latinos and other underserved communities.