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To stand or to take a knee. It’s the hot button topic in America these days. Opinions, interpretations and bold generalizations are fanning the flames of controversy, and one of those generalizations just fired up NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski.

Brad shared a screenshot of a Huffington Post op-ed piece written by contributor Jessie Benn with an inflammatory headline that reads, “White Athletes Still Standing For The Anthem Are Standing For White Supremacy.”

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It’s an interesting read full of Mr. Benn’s own opinions, and it struck a nerve with Brad, who tweeted in response, “My reps want me to stay out of this. I CAN’T. To all of my friends and supporters, I support your civil rights 💯%. Please don’t believe this [editorial].”


The Penske driver elaborated in another tweet saying, “I #Choose2Honor our country and hope others do too out of my respect and love for a country that has provided us so many blessings.” And while the driver admitted that the United States isn’t perfect, he also said the blessings of living in America outweigh its faults.

Brad wrapped his comments with a simple and sincere plea to those who may be feeling swayed by the continued arguments. “Please don’t fall for the false narrative of choice between patriotism and racism,” we wrote. “It’s simply not the case.”

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Motorsports writer Fred Smith commented on Brad’s words with an interesting observation in a series of his own tweets.

“To think that is to misunderstand the protest, but to think that kneeling is anti-patriotism or anti-veteran is as well,” he wrote.

Fred then shared an interesting thought: “I would say it’s not only not a dichotomy, but almost unrelated; Standing supports traditional patriotism, kneeling supports a cause.”

This isn’t likely to be resolved before the coming weekend’s sporting events, if at all, but hopefully, there can be a peaceful respect for each other’s opinions.

A NASCAR superstar reignites anthem controversy with new Twitter rant  Tim Bradbury/Getty Images
Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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