In fact the reason the rulers hate protest is because it always has the potential to raise others consciousness. Protest is effective because it does cause folks, who aren’t participating to think on occasion, as…
I generally agree with your analysis of the new NFL policy, though I do think many (perhaps even most) Americans are extremely jingoistic relative to most other countries — and other developed democratic societies. This is true across socio-economic status. Love of money and love of country are not mutually exclusive in the eyes of most Americans. Indeed, they typically go hand-in-hand. Our overt displays of patriotism are consistent with a nation that historically and presently doesn’t have as much respect for democratic values as it likes to think it does. These overt displays (shouts of USA!, USA!, and flags everywhere) borders on what one would expect to see in a fascist society or under a totalitarian regime.
Quoting from my own article on this topic: “But there is at least one group for whom it [the flag] never gets lowered. We kill, wound, and incarcerate our black youth at a rate that would make any ethnic cleanser proud. The flag keeps flying high. If athletes take a knee in protest we’ll lower our standards of free speech before we think of dropping the flag to half mast to mourn that particular senseless loss of life and potential.”