By Lizzy Buczak

Should people be forced to stand for the national anthem?

One former Chicago alderman seems to think so.

Former 11th Ward Alderman James Balcer submitted a proposal to City Council asking that every Chicagoan is required to stand for the anthem.

The guidelines are similar to those in the U.S Flag Code, which ask military members stand at attention and salute the flag while the general public remove head coverings and put their right hand on their heart.

For now, the ordinance does not state a penalty for not following the ordinance so we’re not sure what the whole point is.

Standing for the anthem has been a hot topic since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose not to stand as a form of protest.

He openly explained he was not pleased with how the US treated people of color.

“No I wouldn’t think this is the direction people want the city or country to be going,” said Alderman Scott Waguespack about the ordinance.


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