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If it makes Lars feel good, wonderful. But it's over the top with

its self-guilt and shame. Lars was right about the flag the first time. And it's really horrible for him to write that "this country was founded upon a legacy of slavery & the murder of black people." Those horrible atrocities certainly happened, but this country was not built upon them, & Lars doesn't get a pass to write such a libelous accusation against this wonderful country. Our country was built on the aspirations written about in our Declaration of Independence, & our founding document--the Constitution---provided for the very means to end slavery. Our flag has accompanied hundreds of thousands of soldiers who have fought in many wars to secure our freedoms. Though we have shamefully not always lived up to them, the ideals represented by our flag---liberty, justice, self-government---have always been ideals worth saluting and unifying around. We can all celebrate today's increased awareness of our country's past wrongs & how they continue to hurt many of our fellow citizens without encouraging the hatred for our nation that we see happening today. Many of our young people, specifically including athletes, are now being exposed only to our country's past evils, as if they define all of our history. It is disappointing that coaches now are feeding into that narrative too. Coaches, like Lars, who write pieces like this & who are having these Zoom discussions with players, need to be more balanced in their assertions, so that their students are also aware off the immense good that this country has done, here & around the world. And how this is still the greatest nation on earth. I love Lars & enthusiastically support UVA lacrosse, but I am very disappointed that he has written such a one-sided screed. The kids deserved---and need---better.

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Posted: 06/29/2020 at 9:24PM


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