Power and Perspective By amber Lynch

Although not everyone agreed on whether or not it was respectful for Philip Malloy to sing along to the national anthem in the book “Nothing but the Truth,” and for Gabby Douglas to not put her hand over her heart during the Rio Olympics, they still stayed confident in their motives for challenging the status quo.

Philip Malloy, a tenth grader, decides to sing along to the national anthem during the morning announcements. His Homeroom teacher, who also happened to be his English teacher, called it a disturbance due to the past conflicts between them. This caused a big controversy of whether or not it was respectful and his true motives for why he did it.
The theme of this novel is to not let others influence your motives for doing what you think is right. This issue also came up when Gabby Douglas decided to not put her hand on her heart during the medal ceremony of the Rio Olympics after her team won gold. There was a lot of controversy about whether or not it was respectful, but she still believed in her motivation after she realized others disagreed.

The novel “Nothing but the Truth addresses the event of Gabby Douglas’s national anthem controversy because of the disagreement between their peers. It also both was addressing how to act while they were expected to respect their country. They both made decisions based on prior experiences, with Gabby Douglas coming from a military family and following their rules, and Philip trying to make a statement in front of a teacher he didn’t like. They also both won their arguments, with people eventually giving up on disagreeing.

“During the medal ceremony for her gold-winning USA gymnastics team on Tuesday at the Rio Olympic Arena, Douglas failed to show what many considered appropriate reverence. As her four teammates stood at full attention with their hands over their hearts, Douglas was slumped with her hands held casually in front of her as if she had just finished last.”

-Bill Plaschke, LA Times reporter

“Military rules obligate servicemen and women to salute when they hear the anthem if they are in uniform. Those who happen to be in an area where the flag is being raised must salute the flag. If they don't see the flag around them, they're expected to stop and salute in the direction of the music. Those not wearing their uniforms must stand and place their hand over their hearts. A 2008 law clarified that service members may salute even in civilian dress”

Carl W. Baker, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, said the ritual is about paying respect to the constitution. "One of the first things you're taught is that you have to stand at attention during colors, and look toward the flag and salute to the flag," said Baker who served 32 years in the military.

Colin Kaeppernick, NFL player, decided to sit during the national anthem during a game to protest against black oppression. It caused a big controversy, like what happened to Gabby Douglas. When asked his motivation for doing this, he said:

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," [Colin] Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

"This is not something that I am going to run by anybody," he said. "I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. ... If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right."

-Colin Kaepernick, NFL player

Colin Kaepernick, right, sits during the national anthem to protest black rights.

Some of the tweets in response to the event
Gabby Douglas's response to all of her peers.
Cover of Nothing but the Truth

Again, Gabby Douglas’s actions relate to how Philip acted during the national anthem because they both were “out of line” in the perspective of their peers but were true to what they believed in. Many people disagreed and showed their opinions, but both Philip Malloy and Gabby Douglas both stayed true to themselves about what they believed was right.

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