By Tim Kowols
Conflict over National Anthem protests forced a former Door County performer to think about his approach to the song when he sang it earlier this month. Joel Kopischke has performed the anthem at least once every season at Miller Park over the last several years, but chose this time to make a small statement of his own. Before his scheduled date, Kopischke consulted with one of his friends about the history of racism in the United States. He says he decided to sing the anthem wearing the jersey of Jackie Robinson, who despite never playing for the Milwaukee Brewers paved the way for the integration of baseball in the 1940s.
Kopischke says when it comes to sensitive topics like the anthem protests, it is important to talk to people you know that may have a different viewpoint than your own.
The Green Bay Packers players and staff announced Tuesday they would interlock arms during the National Anthem before their game against the Chicago Bears Thursday night and have invited fans to do the same as an act of unity and love.