Sort of funny in a way. Football players kneel as a sign of respect, it is their culture, how they are taught at a very young age. So in their minds, kneeling for the anthem is a respectful protest. To others that are not from that culture, or just see spoiled rich people being paid too much to play a game, they perceive it as disrespectful. To a "redneck" to use your term. The confederate flag is a symbol of southern pride, southern culture, not a symbol of racism. To a black individual or the libs, it is a symbol of racism, slavery, disrespect.
This entire thing is all about unity and respecting others and such, but no one is bothering to see any of it from the others perspective. They are all saying the same BS, same coin, just coming from different sides and neither, can see anything other then through their own lenses.