The 'Liberty Bell' is recognized as one of those symbols that depicts, symbolically the stature of this 'great' nation. The image of the White House serves the purpose well. The bald eagle also stands as a image that seemingly portrays the values of the American 'character'.
And, there are other symbols such as the Statue of Liberty and the related message,
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,"
but the words of Emma Lazarus's poem don't seem to 'play well' in our present national climate of hating immigrants.
He has brought his team to a Super Bowl. His career numbers as quarterback are very impressive. His passer rating in the 2016 season was higher than that of 13 other starting quarterbacks and yet in his prime, he can't find a job. The only reasonable explanation for Kaepernick’s unemployment status is that he’s being blackballed by billionaire NFL owners.
One important lesson is how the owning class relies on patriotism to help protect and secure its position in society. The notion of patriotism is one that tells the American working class that they have a deep, common bond with the American capitalist class. This, of course, couldn’t be further from the truth. As being consistent with capitalism, the owning-class minority has driven the working-class majority into widespread deprivation in order to secure more and more wealth for itself. One way to hide this reality is to create an artificial bond based on geographic and cultural nationalism—patriotism.
Kaepernick’s act of rebellion was a risk from the start. The cost to him has been a stream of criticism and public blowback. But his courage has sparked a national conversation on free speech and what it means to be an American in the 21st century.