Let’s all grab a big ass cup of coffee and wake up. Here’s the deal. Our president chose to address this protest the way he did, where he did and when he did to deflect and to divide his country. Talk about enticing a contest of who’s the most patriotic of them all. It wasn’t a speech based on facts or anything relating to social injustice. It was a rally to say, if you love your military, you stand! If you kneel, you don’t have gratitude for those who fight for your freedom. All while cleverly overshadowing what the real reason behind #takeaknee is. What confuses me so much is the argument that no matter when or where a group of people choose to protest against something, it’s NEVER the right time or place. So someone, please explain to me, when exactly is it okay for a citizen of the United States of America to protest? Alone? When no one will see or hear them? Does that work? Gosh, one would think that supporting our very first amendment would label you a true American. And someone else, please explain to me the notion on why celebrities or athletes shouldn’t chime in on politics or social injustices. Excuse me, but we have a celebrity sitting in the GD Oval Office. So can we finally just stop with that nonsense? A citizen is a citizen no matter what their occupation happens to be. I’d honestly rather someone come out and defend their stance on being against a player kneeling using the argument that he/she truly believes there is absolutely no racism in this country – that all humans, no matter their color, are treated fairly and equally. First, at least it would appear that you have a clue as to why this all started. Well done. Second, I would assume you live off the grid, have no source of news, you know no one from a major city, and you do not read any social media comments in links pertaining to this situation. If you did, you would read so much racist commentary that your little, innocent head would pop off. I have seen some of the most hateful comments come from fellow Americans in the past few days, it makes me want to pack up my all my belongings, husband and Egon and move to an island in the middle of the GD ocean. And the funny thing is, if I put that on a thread, some folks would actually reply back, “Good! You don’t like this country? Move then! RESPECT AMERICA!” Ummmm, am I supposed to love and respect racism and hatred? I’m confused.
We need to put our feet in other people’s shoes. These comments online that I speak of – I get to read those safely from behind my computer screen. Imagine if that was your everyday real life. Experiencing that hate because you’re not white or because you weren’t born here. That would fucking suck. We’re all bitching about some players taking a stance on a world wide platform by respectfully kneeling…excuse me, are you, yeah YOU, putting down your Bud Light, hitting the pause button on you Fantasy Football, silencing the entire household including your phones and standing in your TV room, hand over heart every single freaking time the National Anthem is played? Well? Ok how about this one. Have you ever felt injustice? Have you once had to stick up for yourself, family and community in hopes for a better future? Have you ever risked your reputation, relationships or job because you just felt so strongly that change needs to happen….or else? Perhaps even if you don’t agree with these men taking a knee, you can open up your mind just a bit and wonder, “hmmm why in the world would they be doing that?” And maybe, juuuuuuuust maybe, realize that their life isn’t like yours. And for the sake of argument, being paid millions of dollars doesn’t erase racism, it just doesn’t. Maybe you don’t agree because you don’t know what it’s like to not be….you. I mean, some people are reacting as if they are taking giant shits on the American flag during the anthem. Now before you get your panties in a bundle, I support our military. Very much so. I just know this protest actually has zero to do with that. Now, I’m no sports buff here, but correct me if I am wrong. Do athletes not kneel when a fellow player is injured or taken off the field? I’m smart enough to figure out that they must be kneeling to show respect for their fellow athlete. Key word, respect. Some might even be praying for his well-being because those that pray often do so while kneeling, right? Have we ever taken the time to think, perhaps this sign of kneeling is not a sign of disrespect but a sign of respect for something many deem injured or broken. At this moment, we need to make America not hate, then we can start working again on being great.
Just because someone tells you to be enraged, doesn’t mean you need to be. What if our president said, “These young men are kneeling in hopes to change the future for their community and loved ones. To change America for the better. If you agree, that’s ok. If you disagree, that’s ok too. But they are kneeling for a purpose which they are doing so peacefully. It’s their right as an American.” Would you have reacted differently? And do you think the country would be more or less divided than it is now? It’s not like they’re turning their back to the flag, people. There will always come a point in our lives where we need to lead and not follow. We are not all going to agree, but in this country it is ok for people to respectfully protest for what they believe in and have the courage to do so on the world’s stage so as to be heard. Most of the time it takes more strength to show some empathy and compassion for such protests than immediate disdain. The arguing and name calling amongst the people in this country is absolutely mind numbing. My hope is for a leader to unite his or her people, not intentionally divide them. Many many people who came before us stood up or in this case, knelt down, for what they believed in to get us to where we are now. Let’s not go back in time.
The End. Peace.
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