I have seen numerous posts and memes regarding the events that took place yesterday on the football fields across the country and it makes me so sad to see my fellow Americans completely oblivious to what’s going on.
I’ve seen so many people, my own family included, make posts and comments about how they are mad at the players who didn’t stand during the national anthem because they feel like it’s disrespectful to the flag and our service men and women.
I am more than happy to have a discussion with you regarding this subject and hear your opinions. However, give me a few minutes to tell you the truth about “Take A Knee” and then we can talk.
This all started with Collin Kaepernick. He did not start this peaceful protest to be disrespectful to our service men and women or our flag. He started taking a knee in response to all the police brutality going on in our country, which mind you have not stopped. He used his fame and platform to take a knee and bring people’s attention to the black lives matter movement.
Kaepernick originally 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. 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.”
I’m happy to say Kaepernick has won a small battle. People are now talking. People are angry over the disrespect and injustice our fellow Americans have suffered at the hands of other Americans. He was willing to put money towards the black lives movement, he was willing to lose his job over this and unfortunately, it took a disrespectful comment from Trump to bring the conversation back to the spotlight.
And let me remind you of a few of Trump’s comments regarding race:
Back in August, after the protests in Charlottesville killed someone Trump insisted that there were “very fine people on both sides.” On Friday night in Alabama Trump said “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say “get that son of a bitch off the field right now? Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!” Let me break this down for you, Trump said that anyone who peacefully
Let me break this down for you, Trump said that anyone who peacefully protests racism is a son of a bitch. While anyone that takes part in a protest that kills an innocent person is full of very fine people.
Now again, let me remind you these players taking a knee are not protesting Donald Trump, the president, the flag, our the military. They are taking a knee and standing up to bullies, racists, and standing up for one another. Peaceful protests can make changes and have in the past. I hope the NFL players, coaches, and owners don’t stop taking a knee or linking arms or staying in the locker room for the anthem anytime soon. I hope the people in power and with a platform stand up and make their voices heard.
I am proud of these NFL players using their platform to make a positive difference in our society. However, I would love to see one of these owners or coaches start the conversation to pick up Kaepernick. He is still without a job this season for starting this entire conversation.
I will say, anyone that thinks this is about the flag, the anthem, or the military is part of the problem.
This is a photo of the Steelers sidelines during the national anthem. They choose to stay in the locker room in peaceful protest.
I think it’s incredibly moving to see an entire team coming together to support one another and their fellow Americans.
Many players raised fists in peaceful protest.
Even those that did not agree or want to kneel linked arms to show their support.