I’m a white male who served this country honorably and believes in social conservatism….Phew, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let me proceed.
If you own a television, computer, radio or any other electronic device you have inevitably heard about the racial inequality that exists in America.
Is it true? Absolutely! A person has to be blind, deaf or live in an area with one race to think otherwise. Prejudice in America still exists, but the real question is, what do we do about it?
I’m all for protesting when there are signs of racial bigotry, but I believe we should do it without destroying the work of other people.
By now you have heard the story of Colin Kaepernick, the famed 49er’s Quarterback who intends to sit during the National Anthem as a way to protest racial injustice. Is he destroying the work of others? I believe he is!
Protesting while desecrating the American flag or sitting during the National Anthem doesn’t give a display of respect to one group without disrespecting another.
Kaepernick says he respects the soldiers who have fought for this country, but I have to wonder if he really does. What about the black soldiers who fought during far worse social conditions in order to pave the way for a freer society?
Black men who went to fight in the Civil War because they believed in a united America where all men could be free, who eventually returned to jobs reserved for white men while the lower paying jobs were given to them so they could stay in poverty?
How about the thousands of brave soldiers who heeded the call when their country needed them while the world was at war who still were not allowed in the same restrooms as their counterparts?
I could go on, but you should get the point. See, to a soldier the flag or an anthem means more than a tangible item that represents a nation. It represents the ideology of that nation, even if the reality doesn’t live up to the expectation.
To those that have died in the battlefields it represented freedom; freedom from oppression, freedom from tyranny, and a freedom that comes to all men and women no matter the color of their skin.
To me, protesting during the National Anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance is an attack on the men and women who died in the battlefield while supporting something greater than a song or a flag.
Here sits a man who should get full credit for working his way up in a sport that has allowed him fame, prestige and riches. But my argument is that others died in the name of something greater…liberty!
Unlike the media, I’m not going to yell to crucify Kaepernick. It would be my sound counsel for him to travel around the world and see the many poor faces that starve or are dying because there is no effort to save them.
He might just find that while America isn’t perfect and we have a ways to go, we are still a nation that allows him to sit during the National Anthem on national television while collecting his million dollar salary. A right somebody else paid for!