To Kneel or Not To Kneel?

A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something OR to express an objection to what someone has said or done.

It is our constitutional right isn’t it?

On December 15th 1791 The bill of rights was made official and legal. The 1st Amendment says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The unsettling controversy over the #TakeAKnee protest and NFL owners response to it has shed light on our great nations divide. A protest that is meant to peacefully express disapproval of police brutality against black men and women, racial injustice against anyone of color, and against social injustice in America has become the talk of our country. The movement started with the Nevada Wolf Pack Alumni Colin Kaepernick who was drafted in 2011 in the 2nd round by the San Francisco 49ers.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said in a press conference after first sitting out during the anthem. “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.” – Colin Kaepernick

Today we live in a society that is judgmental of one another to the point that we forget that we have our own faults. No one is perfect, yet we pass judgement on our own brothers and sisters so loosely. When something as serious as the #BlackLivesMatter movement starts to take form and evolve over time and it is immediately met with disdain and disapproval, we have a problem.

My question is why?

Why are we so upset that this peaceful non-violent movement has taken life but not upset that innocent lives are being taken? Why are we okay with seeing black men killed at the hands of police officers who are given such meniscal reprimand for their actions. We know that it is not every police officer and that some are truly protecting and serving their community based on the oath they took. The truth remains though that some are not, and at an alarming rate so many black men, women and children are falling victim to this epidemic.

I was moved to speak on this topic because I am tired of my brothers and sisters falling to the hands of racist cops. This should not be tolerated by police officers of any race, nationality, or color. We are all human and should look out for one another. I cannot stand silently as the injustices continue to unfold. As the @BlackBirds would say, we have to #staywoke … We need to understand that #BlackLivesMatter does not mean they are the only lives that matter. It means these are the lives currently being taken so freely and at an alarming pace in the black community and we need to be specific towards the value of those lives. All of us have to stand against it for it to stop. I feel some people ignore issues in today’s society only until they hit close to home. Do not be that person. Stand up now and fight against inequality. These issues should not have to rest upon your family before you find them necessary to give attention to.

In conclusion, thank you NIKE for taking a stance on this and showing the world that no matter how big or small you can stand up for what is right. The campaign says it best… “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

I’m Just Saying…

4 thoughts on “To Kneel or Not To Kneel?”

  1. I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick “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.” – Colin Kaepernick
    But the media only view it one way and one way only, it’s about JUSTICE! NOT THIS DAMN FLAG!

    1. I get your point AI and completely agree. Definitely have to consider the real reason for the protest and not make it about something entirely different to truly see the change we are desiring to see. Thanks for the comment!

  2. 100% on point. The attitude I feel and see from people who disagree or say it’s disrespectful; these people show the same attitude and sentiments of “Black people have it good enough.” “What are you all complaining about.” “We gave you the right to vote, we abolished slavery, etc.” And guess what…it’s mainly people that have never been judged or treated differently due to the color of their skin, their religion, their gender, or their sexual orientation; mainly white, male, christians. Are we seeing a trend? These are the people in power and cannot stand to see their landscape change. What are all the owners of the NFL teams made up of? You guessed it, old white males…and Kap can’t get a job. I wonder why…

    “All of us have to stand against it for it to stop. I feel some people ignore issues in today’s society only until they hit close to home. Do not be that person. Stand up now and fight against inequality.” While I agree we have to stand up to this, I ask the question, would we reach more people if we are standing FOR something? I think we can change our mindset like Dr. King did. Why was he so successful? He stood FOR equality. He stood FOR love. He stood FOR justice. I honestly believe that if we stand FOR as opposed to AGAINST, that we can reach more people and move forward.

    I’M JUST SAYIN! 🙂

    Thank you for your thoughts!

    1. That was very well said. I totally agree. I think standing for something is an even better way of putting it. I can certainly say I am for equality whole heartedly. I love you Daniel! Great comment!

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