It was a plea, a silent supplication, to ask that we walk in someone else’s shoes.
Let me begin with the simple statement I hate politics, and I am not a person who likes conflict. It’s uncomfortable. But sometimes, you just have to say what’s in your heart, so here it goes.
Trump sure has strange ideas about patriotism and the description of a true American. He had this to say about John McCain, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” Well Trump, John McCain actually served his country. Did you?
To me, it seems he continually creates more and more division as he stirs the pot of hatred. He becomes irate when players from the National Football League peacefully protested brutality in this country that most people ignore or pretend doesn’t exist. He calls the players SOBs, yet when neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville with tiki torches and chanted racial slurs, he stated, “You had a lot of people in that group that was there to innocently protest and very legally protest. I don’t know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit. So I only tell you this. There are two sides to a story.” Still, he didn’t call one skinhead an SOB.
So I want to remind that there are two sides to every story, including the peaceful protest of taking a knee. From what I watched in the media and read in the news, this was not an easy decision for the players, owners, and staff members to make. It was not about disrespecting our nation’s flag, for most voiced their love and respect for this country. It was more of a Hail Mary, a last ditch effort to reach out to our country and remind that not all is right in our world. It was a plea, a silent supplication, to ask that we walk in someone else’s shoes.
Over many generations, my family has honorably served in the military, and they have served and fought and sacrificed to maintain individual freedoms and liberties that we all may share. As an Army brat, I understand the symbolic meaning of standing and placing my hand over my heart and remembering all who served and fought for this nation; it’s emotional, and it’s sacred. It is especially consecrated because the preamble of our constitution states,
We the people of the United States create this constitution. We aim to use this document to improve our government, establish justice, make relations within the country peaceful, protect ourselves, make living conditions good, achieve all the benefits of freedom for ourselves and our children.
So I must admit it is with a heavy heart I must honestly state that I have witnessed many in our nation fall through the cracks of injustice and inequality. I have silently watched and looked the other way as controversy, bitterness and hatred have flooded our lands. My heart hurts when I see strong men and women of color who have also served with pride, yet still come home to a nation where they still face discrimination and brutal injustice. I love this country, and I do not want to see it fall because of hatred and false pride. So if taking a knee is what will guide us to open a discussion about the inequities of our nation, if taking a knee is what is required to reconcile our home, then I believe it’s time we all pause and take a knee. And while we are at it, let’s pray to our Heavenly Father and plead that He will heal our land and create a nation where all may feel respected and feel as if they truly belong.