Players kneeling during the national anthem are true patriots

Players kneeling during the national anthem isn’t aimed at veterans or the people currently serving this country. Taking a knee is about raising awareness to a systemic problem here in the U.S and it got a lot of people’s attention and opened a dialogue on some issues concerning race. I have family that’s done tours of Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea, and even the Pacific. If there’s one thing I KNOW they fought for it was to have a home where people CAN protest.

Whether it’s in the streets, or by bending a knee. Whether you agree with it or not you can protest the police, you can protest your job, you can protest the local government you can protest the president, you can burn a flag. These soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines didn’t fight and die for a flag. A flag is a piece of cloth, it’s what it stands for, our homeland that’s worth fighting for. The National Anthem is just a song.

A song about a sustained, 25-hour attack on Fort McHenry, a U.S. military stronghold in Baltimore, Maryland. Francis Scott Key witnessed the brutal battle, and when the poet saw the American flag still flying after the withering bombardment, meaning that the Americans had held off the far superior British military, Key was inspired to pen his now-immortal poem.

Which was then sung to the tune of an English drinking song. Our roots as Americans are in rebellion. Rebellion from the British. We only started playing the damn song at sporting events as a PR move during World War 1 for people asking why there were able bodied men playing a damn game. It wasn’t even the anthem until 1931!

The third verse is about the killing and forcible return of freed slaves who’d joined the British Colonial Marines for a chance to fight for their own freedom to their so-called “owners.”

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Which really contradicts the “Land of the free, Home of the Brave” message of the song and reminds us of systemic issues in this country permeating today.

Regardless since that battle America has been a land of renegades, and the misbehaved doing what they can for a better tomorrow, even when it’s not the popular decision. From The Boston Tea Party to Washington, to Nat Turner’s slave rebellions, to Lincoln risking it all in a civil war for abolition, to Lewis and Clark to those who tamed wild horses and headed west into the new frontier, to labor laws and unions for workers rights, anti-war movements, the civil rights movement, the women’s suffrage movement, civil disobedience and non-cooperation are coded into this country’s DNA.

It’s every man’s right to choose what is right, what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn’t. I’d rather have a homeland where people can side with their convictions and let people think whatever they want about it than to live as a traitor to them.

These players are kneeling for their convictions, for Americans. The same people these veterans the players are accused of disrespecting fought to keep safe and I can respect that.

With one final personal message:

If you want to make a difference go feed homeless people, help build homes, run for office, donate half of them millions, help someone get an attorney, you taking a knee… that means absolutely nothing. Look at me! I took a knee aren’t I such a revolutionary person! I help so many people because while I was taking a knee everyone was still starving and kids were still dying let’s all take a knee even the EMS And doctors and police and teachers! You too can help save the world by simply taking a knee! Word that’s hot and poppin in the streets now you too can be a hero! A knee hero lmfao.

Use that influence you have to let people know Puerto Rico’s 3.4 M people could be without power for months. (If you can empathize with what that truly means, please find a way to donate &/or help.) like our president SHOULD be on top of instead of worrying about football. Those that do forget that last paragraph props to you!