Quick Thoughts: Kneeling during National Anthem
TL;DR: DON’T DO IT.
Listen, it’s absolutely your right to protest National discontent at any level; that’s what makes America great. In fact, Kaepernick’s “message” isn’t actually a horrible one — albeit, misguided once you get past the initial propaganda. There’s certainly outlets to voice your concerns but, the National Anthem just isn’t one of them.
Imagine this: You’ve hit up the grocery store before heading home after a long day. And just before the clerk totals you out, they pause, stare you right in the eyes, then suddenly rips off their apron to reveal a #BLM t-shirt!
Just hand me my groceries already you kooky clerk!!
Alright, maybe that scenario is a little over the top. But, that’s exactly what’s happening when people decide to use their job as an outlet for protest. I know for certain, I’d be immediately fired for publishing this (my personal thoughts) on my employer’s blog.
Preseason opener for the Miami Heat. The perfect opportunity for a young upstart vocalist to begin their career by leading the stadium with unity for the National Anthem. Think that opportunity was focused on showcasing her vocal talents? Nope.
Denasia Lawrence instead used this as a platform to disrespect the great men and women that once fought and died for our Country.
Maybe I’m just old school and crazy, but that song still makes me stand proud to be American. The day our men and women in uniform stop caring about our Nation’s flag, is the day we lose as a country. As a side note, I wonder how Kim Jong-un would handle similar protests from North Koreans — as we seem to side with his ideals on National conflict and resolution these days…
Anyway, that said:
- Are times perfect? No.
- Do racial crimes need to be stopped? Yes.
Actually… that last point may need some additional justification because it’s not like the people running away from cops, are entirely innocent.
- Should corrupt cops see justice? Yes, of course.
- Is every black man that’s been killed by a LEO, innocent? Not even close.
Honestly, I think that’s my largest issue with the “Black Lives Matter” message. It ignores the fact that many of the people affected are far from innocent. And if you dare state that “All Lives Matter” (you know, because they do), you’re labeled as a racist simply ignoring the black community. But I digress.
Besides all that, let’s take a minute to think about the overall message being sent to the younger audience...
Do you really think these 8 year old kids know what they’re protesting or why? Of course not! I can hardly get my 8 year old to spell “oppression”, much less understand the deep complexities surrounding racial inequality on a national level.
These poor kids are blindly following and rapidly losing respect for the great Nation that provides the very opportunity they’re using to protest!
Growing up is confusing enough, without some sycophantic adults preaching that white people hate you and you should disrespect our nation by burning or turning your back on its flag. I think there’s a word for that somewhere…
But what does this all mean?
Overall, if the goal was to spread awareness around racial corruption — mission accomplished. To otherwise continue this charade, is a slap in the face of everyone who has once defended our country and does nothing more than propagate the very issues you claim to stand against.