To some, it might seem like a trivial gesture, simply an action taken to call attention to what the kneelers and sitters call “wanton violence against blacks.”
That position misses two important points:
First, we who call ourselves patriots, who love the United States and all it stands for, take offense at the disrespect that those actions show. We know that the U.S. does NOT encourage or condone unwarranted violence against anyone – including blacks or police. We perceive kneeling or sitting during the National Anthem as a disrespectful action that is a symbolic slap in the face of those who were killed or wounded to purchase that right. As is so appropriately said: “Freedom isn’t free; it was bought and paid for with the blood of heroes.”
Secondly, it assumes that the information on which they base the accusation of “wanton violence against blacks,” is accurate.
I believe that much of what those participants are protesting aren’t even true facts. Examples are Michael Brown’s “hands up, don’t shoot” lie as well as Trayvon Martin being murdered. Neither of those incidents could factually and truthfully be interpreted as “wanton violence against blacks.” They were both instances of self-defense taken against actions instigated by Brown and Martin.
I believe that these incidents are being encouraged by professional racial agitators – those whose standing in their community and their source of income depends on the turmoil that their racial propaganda encourages.
No one is asking the American public to do anything more courageous than stand with a hand over your heart. That gesture is simply to recognize that we are a free people and that freedom wasn’t conferred by a civil rights activist, an entertainer, or Barack Obama – the nation’s young men gave up everything to purchase that freedom.
It was bought and paid for by the 2.8 million men who were killed or wounded in the wars that we’ve fought – wars that were fought primarily to protect our freedoms and our American way of life.
Yet that simple gesture is viewed as being repugnant by some? They believe that their disdain for our National Anthem and/or our flag somehow establishes themselves as doing something heroic. It does not, it simply displays for all to see, that they have determined that their misguided opinion is more important than the lives of those who have died to protect our liberties. Yes, it is their right to protest in any legal manner they choose, it’s just that they could have chosen some other action rather than disrespecting a revered symbol of America. In fact, that action illustrates the definition of disrespect.
Are there occasions of black people being subjected to unwarranted violence? Of course there are, and we should do everything we can reasonably do to prevent it, but the largest number of violent acts against black people (including murders) are by other blacks, not police, nor white people. Where are the demonstrations; the symbolic gestures targeting them? They protest police violence against blacks, but not blacks murdering other blacks, where is the logic in that?
They could start in Chicago. Why haven’t they?
Many white people (myself included) resent being blamed for slavery that occurred hundreds of years ago. I wasn’t part of that nor were my parents or grandparents. And black folks alive today weren’t slaves either.
If there is a country on earth that offers more freedom and opportunity for a person of color, please point it out because I don’t think it exists. Look at the “motherland” (Africa) and note all of the opportunities that are available to blacks there – compare and contrast – please do your homework.
We resent seeing police being depicted as being racist and out to get blacks. Blacks find themselves in contact with police because they commit most of the crimes – way more than their percentage of the population would indicate as normal. Change that and you’ll see the relationship change.
It really concerns me that there is more tension now between black and white people than I can remember in my lifetime – and I’m an old guy. Escalating that tension won’t be good for either race and it could, if allowed to continue, become the tinder fueling a race war.