While I have not posted my official coming back post yet, I have to comment on the recent events that have been happening in our country.
To preface this, I do want to point out that I love America. We are an amazingly free country but I am not afraid to stand up against bigotry, or I guess in this case, sit down. There is not a problem with voicing your discomfort when a situation has wronged you, especially in America.
Taking a knee during the national athem instead of standing is just one way that these people have deemed necessary to voice their opinions and I will support them until the day comes where Trump does not call them a “son of a bitch” while calling white supremacists “very fine people.” I will support them every step of the way until one day everyone is seen as equal. I’m not sure that’s going to happen in my life time but I will work until I can’t any longer and every thing I do will be to get closer to that goal.
So to Trump this is what I have to say: Maybe you should be focusing on helping Puerto Rico after the devastation that occured due to hurricane Maria and maybe stay out of social affairs since you seem to not know how to deal with them very well. Maybe deal with the fact that your tweets might start a war with North Korea before you go complaining about a non-violent protest. Maybe find a way to come up with a healthcare program that won’t throw millions off of insurance instead of yelling at athletes for doing something that they feel strongly about. And maybe, just maybe, research what disrespecting the flag actually means because I promise you that you do it on a daily basis.
To the other people who also believe this is disrespectful: disrespectful is wearing the flag. Disrespectful is writing symbols or changing the colors of the flag. Disrespectful is advertisement that depicts the flag. Disrespectful is laying the flag flat instead of waving it proudly. Disrespectful is having the flag put on various household items. No where is it stated that you have to stand during the national athem to be respectful. But it does consistently say that you are constantly disrespecting the flag without even thinking about. Do not tell me that these young men and women who sit or take a knee during the national athem or pledge of allegiance or whatever it happens to be are being disrespectful when all they’re trying to do is make a change that is greatly needed to make America the best possible version of itself.
To everyone that took a knee today and will continue to do so: Thank you for fighting for what you believe. Thank you for not allowing other people to make your decsions and opinions. Thank you for trying to make a better future for generations to come. Thank you.
#TakeAKnee ~Nicole W.