The American Flag – Old Glory – stands for “peace, honor, truth & justice…freedom, confidence, resolution & pride…”
You know what that flag DOESN’T say it stands for?
Equality for each American citizen regardless of skin color, ethnicity, or social standing.
You know what DOES say that it stands for equality, though? The United States Constitution. Which is what that flag is a symbol of, right?
This blog isn’t to condemn or approve of the way the NFL players (and others) have chosen to protest. This blog is to delve into WHY they are protesting to begin with.
I think Colin Kapernick kneels because this, our great country, is missing the equality.
Without equality we, the citizens of the United States, the whites, the blacks, the mixed, the Native Americans, the “transplanted citizens,” have no FREEDOM.
We are “free” to express our disappointments & dislikes & general unhappiness … in the privacy of our own homes. But, Old Glory, forbid we express those ideas & thoughts publicly. Things become a little sticky then.
Peace has never been achieved in America. Between Americans. We haven’t had internal peace since before the Civil War began (1861-1865).
And without peace, how can there be honor? Folk barely respect one another.
And without honor, truth & justice gets a back seat way back in the back of a bus that generally doesn’t exist.
With all the internal fighting going on, though it may not be as well publicized as the Civil War was front and center, there is no resolution and/or pride.
Except, however, there IS PRIDE. Within every citizen that lives within the borders of this great, oppressed, nation there is an unshakable, undeniable, unwavering swell of pride.
Every one of us American citizens are PROUD to be counted as citizens of this messed up, racially divided, color-coded, opression blinded country.
There is Confidence with its certain groups. America’s “cliques” are proudly and confidently divided. They are confident that they can keep each group of diversified classes of people in their places and out of cliques where they don’t belong.
Even if truth & justice have to be sacrificed to accomplish that goal.
I haven’t spoken with Colin Kapernick, of course, but if I had a moment to do so, I’m pretty sure he would tell me that his kneeling at the flag/Anthem is not aimed AT the flag/Anthem; but rather to bring awareness to the fact that the ideals and ideology that flag represents has been left to fly in the wind like the dust when the flag blows freely.
We are missing something this country stands for, America, and it is becoming blatantly obvious (though the majority of Americans would like to go on ignoring this fact like they don’t feel the breeze on the back of their legs where the hiked up part of their dress is showing off their dirty underwear).
We are missing something, America. And people are noticing and starting to point it out. People are getting tired of missing the equality of our country.
Stand up, take a knee, lie prone on the floor with your face down in prayer…however you decide to do it, it is time to speak up–together.