Taking a Knee Isn’t Just Protest Or Flag Disrespect
#UnGodly I’ve been a football fanatic forever, and I am incensed about xxx. political game, demagoguing it’s players. For decades football fulfilled our family’s extracurricular activity even during hard kick-in-the-butt crises, when feeling a little blue, when hamstrung by everyday hardship, and when stymied by unresolved issues.
(Teams pick players to draft for pre-season in late August, and fans like me aren’t xxx this season because of the politics raining on players, the game, and our enthusiasm)
As teenagers we huddled in front of the mid-sized TV every Sunday from September till early January jeering or cheering when a star quarterback threw a pass and a popular running back executed a touchdown pass. In frigid weather, we compared it to cumulus clouds and a mango sun peeking out after a routine South Florida shower.
Most African-Americans probably never imagined a scenario of a civil rights-era peaceful protest as a symbolic disrespect for Old Glory. And the National Football League that earns respect, support, and economic kudos from an innumerable fan base on the backs of guys enduring pain for life, rejects player protests against African-American men dying by the hands of police. NFL owners approved a ridiculous, punitive rule castigating badge of “disrespect” for red, white and blue while human blood wastes in the streets.
Americans who agree, the Trump Administration, and football heirarchy have no right to deny freedom to protest and disparage players who pour money into uplifting their communities and stand against harrowing conditions, injustice, and habitual, unjustified loss of life.
Why does it rankle @realDonaldTrump enough to instill cultural bias into a nonpolitical affiliation though previous presidents avoided political interference in cultural matters? It’s unspeakable, but there are three significant points about this flag melodrama:
(1) “I pledge allegiance to the flag, indivisible, one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.” Respecting our American values, but the dangers of a divided country and denial of the nation’s broken promises disrupt more progress. The appearance of allegiance for the flag projects a hostility toward protestors and omits the obvious: Democracy and humanity. Trump and the football owners didn’t get the memo.
When we stand, hand over heart, that’s only one aspect of honor, but another part is akin to Biblical teaching for the flag conflict: an inherent teaching element. The Pledge says unequivocally that we’re equal with freedom and justice for the human race.
We’re united under God, and we uphold the values and principles of “one nation, “not a politically divided one with bigotry and injustice like police fatally shooting black men and repeatedly calling it justifiable homicide for unarmed men, disabled victims, traffic violators … robbing wives and children of husbands and fathers, but some flag-honoring Americans don’t even wink.
(2) Kneeling before a game is religious freedom. Linebacker and pastor Reggie White of Carolina Panthers and traded to Green Bay Packers led his team in pregame prayer every Sunday. Other devout players kneel in prayer before games and kneel after touchdowns. The Religious Right, Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and other detractors of kneeling players apparently disagree with the constitutional protected Freedom of Religion for National Football players, two-thirds of whom African-Americans and mostly wealthy.
(3) Protest speech of any form, flag burning, too, is protected based on the High Court ruling. Therefore, Americans denounced NFL players for “disrespecting” the flag refused to respect the flag. Ditto. They deny free speech for all and justice for African-American lives lost in unjustifiably murder by police — principles of the Pledge.
@realDonaldTrump instigated this disruption, but I’m going to break past practice and assert my religious rationale. God gave us all a brain with reasoning ability, and there’s no reason to deny their on-demand facilities. Pardon my presumption/assumption. God’s not responsible for gullibility and neither is @realDonaldTrump though he leads the flock.