I stand. As long as I’m able, I will always stand. Not only do I stand, but I also get choked up every time I hear the National Anthem. EVERY. DAMN. TIME.
However, I have no problem with people taking a knee. Just as it’s my right to stand, it’s theirs to kneel.
Colin Kaepernick taking a knee was his silent protest that “Black Lives Matter”, that’s when people began to see kneeling as a negative stance. When in reality, kneeling is a position of reverence, submission, and respect. You kneel before a King or your God.
The NFL kneeling this week has nothing to do with the National Anthem or submission to a deity. It has EVERYTHING to do with standing up to a narcissistic bully.
These past few months it has become so much more obvious and people have become much more intolerant of respecting people’s differences… difference of opinions, of religions, of race or sexual orientation.
This country was respected, people around the world dreamt of coming to America to build better and more fulfilling lives for themselves and their families… look at as now… we can’t even respect each other’s difference. We judge people based on hair color, tattoos, music choices, clothing, vehicles, etc. And sadly, the biggest dividers… religion, race, and sexual orientation.
It needs to stop…
I stand… feel free to kneel beside me.