Where I Stand…

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.

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Resist

This isn’t about Republican vs. Democrat.

It’s not about male vs. female, black vs. white.

And it’s definitely not about illegal immigrants.

This is about standing up for what is right, what is just and what is humane. People, with valid visas and green cards, are being barred from entering the United States based on ignorance, bias, discrimination, and fear.

The seven countries affected by this travel ban include: Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and Somalia.

I have seen many people cheering this ban, stating that they don’t trust muslim refugees, period. Blaming refugees for the terrorist  attacks of 9/11 without realizing that those terrorists were not refugees! Those men were radicals, and might I also add, ignorant fanatics. Additionally, from countries NOT AFFECTED BY THIS TRAVEL BAN.  Why are we not blocking countries that terrorist actually originate from? Let’s not forget either, the home-grown US citizens that have gone rogue.

By lumping all Muslims into the “terrorist” basket, am I also to assume that all white Christian males are KKK?

We must RESIST. We must stand up for what is right. We must continue to try and educate the ignorant and to open their eyes. Invite them to see the entire, big picture.  Tunnel-vision has taken over and we are missing so much of the beauty that our diversity has to offer. Blind, misguided hate is destroying they very foundation of our democracy.

via Daily Prompt: Resist