In order to progress as a nation, we have to listen to each other, have tough conversations and try to see where the other side is coming from.
- To the players kneeling: Think about how hurtful that could come across to someone who has lost a family member in combat, dying for their country - imagine how sad/angry/etc these actions make them feel.
- To those criticizing the protesters: Imagine your unarmed son or daughter being shot by a police office and no justice being provided. Wouldn't you feel helpless and try to do whatever it takes to make people aware of this epidemic?? How would you get people talking about this issue so close to your heart?
"You do you." I love this saying. It really exemplifies how each person has their own rationale, thought process, experiences, perspectives and they should do whatever it is they want to coincide with their feelings. As long as you aren't hurting anyone...you do you! I personally would not kneel/sit during the national anthem but then again my race is not being hunted and shot by police officers 5x more than the national average. So everyone has to do what is best for them. I think these men are extremely brave for doing that.
I don't have a right/wrong answer to this very heated debate - No one does. All we can do is have empathy and talk to each other.
I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes. (and a silly meme to lighten the mood).
Take care of yourselves and your loved ones,
"America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms". - (Fictional) President Andrew Shepherd