Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Have a Seat

When I think about it, all great Civil Rights movements started with someone sitting down. Rosa Parks & Claudette Colvin sat for the Montgomery bus boycott. It lasted 381 days but it was the spark for a national movement. Lunch counter sit ins were used in the 1960s with college students sitting silently at lunch counters all over the South.  

Hmm, now that I think about, mainstream America didn't like that one too much either. 

And now we have Colin Kaepernick who chose to sit down during the national anthem to bring awareness to issues of social injustices and racism. But wait a minute Kap..you can't mess with our football! A march in Baltimore or a rally in Baton Rouge, no one minded. But messing with football, which mainstream America loves right after Jesus and apple pie is downright unacceptable. 

If only the tenaciousness with which you defend this song you denounced institutionalized racism, police brutality (of some cops, not all), and the list goes on. 

Kap isn't speaking disrespectfully about his country or veterans. In essence, he TOO wants to make America great, except without the walls and name calling. It's possible to believe that America is the greatest country in the world yet still challenge it because you want to see it do better. If you got an F on your report card, would your mom accept that as your best? My mom wouldn't. 

So, to everyone up in arms about Kap calling attention to issues you still refuse to recognize...go have a seat somewhere. Oh, and don't mind me, I'm sitting too. ✊🏾

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