Is this the land in which you have the right to remain silent? Is this the land that boasts that ALL men are created equal? Is this the land that claims freedom although history of this land contradicts these basic Hue-man Rights?
Believe this: We are the born into the land of habitual hypocrites. Colin Kaepernick peacefully protested the national anthem by sitting and a spirited football player has brought about a platform for discussing not just Civil Rights but unfair Hue-man Rights.
I understand the uproar from Americans that honor the military and the bloodshed of American Soldiers who have given their lives for the people to enjoy certain liberties, but I must interject my personal opinion.
I enlisted in the military and went through all of the rituals to graduate from basic training and do my duty to serve ‘My Country.’ As I endured rigorous drilling I realized that each drill was training us to be proficient killers. Whenever we had target practice with firearms, live grenades or a L.A.W. (Light Anti-Armor Weapon) most silhouettes resemble a black inked man and this realization made me feel a certain kind of way.
After graduation I ponder the fact that if we are the land that printed “IN GOD WE TRUST” on our Federal Reserve notes and democratically agreed that we pledge allegiance to the flag stating, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD,” then we should consider the LAWS of GOD. So why are we not protesting military persons as killers? Because we are habitual hypocrites that justify military killings as JUST!!!
Paradoxically, Francis Scott Key the man who created “The Star-Spangled Banner,” our lifelong nationalistic song based of the War of 1812 unwaveringly opposed the war at its beginning. Key referred to the war as “abominable” and “a lump of wickedness.”
I support Colin Kaepernick’s right to feel opposite of main-stream Americans. I don’t believe he disrespected the military. I know emotions supersede intellect to bring out anger but anger opposes peace. Listen to his words and get out of your comfort zone!!! What is overly disrespectful to military personnel is returning home and having to fight for healthcare and jobs!!!
There are wars on the streets in the so-called Black Communities that we are losing every day. We spend billions on wars in foreign lands and to enemies or former enemies that the public would be less patriotic if politic transparency was transparent. I support anyone’s right to voice their opinion and we hypocrites have the exact same right to disagree, so be disagreeable without bringing out hypocritical hateful get-out-of-the-country sentiments because the same can be said to you if you are not Native to this Land stolen by senseless bloodshed after the Native’s trained the pilgrims to survive in their land.