Putting in my two cents

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Putting in my two cents

I usually try to stay away from making waves but I’ve had my fill of talk about Colin Kaepernick’s protests and I think I need to weigh in on the subject. First off, because he lives in America he has the freedom to do the very thing that has upset the masses. Ironic, isn’t it?

By no means is this my way of supporting what he is doing but because of this freedom, he is not in fear for his life, which he might be if he lived elsewhere. And now that he has gained notoriety for sitting and/or kneeling during the National Anthem, others who are prominent in the sports arena are copying his actions.

I find this despicable. I realize they are fed up with the violence and I get that. I, a white female from the Midwest, see the violence that is erupting all over America and I don’t like it either.

However, it doesn’t make me want to turn my back on the symbols of our country: the flag and the National Anthem. Those two symbols should unite us not tear us apart. With the Olympics still fresh in my mind, I am reminded of the athletes not only from America but from all over the world, standing in honor of the flag of their country, many overcome by pride and oftentimes tears, draped by their country’s flag.

I appreciate the effort that NBA stars like Stephen Curry and Carmelo Anthony are making by standing up and saying enough is enough. They want to reach out to their fan base, especially the young kids, and say stay away from guns and the violence.

Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James appeared recently on the ESPY award show to present a common front. James summed up their stand, “It’s time to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, what are we doing to make a change?” James concluded, “Let’s use this moment as a call to action for all professional athletes to educate ourselves, explore these issues, speak up, use our influence and renounce all violence.”

Somehow I don’t think they were urging anyone to denounce America but to work together to help make it great again, to stop becoming the country where gun violence and senseless death becomes a common occurrence.

There will always be bad people. When God created us he gave us free will and this can lead people down a dark path but it can also help good overcome evil. Perhaps Kaepernick should invest some of his millions back into the communities where kids are choosing the wrong path and provide them with alternative ways to spend their time.

We need to be united by the flag not torn apart by it. It has survived wars on U.S. soil and abroad and our military men and women continue to fight so that we may live in the greatest country on earth.

Here is just a simple reminder…

Oh, say can you see


By the dawn’s early light


What so proudly we hailed


At the twilight’s last gleaming

Whose broad stripes and bright stars


Through the perilous fight


O'er the ramparts we watched


Were so gallantly streaming

And the rocket's red glare!


The bombs bursting in air!


Gave proof through the night


That our flag was still there


Oh, say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave


O'er the land of the free


And the home of the brave.

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