Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Take a Knee or Stand During the National Anthem.

   
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    Trump's latest attempt at dividing the country and trying to deflect attention away from his Russia scandal and his ignoring the tragedy in Puerto Rico.  He spent almost the entire last weekend tweeting about how disgraceful NFL players were when they took a knee during the national anthem at the NFL games. He didn't give one iota of concern or empathy for the people of Puerto Rico!  He even praised NASCAR for being more patriotic!

    Why did he pick on the NFL? Could it be that the majority of players are Black, compared to NASCAR, which has 1 Black driver?  He says it wasn't racist, but when does he ever say anything that is remotely believable?  Whenever you see photos of NFL stadiums you always see the American flag flying predominantly above all other flags and symbols, unlike many NASCAR tracks in the south where you can see the Confederate flag flying at the same height or higher than the American flag.  How patriotic of NASCAR!

  Many people voice their opinion that taking a knee is not showing respect for the flag and the national anthem.  They totally misunderstand what the flag and the national anthem stand for.  They stand for "liberty and justice for all".  What these players are protesting is that justice in this country is not the same for ALL Americans, certainly not for people of color.  Among the players' supporters are numerous military veterans who fought for their country and the rights of people to exercise their free speech and stand up for the right to protest inequality in our justice system and government.

    Many people argue that the national anthem was written to honor our flag, but the real truth is that it was written as the army of the Confederate States of America, under the Confederate Flag was attacking the US Army base at Fort Sumter!  Also the tradition of playing the national anthem while the NFL players stood was started as a paid recruitment tool for the military.

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   According to Trump the above images would be acceptable, in regards to showing respect to the American flag! Perhaps not really the second photo as she does not appear to be white!


It's time for Trump to stop trying to divide the country and start bringing the country together.  He is the President of all of the American people, not just the minority who voted for him!
Just a thought!

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