Gratitude 12September16 Guilty, I Don’t Always Stand

flagI am going to keep this simple or try to. It is just my thoughts. My opinion based on my experiences and observations.

I am a proud American. I have great respect for our flag and for what it stands. Do I stand every time I hear the national anthem? No. Shame on me.

Like many, I am sitting on my couch in front of my television with my drink and snacks around me ready for the game of my choice to be played. I assume God and Uncle Sam will understand if I don’t stand with hand over my heart as the national anthem is played.

I find it ironic that folks, sitting on their asses, at home, hopped on their computers with meme’s and comment’s to bitch about a football player who didn’t stand for the national anthem.

A player, also a citizen with freedom of speech — just like all those who are writing their personal opinions; some of which include racially horrible commentary — who happens to be a player in a game that they as Americans pay millions of dollars to support.

So, while you sat on your ass, without a cause, you are pissed he sat on his, with one. But, you watched the game anyhow. It didn’t piss you off enough to turn away from your football game. National anthem or football? .. Easy .. Pass the beer and Doritos .. I’ll tweet about Kaepernick after.

Kaepernick has stated: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Kaepernick stated his position. He is not fabricating or making up imaginary facts. If you Google his premise, it is a reality in the United States of America. Are his means of calling attention to it the right way? That is not for me to decide. Anyone is free to act in any way they chose; then they must also be prepared for the consequences of the actions.

As displayed in Sunday football games, players in multiple teams across the NFL are uniting in Kaepernick’s cause by kneeling, raising fists, and linking arms in a symbolic gesture.

Are you irate that citizens who happen to have celebrity platforms aren’t exhibiting behaviors of which you approve? Stop supporting their livelihood with your hard earned money. Turn off the television, stop buying the tickets, stop paying for the jerseys and tennis shoes for your kids and yourself. Boycott the sponsors and the advertisers that support them. Money talks.

What I do know is the NFL has stated “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem,” These players are acting within their job description.

Their freedom of speech and choice. Your freedom of speech and choice.

It is intriguing to note on September 6, 2016, the following is listed of Colin Kaepernick’s jersey: On the NFL Shop’s website, the red version of his San Francisco 49ers jersey is listed for $99 and holds the number one spot on the site’s list of top selling jerseys.

Across America, while some are writing angry epithets toward Kaepernick, others are shelling out $99.00 to buy his jersey — making it the number one seller — ironic.

Speaking of money talks. Kaepernick has pledged one million plus of his salary and is donating his jersey profits, towards raising awareness, effect changing of social justice. This doesn’t include the monies he gives to schools of which he is a patron. Money talks.

Today I am thankful

  • I live in a country where freedom of speech is possible
  • Time with my best friend
  • I got my steps in

I end this blog with how I began. It is just my thoughts. My opinion based on my experiences and observations. Next time you are disgusted by that football player, don’t grab your laptop, turn off your television, but before you do — get off your couch and stand with hand over your heart for the national anthem.

affectionately yours, Laura


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