spent part of the weekend fighting with people on Twitter about why NFL players were kneeling during the National Anthem.
It’s tough to argue on Twitter for a few reasons:
1. some people want to remain in the dark
2. im a verbose SOB thus it’s tough to stick to just 140 letters
3. i was watching football and forgot that i was arguing with half of the South.
the biggest problem was these people kept wanting to say that by kneeling during the Anthem, the players are disrespecting the flag.
as if the flag has feelings. it’s cloth i told them.
THESE PLAYERS ARE PROTESTING THE FACT THAT COPS MURDER BLACK PEOPLE AND GET AWAY WITH IT. I’d say.
but they didn’t want to hear it. and it was curious.
im sorry they arent protesting the way they want people to protest. when Trump tried to impose the racist Muslim ban, people took to the streets. The Trumpsters whined accusing the protesters of being paid. They complained that the traffic was bad now. They bitched that the signs were painting them in a bad light.
so here you have a protest that doesn’t affect anything. it doesn’t keep the flag from flying. it doesn’t keep the singer from singing. and it doesn’t even affect the game.
so they bring the military into it: “these selfish millionaire football players are disrespecting all the veterans who fought for this country!”
as if these Trumpsters care about the military. Aren’t a good chunk of homeless people veterans? Where were these defenders of the troops when W was cutting the VA?
but more importantly: is a veteran more American than a schoolteacher or a Community Organizer?
hey man, some of my best friends fought in wars. but members of the military are just Part of America. firefighters, nurses, farmers, fruit pickers, union bosses, seamstresses, and even your neighborhood blogger are all important parts of our society and we are all Americans who, when we are at our best, contribute to what makes the USA the second-greatest country in this continent.
long live every man woman and drone who defends this country and all the things we stand for but at what point is someone going to say, please stop using veterans as pawns for your bullshit argument?
the actual issue at hand is kids, teens, adults and even women have been straight up murdered by police and those cops paid no price even when they said
I DON’T KNOW WHY I SHOT THAT BLACK MAN WHO HAD HIS HANDS UP.
Yes. Yes you do. You know damn well why you do. And until we get that unsubstantiated fear out of the minds of our police force we are going to continue to have innocent dead black folks and athletes kneeling in protest.
but we can’t get there until we knock off this fucking shit about the flag or the military or the “country”.
until the flag murders a kid holding a toy gun, no one has any problem with the flag.
until the military says “i’m gonna kill this MFer”, kills a citizen, plants a gun on him and gets away with it, no one has a problem with the military.
athletes are kneeling because it is working. it is getting the word out there that police brutality and murder will not be tolerated.
the President of the United States wants to pretend that this is not about race or cops or anything other than the flag.
which is why you know it’s not about the freaking flag.
and now i wish i had learned how to run a Post Route so i could kneel
with my clenched fist up
during every anthem my team played on Sundays.