Hey America! You have the right to protest your government by burning the flag or taking a knee! And I support your right to do it. But I also am going to tell you why you shouldn’t.
When Colin Kaepernack decided to “Take a Knee” or even sit out the National Anthem, he did it to bring attention to a problem. #MissionAccomplished. He didn’t solve the problem, but he got people to acknowledge and talk about it.
At this point, there is no point. Now what is happening is that it is continuing the division of Americans. If you want people to listen to the problems of this world, you have to unite together to fix it.
I promise you, it will take patriots and patriotism to right the wrongs of society. Making the people who love the flag and America believe you don’t share their love for country doesn’t help the cause.
The “Take a knee” movement simply has no potential end. Sad to say, there will always be injustices in this world to fight. And you can always blame America for not doing enough.
Yes Black Americans aren’t treated fairly, but we have other problems in this country as well. Women not treated equally, homelessness, 1 in 6 people go hungry in this country everyday. People don’t have access to medical care and are living below the poverty line. Cities like Flint Michigan still don’t have safe drinking water.
I could go on, but to make the world a better place it will take everyone. We need to come together. Protest, but protest in a way that doesn’t make 50% of Americans basically say Fuck You! You’ve shut down the half the people who are important to solving the problem. If they didn’t matter, the problem would already be solved.
You have the attention of the world, time to stand up and honor America. Then take the time to build the bridges and fix the problems.
Remember the words of President John F Kennedy,
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.