I’ve been considering this business of sports figures kneeling during the national anthem…
My initial reaction was, “WTF?” But after a bit of thought, I decided I was more, “Meh, whatever.” It seemed mostly to be going on in football along with some other sports I really couldn’t care less about
(And, full disclosure, I have a definite antipathy towards the NFL; do not like them at all.)
But then I realized that this was both important and right. Civil disobedience is the very quintessence of necessary but painful social change.
We’re noticing. We’re talking about it. This is where it starts, if it is starts anywhere at all.
Yesterday I read a New York Times article, apparently a regular thing they do highlighting the best comments of the week on their social media platform.
The first one was interesting, a lady blamed not being shot after being stopped by the police on being white. But it was the second one that really, really grabbed me. It says perfectly what I’ve been searching to say about the taking a knee thing:
Rioting and angry protest … “Why can’t you just peacefully protest?”
Kneeling peacefully … “No, not like that.”
~Darius Ensey (on Facebook)
Exactly. Nail; hammer; head! I can’t think of a better way to put it.
Because here’s the awful thing: When you’re black, sometimes there’s just no winning.
So maybe we should all take a knee and keep talking about this. Hell, maybe we could even do something about it.
 I’m a White Lady. Perhaps That Is Why I Am Not Dead., By Lela Moore and Lindsey Underwood, September 24, 2016.