I’ve been wrestling with whether or not I should even comment on this because I know it’s an emotional topic for me to deal with. The measure of necessity in society is always a conundrum of events that placate a multitude of parameters that have to be looked at carefully.
The plight of the person of color has long been in question and the resolution of events that they usually present are often taboo and challenged by the philosophical judges that slowly persecute them upon the presentation of their means to an end.
As we look at the boycott of the national anthem by Colin Kaepernick, several people have professed their frustrations with his actions but we have to look deeper into the situation to fully appreciate what is taking place here.
Too often we forget that as people of color, we’ve been dragged into wars we shouldn’t have fought and now we’re getting dragged into another war we shouldn’t have to fight. Judgement is often passed so readily that you wonder how people will ever address any issues that are relevant unless they are forced too.
Last week on Twitter, I tweeted “In order to get change, you have to make people uncomfortable.” When people are comfortable, nobody will pay attention to the issue, but if you strike someone’s nerve, the issue becomes relevant and eventually what you did, will get surpassed and people will start to look at why you did it?
Hate is usually at the forefront of the condemnation of the initial response. I’ve seen so many comments that I disagree with, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like you. It also doesn’t mean I will disrespect you or call you names. It just means that we disagree. That’s the beauty of where we live and how we live.
The problems are real and we need solutions. Instead of harping on the protest, let’s talk about the message. The question always arises on the stigma behind what is acceptable and what is not. Peaceful protesting has been a trademark of the nation and world since modern times. Whether it be Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr., the idea of protesting peacefully usually resonates with the issue eventually getting looked at since you can no longer harp on ways of savagery and discontent.
Too many times we’ve chosen the wrong path and the destruction and hate presented overwhelmed people and the message was lost in translation. When you listen to the 3rd verse of the original Star Spangled Banner, you get the bigger picture, which is why we don’t sing it anymore in America. People have to learn to accept things without having something thrown down their throat.
Kaepernick made people uncomfortable and it will probably cost him his job or an endorsement or two down the line, but now the problem in the room is getting looked at or at least being heard. Let’s hope that one day he can stand and salute with dignity as many of the issues being protested are being resolved.
Funny how one man can say “Let’s make American Great Again” and he gets a presidential nomination while another say’s “American has things to work on” and he gets condemnation and told he should leave the country. Just doesn’t seem quite right.