I still find this Colin Kaepernick kneeling (formerly sitting) during the National Anthem fascinating.
It blends two of my favorite things: sports and meaningful conversations. It’s particularly interesting to me to see certain people react to seeing their sense of American patriotism attacked. The outage over Colin Kaepernick reminds me of the outage of another story.
I remember watching the riots in Ferguson, Missouri after the Michael Brown shooting and seeing some people be more outraged over footage of people mistreating (i.e. burning or stepping) the American flag than the fact that an 18-year-old kid’s life had ended. Say what you want about Michael Brown, but a mother had to bury her child. The real tragedy was a life ending, not a flag being disrespected.
I just love hearing people talk about their opinions, especially when it relates to them getting upset at someone who says America isn’t so great. They say “If you don’t let it, then move to Canada”. Things get pretty heated quick.
I love America and one of my favorite shirts in middle school was an American flag shirt (that doesn’t prove anything besides the fact that I was destined to not date in high school), but I also like meaningful conversations, cheese balls, and an occasional sports game. However, I don’t like any level of disrespect, even towards someone who might not think America isn’t so great right now.
I recently posted on Facebook about questioning people who thought Colin shouldn’t voice his opinion because he is rich and has clearly benefited from being an American. People obviously can disagree with my point (and Colin’s for that point), but what I found particularly disheartening was people questioning my intelligence for my post.
I mean, question my intelligence for having Tommy Boy be my favorite movie of all-time or question my intelligence for laughing at almost every “that’s what she said” joke, but question my intelligence over a Facebook post saying I think it’s kinda okay to be rich and voice your opinion? For real?
You can voice disagreement without showing disrespect.
Let meaningful conversations flow without interrupting them with your disrespect.
Important conversations need to occur, but the disrespect detracts from the real topics at hand.
Now get back to those meaningful conversations.