Over the last six weeks, I watched my son’s football team prepare for homecoming. Seventh and eighth graders up to seniors giving 150% and struggling to give more. Twisted knees, and bent fingers across the fields without so much as a whimper for fear of being benched.
12 years old players, 5’1″ and 110 lbs. playing with the heart of a lion. 18 years old and willing to give up everything to stay a senior and continue to play. These are the real athletes, uncorrupted and non-opinionated. They do it for the love of what they do, the thrill of the game and the pride. How many forget their local high school team and spend their Sundays on the couch watching the NFL?
I have seen a lot of the same heart and passion during my time in uniform. Like the kids on the field, we give them our all, no matter what they give us. We do it for the love of what we do, the thrill of the hunt and the pride that comes with the job. How many walk by an officer, day after day, and don’t even notice them?
It was August of 2016, SF 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began sitting, and then kneeling, during the playing of the national anthem. He claimed it was to bring awareness to US police brutality, racism, and racial inequality.
Since his initial actions, national anthem protests have proliferated across the NFL and spread to several other professional sports as well. It was this fool’s inability to understand that people don’t tune in to hear his politics or to see him pout; they literally want to just see him play.
Since then, I have yet to watch a game. Even during the Super Bowl, you can often find me doing a slew of other things, but watching ain’t one. I certainly don’t blame anyone for watching the NFL, it’s an amazing game. I just don’t like to see millionaire men whine about minor injuries and holding an audience captive during their political statements.
They are a bunch of self-important nothings offering zero to our nation’s conversation. An NFL that bans helmet stickers honoring cops in Texas but allows the disrespect of the nation’s flag.
You see, your kneeling to protest American racism is disrespectful to all those who served for this nation. The 9,000 black Patriot soldiers who served in the Army, Navy, and several state militia units during the American Revolution.
The Louisiana Battalion of Free Men of Color who served during the war of 1812 and the Mexican – American War. African Americans in the US Civil War is marked by 186,097 soldiers (7,122 officers, 178,975 enlisted) comprising 163 units, who served in the Union Army.
The Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th Calvary Regiment and the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiment served with honor and distinction from 1863 to the early 20th century. During WWI 350,000 African Americans served with the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front.
There were 125,000 African Americans who were overseas in World War II. Some of the most notable units were the Tuskegee Airman, 761st Tank Battalion and the distinguished 45wnd Anti-Aircraft Artillery.
See, the National Anthem is for all those who served, all those who gave their life for you petulant fools to have the right to protest. As a patriot, as someone who served here at home, I honor your right to protest, but know that I will not contribute to you for doing so.
As long as you act like children I will stay clear of the NFL and as long as high school and college football athletes act as professionals I will support them.
At the bottom line, it’s all about saving just ONE life.
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