Saturday, September 30, 2017

Taking A Knee In Seattle (One Woman's Reaction(Not Mine) And The Real Reason Colin Kaepernick Kneels For The National Anthem (Its not what you think)

In Seattle we have what we call “Blue Friday.”

We all dress up in our seahawks gear. (Well maybe not all of us, but a lot of us.) We love our Seahawks football team and we wear that blue and green with pride. I have a jersey that I won because I bet someone online (I said that anyone who dared to bet me that I would buy them a jersey if their team won, and they would buy me my Seahawks Jersey if they won the Superbowl. That ended up pretty hilarious (And Damien was a good sport...and made me laugh so hard...we really got going there :P) That blog is here:

Well yesterday I was at the store, and as usual someone said “go hawks!” So I talked about how when my husband and I were eating at a place, there were a million screaming Seahawks fans.

That’s when a woman checking out at the register said

“I’m so sick of that!”

“Sick of what?” I said.

She said “that take a knee crap. I’m so sick of it!!”

I said “This country has a HUGE problem with racism. I’m PROUD of my seahawks for kneeling. It’s a racist anthem written by a racist man. I have NO idea what it is like to deal with racism. I don’t understand racism. I never will.”

“We white women are standing here and we have NO clue what it is like to deal with racism.”

She said “It’s the wrong venue to do that. They need to stop.”

I said “ and yet look what it’s done. Finally people are talking about it. YOU are talking about it.”

That completely shut her up.

And if you want to know Colin' real reason for kneeling, here it is:

(Thank you Zann for this) 

Aug 14, 2016- Colin Kaepernick sits for the national anthem.....and no one noticed 
Aug 20th, 2016- Colin again sits, and again, no one noticed. 
Aug 26th, 2016- Colin sits and this time he is met with a level of vitriol unseen against an athlete.  
Even the future President of the United States took shots at him while on the campaign trail.  
Colin went on to explain his protest had NOTHING to do with the military, but he felt it hard to stand for a flag that didn't treat people of color fairly. 
Then on on Aug 30th, 2016 Nate Boyer, a former Army Green Beret turned NFL long snapper, penned an open letter to Colin in the Army Times. In it he expressed how Colin's sitting affected him. 
Then a strange thing happened. 
Colin was able to do what most Americans to date have not... 
He listened. 
In his letter Mr. Boyer writes: "I’m not judging you for standing up for what you believe in. It’s your inalienable right. What you are doing takes a lot of courage, and I’d be lying if I said I knew what it was like to walk around in your shoes. I’ve never had to deal with prejudice because of the color of my skin, and for me to say I can relate to what you’ve gone through is as ignorant as someone who’s never been in a combat zone telling me they understand what it’s like to go to war. Even though my initial reaction to your protest was one of anger, I’m trying to listen to what you’re saying and why you’re doing it." Mr. Boyer goes on to write, "There are already plenty people fighting fire with fire, and it’s just not helping anyone or anything. So I’m just going to keep listening, with an open mind.I look forward to the day you're inspired to once again stand during our national anthem. I'll be standing right there next to you."Empathy and understanding was shown by Mr. Boyer.........and Mr. Kaepernick reciprocated.  
Colin invited Nate to San Diego where the two had a 90 minute discussion and Nate proposed Colin kneel instead of sit. But why kneel? In a military funeral, after the flag is taken off the casket of the fallen military member, it is smartly folded 13 times and then presented to the parents, spouse or child of the fallen member by a fellow service member while KNEELING.  
The two decided that kneeling for the flag would symbolize his reverence for those that paid the ultimate sacrifice while still allowing Colin to peacefully protest the injustices he saw. Empathy, not zealotry under the guise of patriotism, is the only way meaningful discussion can be had.  
Mr. Kaepernick listened to all of you that say he disrespects the military and extended an olive branch to find a peace. 
When will America listen to him?

And a VERY good interview below with Nate Boyer (I recommend watching the whole thing (And he plays for the SEAHAWKS.. BONUS!)


  1. Alas, the Church of American Exceptionalism encourages blindness. That (plus racism) is why an act of respect and humility is considered offensive by so many.

  2. Oh America...if you could only see how BLIND you are!

  3. The negativity in the political arena is beyond excruciating :-(

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