Normally I refrain from commenting on social or political issues. However, this particular issue is getting out of hand.
The whole concept of black lives matter vs blue lives matter. As if one life is more important than another. Truth is all lives matter.
I have been blessed to travel the globe over the years and one thing is certain, life is precious… regardless of color.
With ignorant types like Colin Kaepernick using the national anthem as an appropriate time to protest the deaths of black people at the hands of the police dominating the airwaves, I feel it is important for others to be the voice of reason.
As reprehensible as it is for an innocent person to die in an altercation with police, the deaths of black people in altercations with other black people is more egregious.
Not only is it more egregious, it is significantly more prevalent.
I am a supporter of police, but I am not an apologist. Many officers are itching for confrontation. Yours truly has been known to protest the efforts of authorities to overreact and quell the freedom of people.
I am a Libertarian who believes that government has a role, but generally cannot be trusted. That said, staring down the barrel of a service revolver is not the time to have that argument.
The United States is the first country to take a stand against racial oppression. In fact, we lost more men in the Civil War than any other war. Sure there’s more to do, but when a black man is in the White House, I think we can dispense with all the rhetoric.
Unfortunately, men have been attempting to control other men since the beginning. I for one have always stood for equality of all people, regardless of ethnicity.
Protesting during the national anthem is not the way to effect change. It further divides.
That’s the main reason I feel athletes, actors, and musicians should stay focused on their craft and not use the platform their talent created to voice their beliefs. Do that on your own time, not mine.
There is a Proverb that says we should remove the beam in our own eye before focusing on the splinter in another’s eye.
So, before the likes of Colin Kaepernick chooses the police as his target of disrespectful protest, he should focus his ire on others in the black community who target fellow people of color.
When he’s successful at getting his own people to respect and value each other, then he can focus on those outside his community.
Time to man up Colin!!!