Last week, I wrote an article about a youth football team in Cahokia, Illinois, and their decision, with the permission of their coach and parents, to take a knee during the national anthem before one of their games. There was significant response on our Facebook page. Some commenters supported the kids’ actions and some did not.
One common refrain from those opposed to the kids taking a knee questioned whether or not the kids knew why they were protesting. I would pose the same question to every adult reading this space.
Do you know why former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began his protest of taking a knee during the national anthem? No matter what you may think his protest was about, please watch the first three minutes of the video below as he explains why to reporters.
On Friday night during a campaign rally in Alabama, President Donald Trump used profane language to describe the NFL players taking part in protests similar to Kaepernick’s. I will not post video of Trump’s comments nor provide a link to them here. Profanity is not allowed on this site. Thank you for understanding.
On Saturday morning, President Trump rescinded a White House invitation via Twitter to the current NBA champion Golden State Warriors because star guard Stephen Curry was having some reservations about going to Washington, D.C. with his team.
This caused backlash on social media from players on multiple teams, including LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Draymond Green just to name a few.
Trump’s comments from Friday sparked a form of protest by every team in the NFL on Sunday. Some players kneeled, others stood with locked arms and a few teams did not take the field at all during the anthem.
Our kids are NBA and NFL fans. What did you tell your kids as you watched the games with them? Our kids are on social media. They undoubtedly saw the back-and-forth between the best players in the NBA and the leader of the free world. What did you say to them about that?
If you haven’t talked to your kids about Trump’s comments, the player protests, or anything else, it’s time to have an honest and thorough conversation. Talk to your kids about police heroism. Talk to them about police brutality. Tell them how many people in black and brown communities feel. Tell them how people in predominantly white communities feel.
If you don’t know how a person feels, ask them. Ask your kids what they think. Ask them if they have discussed the topic with their friends, teachers and coaches. Whether you think police officers can do no wrong or you think they’re always wrong, we can all agree things can’t stay like this.
Before we can come together or exhibit any degree of unity, we must understand and care for one another. We can’t be dismissive of humanity based on circumstances. Please share your thoughts on what we should tell our kids and each other in the comments section here and on our Facebook page.
Let’s do all we can to make our country a better place for everyone.
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