It has been awhile since I put any media on this site. A lot has been going on in the world and I needed time to process things.
First things, I think it is about time for people to jump on board with this “Global Warming” thing. Five hurricanes have been reported throughout the month of September.
It’s the strongest hurricane month ever recorded. Two of the storms were Category 5. Two Category 5 storms have been recorded in 1932, 1933, 1961, 2005, 2007. Ocean temps are steadily on the rise. 100s of billions of dollars of damage.
What do we do?
For the past year you have probably heard about a man named Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick played for the San Fransisco 49ers from 2011-2016 where he lead his team to a NFC Championship game (lost) as a rookie. Then, in 2012, Kaepernick got to the Super Bowl but lost to the Baltimore Ravens. He went on to have a pretty successful NFL career as a 49er (remember, my perspective is from a Cleveland Brown’s point of view). Lets be honest, if any of our teams that we are a fan of got to the Conference Championship game twice, to the Super Bowl, in a three year span, I believe we would call that successful.
In 2016 during a preseason game, Kaepernick sat down during the National Anthem that is played before the game. Why?
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder” (Find more here).
He was aware of his actions. He knew that there was a possibility of losing endorsements and losing football. Kaepernick was a lone wolf last year.
Now, NFL teams are banding together, this includes coaches and owners. President Donald Trump had a few choice words at a rally in light of the kneeling/sitting during the anthem.
(Pardon the language) “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”
This happened around the same time Trump decided to strip away the Golden State Warriors’ visit to the White House when he caught wind that Stephen Curry didn’t want to go. Needless to say it has been interesting lately on social media.
The big story with players, coaches, owners taking a knee during the anthem is that people, who are furious about the situation, feel that it is disrespectful and causing more division. Here is my opinion on the matter:
I am okay with people kneeling, locking arms/hands, praying, whatever. What I am not okay with is that THIS is getting more backlash than when White Nationalists rolled through UVA with tiki torches and the next day someone runs over a group of people resulting in a death and many injured. I am not okay with my President calling people SOBs. I’m sadden by the fact that people care more about statues staying up than listening to our brothers and sisters who feel they are being treated unfairly. If you feel like the NFL is causing disunity what do you want them to do? Seriously? Would you like them to stop doing what they are doing during the National Anthem? Answer me this, would there message get out there? Would people really listen or care? They aren’t protesting the flag. They aren’t disrespecting the men and women who fought, are fighting, and those who have died for our freedom. They kneel for equality (something that was fought for by African Americans in the 1960s).
What do we do?
Read. Listen. Process. Create dialogue. Listen. Process. Millennials, this is important. Understand what is going on. Do research and become educated on these subjects. It is your future. And remember, love your neighbor as yourself.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.