Brandon Marshall took a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustice.
I actually like Brandon Marshall.
Every time I’ve seen a game he’s played in—he plays hard. He plays to win.
Nor do I have an issue with him standing, or kneeling, for what he believes in.
I would hope that when someone stands or kneels for something they do their due diligence and research the subject with extra scrutiny, etc. But if they don’t—I still support them in taking a stand, or a knee.
Here is what I do take issue with.
Brandon Marshall quote: “It’s cool because people can call me the N-word or cuss at me…” Unquote.
Brandon, who called you the “n” word?
And even if some people might have, are you lumping all of us, who might not hold or share your view, in that category?
I’m not preaching to you, however, I do question your role in all this.
I mean, if you’re not trying to spread hate, yet support an organization that chants “Pigs in a blanket, fry like bacon”, it repudiates your objective of spreading love to drive out hate.
Further, if you say you think it’s cool if someone calls you the “n” word, just because they disagree with you, well, excuse me, but I don’t think it’s cool if anyone calls you the “n” word, just because they don’t support your view.
Isn’t this the reason why your conducting your protest against social injustice (bais)?
Shouldn’t this make you less prone to then categorically lump the few with the many?
Let me ask you: Why does every single issue or debate have to go there?
Can’t people disagree and clash in the arena of ideas, and cultural advancement, without skin color or the “n” word needing to be interjected into the dialogue?
Even in regards to the discourse concerning racism—using pejoratives never advances the conversation. Rather, it stifles it, and is often the catalyst for further racism.
Moreover, wouldn’t logic, reason, and truth be better places to start the conversation about such a conflicted issue, instead of reverting to hateful words like the “n” word?
The definition of oppression is: unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power.
More often than not, such behaviors are claimed against governments.
You agree with this premise because you took a knee and refused to stand for the national anthem in response to the claim that the USA oppressed you.
How, did this country oppress you?
I mean, as standards go, you’re a successful professional athlete who has—through hard work and assiduousness to detail—earned millions of dollars.
If you had issues or events in your life that caused you pain, were they brought upon you by individuals or groups?
Were those people or groups government sponsored?
Briefly, I recite history in a different way.
I see the world in 1860 as a place where slavery existed. Where people were, in fact, oppressed and unjustly treated.
Then, in 1861, one nation—the United States of America—fought a war to end slavery in their land.
An estimated 750, 000 US Soldiers lost their lives in the US Civil War.
Many US Citizens also died in the bloody conflict.
It is estimated that the war claimed the lives of 40 percent of all US males between the ages of 18 to 45 years of age.
Because of this country’s civil war, that cost the lives of so many, it directly and indirectly led the way for the world to end the scourge of institutional slavery.
It would not be the only instance in history when the USA would rise up to attempt such bold objectives, for the sake and benefit of humanity.
Across the world, the USA fought in many conflicts to attempt to liberate people from the clutches of oppression.
No, the USA has not always succeeded in its ventures to unshackle people from tyranny.
But to try to accomplish great enterprises—even to fail in the prodigious industry of emancipation—reveals the heart and spirit of this great country.
I wish all to view the USA Flag in a much higher, broader scope and shine the brightest light on its record.
While there are many instances of oppression in the USA’s history, I see a country who just elected its first black president, has given immense potency to millions of minorities throughout its history, and who has now given opportunity to many women to assume leadership roles in its governance.
I do not claim the USA is impeccable, or guiltless.
I know, in truth, it is not.
But when I look at the USA Flag I see a different vision than you see.
When I look at the USA Flag, I perceive a country imperfect in its existence, but unafraid to look itself in the reflection of history’s mirror and bravely confront the evils of humanity, so to struggle for the weak, the poor, and the oppressed—even to the point of shedding its own precious blood.
For all its faults and blemishes, despite its immeasurable injustices, I would never conceive the thought of not offering reverence to the Flag under which was paid the ultimate sacrifice by so many, to dare the awesome dream and strive—even perish—to preserve the Liberty of ALL.
Author of Publius: Libertas Aut Mors & Sword and the Pythia