Written By: Keter Crosby
The National Anthem has become the topic of discussion this week after coaches and players protest on NFL Sunday by taking a knew during its singing across the league. Former San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, has become a household name most notably for his kneeling during the singing of the National Anthem last year.
Colin Kaepernick’s protest has stirred up a lot of controversy starting last year and entering into this current season. Resulting, in outcries for a cultural ban of the NFL in the black community. We must first reiterate the reason why Colin took a knee protesting the flag in the first place. Last year the ex-NFL quarterback took a knee to protest the murdering of black males in America by police officers. This protest had nothing to do with Military veterans; this has everything to do with the unjust treatment of Blacks and Minorities in America.
This ongoing protest has drawn a lot of attention by the national media. Nick Cannon has always been vocal about social justice and equality. He joined members of the community in St. Louis, Missouri who were marching after Jason Stockley’s acquittal for killing Anthony Lamar Smith. These protests have been receiving more attention after POTUS stated “Get these sons of b****es off the field”.
I believe those remarks speak volume about the current state of the nation. I am not now nor will I ever be a fan of silent protest and marching. Protests, rallies, and marches are easily dismissed by the main stream media and very seldom taken seriously. When has this country ever stood up for the rights and freedoms of all its citizens? When has the concerns of the misrepresented or disenfranchised ever been addressed on a national scale?
This country’s very system of politics and government has been built off the oppression of the minority. We cannot forget the history of the country because history without fail will repeat itself. What is under scrutiny? The systematic mistreatment of not just the minority, but the voiceless majority is under protested. The rhetoric explaining the righteousness and honor of this American system is spread by those that have a voice of influence in the media and news.
The truth will never see the light of day when the liars of this system are controlling your access to information. It is not a person that we are warring against. Nor is it a group of people that we are in opposition to. American ideologies has conditioned people to justify the murder of unarmed civilians. It is the indoctrination of American people that is the true adversary.
The national attention that this protest is receiving can either be good or bad. It can either bring light to an existing problem or it can cause a further racial divide. One thing is for sure, the struggle for equality and justice continues. We as a people must realize the grave injustice that has struck this country.