When this disrespectful action began a few years ago I was offended and shared posts stating how wrong others felt this was. I was wearing my blinders and felt like the money these men make to ‘play’ a game shouldn’t allow them to show disrespect to the soldiers who are serving or the veterans that have served.
My husband and I went for a bike ride today so we missed all the commentary on today’s NFL kneeling. When we arrived home I found some posts about our home team, The Denver Bronco’s, kneeling and I began to get upset about it. I then reminded myself I did research the reasons that some of these players were doing this last year and found some common ground I have with them.
I was arrested and convicted of a felony 2 + decades ago. It was a life changing event in my life, my marriage and our family. For years I refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. I no longer believed in it. I’ve walked through an experience that proved to me that we no longer have ‘Justice for All’ If you have a big enough bank account you can get justice. Our entire justice system is fueled by the drive for money. From fines and fees to hiring lawyers. We are told our tax dollars build and fund jails. When you are incarcerated you are told you have to pay fines and fees for your incarceration. They are double dipping from the taxpayers and the inmates- but you can’t get anyone to listen to you. The taxpayers say the inmates should pay. They can’t hear that both are paying.
My brother served in Viet Nam. My father served in the Korean Conflict. I have many friends whose kids are serving today. I have nephews and cousins serving. I never blamed any of these people when I no longer believed in Justice for All. I don’t think our NFL players are blaming the soldiers either. While in some ways I think it wrong for ‘entertainers’ to shove their personal opinions into our homes, I also feel it will take a GIANT to quash this justice system that has gone awry.
I agree with my fellow citizens that President Trump was wrong to call names. While he may want a different approach from NFL players, calling names is not going to fix the problem as we saw today.
While I don’t think our justice system is fair- I also am not shooting myself in the foot to call attention to it. I had to make my own peace with this flawed system. I compared our system to several others around the world. I would not want to walk through any other justice system on this planet. So I decided to make what changes I could. I could change my attitude. I could change my actions. I can vote. I can research the candidates, judges, ballot measures and I can vote with purpose. This is the way I chose to make changes in a system I do not like or trust. I also believe my way is slower than a snail in making a difference, so possibly these overpaid game players will bring a change needed, this is overdue.