My friend, Susie Dixon, wrote this on her Facebook page today and it is being reprinted below with permission. I will have a few more comments below…….
“For all my friends who are outraged at all the “kneeling” and “standing in unity” during the national anthem at football games, I would like to share my heart with you.
The protest is not against our military or disrespecting all the lives lost protecting our country. This flag represents so much more. It represents America. History. People. Freedom. And it also represents a country that still has racism embedded within our histories past and present documents…which have shadowed and demoralized how people of color are still treated today. These protests are speaking to all institutions who have bought into the lies of supremacy and inequality. They are speaking to all people to open their eyes to the discrepancies within our culture, within our own homes and communities, and with one voice say, “No more. We stand for equality and freedom and justice for all.””
Read it again – especially the last few sentences……
This protest is not against the military or disrespecting lives lost defending it. If you have studied the Revolutionary War, you’ll know that our country was founded on protests.
“These protests are speaking to all institutions who have bought into the lies of supremacy and inequality.” All, not just.
“They are speaking to all people to open their eyes.”
“No more. We stand for equality and freedom and justice for all.”
Not just the white people.
Thank you Susie.