I want to share words of a good friend, a veteran, about the events of this week as my week in the word.
Hope it blesses and challenges you,
(words by Jeff Hall)
Another day. Another back man shot and killed by police while his hands were up. Meanwhile, we continue to have people up in arms about the fact that athletes are protesting actions like this by kneeling during the national anthem.
The “establishment of justice” and the idea that “all men are created equal” are not simply ideas. They are our founding principles, enshrined in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The “Star-Spangled Banner” was a poem that became a song and wasn’t made our national anthem until 1931. It, like the flag it describes, is a symbol of the principles so eloquently laid out in the founding documents.
If you are more upset by the disrespect shown for a SYMBOL of our country’s principles than you are by the disrespect shown **to the actual principles themselves** every time black bodies are treated as less equal and destroyed without due process or the establishment of meaningful justice then you need to take a step back and re-evaluate how you really feel about America.
Colin Kaepernick is not the problem. Blind, unquestioning allegiance to a symbol is a problem. Turning our backs on who we are as a people to destroy the lives of those we have decided are “other” is a problem.
I have risked my life in multiple theaters and on multiple occasions to defend the CONSTITUTION of the United States, and all the principles it enshrines. I didn’t do it to defend a flag, or a song. I did it so we could live in a country where we were free to be who we are – even if we are black – without the fear of being deprived of our life, liberty or property without due process of law.
By all means, get pissed. But get pissed about the right thing.