Jonathan, this right here is why I write about race in America on Medium, to facilitate necessary and meaningful dialogue. So I look for opportunities to chat with folks where mutual care and respect are the order of the day.
Just so we’re clear, my contention about showy and fervent flag reverence is the same thing in spirit that you agree with — “many people that claim patriotism aren’t willing to extend the promises of equality under the law to all Americans.” American patriotism is all about upholding the concepts of equal treatment under the law, we the people, etc. Disingenuous, fake, faux, insincere patriotism is essentially the same thing in my mind. Equal treatment under the law, we the people, liberty and justice for all are inextricably connected. I intentionally said that two different ways to make my point.
I agree with the majority of what you’ve said and — in fact, we should do a tweet-up if you’re ever in Orlando. But first … Kaepernick’s switch in tactic from a sitting to kneeling during the anthem was a very good choice. I also agree that kneeling is a far better (less offensive) means of protest while showing his support of the American ideals blah, blah, blah.
“If he had started out that way…”
Come on now, Jonathan. How long have you been living in the U.S.? [chuckle] We both know that Kaepernick is any percentage black rescinds any potential pass he would get regarding the how, when, or where of his protest. So we can throw that point out the window. The simple truth of the matter is that it’s much more palatable for a segment of this country’s white population to embrace “outrage” over a perceived wrong than it is to embrace an open and honest conversation about racism.
The point is this: we, as Americans — black, white, and everything in between — need to start focusing on the reason for the protest: systemic racism against people of color.
Let’s talk about that. Are we in agreement that racism is still an issue today in America?