There’s been a lot of talk on social media this week since the players in the NFL decided to kneel for the anthem to make a statement. I’m not really here to get political with you. There’s been enough of that. What I am here to say is that you can care about more than one issue at a time, even if one issue needs more attention than the others.
Let me tell you about a few things I care about that some people would say are controversial to each other.
I care about the FACT that black people in America are still discriminated against and treated unfairly. I care about the lives of police officers. I care if a police officer is racist and abuses his power to degrade people he should be serving. I care that police officers are putting their own lives at risk by walking up to cars at traffic stops, not knowing exactly what they are about to step into. I care that some citizens see the police AND the black citizens as a threat.
I care that the players of the NFL used their platform to speak out about an issue that is rampant in this country. I care about the men and women that serve in the military to keep me safe and keep this country free. I care that our President uses every chance he gets to spout discrimination and hate. I care that we have to rise above all of these things to be able change just one of them. I care that one day, I’ll have children who won’t understand the things they see on the news or why some people say you shouldn’t go in that neighborhood because it’s a little “dark.” I care that racial slurs are an awful, embarrassing part of Southern culture. I care that a citizen just commented on a mugshot of a man that looked Caucasian but had a Hispanic last name stating “let me guess, green card, right?”
You can care about more than one thing at once. In fact, you should. You should always care about both sides of the coin because we’re not talking about cars or toys or inanimate objects here. We’re talking about people, human beings. People who deserve to be treated fairly, regardless of the color of their skin. People who deserve to go home safe to their families. People who shouldn’t have to be afraid of those who swore to serve & protect. People who shouldn’t be afraid to do their job because of that promise.
People who deserve basic human rights. That’s fundamentally what we’re talking about here. It’s time for a lot of brutally honest conversations and even more introspection to rid ourselves of prejudices that serve no purpose other than hate.