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Still Kneeling During the National Anthem? Why You Should Stop.

Updated on October 1, 2017

It's all the rage right now. Kneeling during the national anthem. Your first amendment rights are protected from repercussions from the government should you choose to kneel. Raise awareness about how our minorities are being treated. Kneeling during the National Anthem is a great way to show you care some, but not enough to do anything substantial about it and try to solve the problem. It's great publicity too whether it's good or bad.

A little history

Kneeling is in no way going to solve the problem minorities have in America. This problem goes way deeper than that. LBJ attempted to solve the poverty problem by throwing money at the issue. This only made things worse. It was a huge bandage over a sepsis filled festering wound. The war on poverty is still a war. Derryck Green from project 21 articulated the core of the problem exquisitely.

“The disastrous effects of the government's management of anti-poverty initiatives are recognizable across racial lines, but the destruction is particularly evident in the black community. It effectively subsidized the dissolution of the black family by rendering the black man's role as a husband and a father irrelevant, invisible and — more specifically — disposable. The result has been several generations of blacks born into broken homes and broken communities experiencing social, moral and economic chaos. It fosters an inescapable dependency that primarily, and oftentimes solely, relies on government to sustain livelihoods.”

It overshadowed a devastating shooting

In fact, this kneeling business is gaining so much attention the shooting that happened in Tennessee barely made the papers or on-line publications. It's way back there, but it should be the front page. Emanuel K. Samson killed one and injured several others. They don't have his motive yet. Frankly, I find this much more important than kneeling during the National Anthem.


So, while there is all this craziness on both sides of the political spectrum about kneeling very few have acknowledged the elephant in the room. For those who want to kneel, what does their employment contract say about that? If the contract says stand during the National Anthem then you had better stand or you risk being fired. The first amendment doesn't protect you from termination of your job for not performing the duties you said you would. Your signature is right there. If I'm a math teacher, and I decide math is stupid and refuse to teach it anymore, the first amendment doesn't protect me either. I'm fired it's that simple.

The Drama

This kneeling crap has caused a lot of drama. What team does the ringleader Colin Kaepernick play for these day? No team, he remains unemployed. His football playing skills do not outweigh the amount of drama he brings to a team. Coaches don't want that on their team. Fans don't come to a football game to watch politics that's not what they paid for. Now the NFL is paying a high price for allowing it to begin with.

If you want to do something about inequality...

Great! Be part of the solution! Not a lazy supporter who can only take the time to kneel. That solves nothing. There are a few companies out there to get started with

Project 21 leadership – tackling the war on poverty

500 startups – helps support minorities in the tech industry

Techstars – helps minority founders get their tech businesses up and running.

There are obviously more companies like these, but this can get the ball rolling for you.

If you actually want to solve the problem of the war on poverty and the unequal treatment of minorities I solute you. If you just want to kneel to bring more attention (good or bad) to yourself then that's your constitutional right as an American and you have the right to look like a jerk on camera. If you aren't backing that up with actionable solutions then you don't really care. This needs to end, there are bigger problems out there that merit so much more attention.

For those effected by the Tennessee shooting my deepest condolences to you and your family. I pray the Lord provides you peace through this trial.


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    • Rebekah Steenbock profile imageAUTHOR


      13 months ago from Georgia

      Double R, I would love to hear your proposed solutions.

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      Double R 

      13 months ago

      There is nothing wrong with them kneeling. There are many ways to go about fighting for racial equality. Why not tackle the problem from every angle? Unless you have been in the shoes of those who have had to battle every day or seen their loved ones have eir rights violated then there is not too much that you can say. I agree that there are different ways to go about it. ALL of them should be used...PERIOD!!!!

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      13 months ago from U.S.A.

      Thank you, my friend. I like the way you present your material. We both have worked with the disenfranchised and poor. We do share a path in our Lord. You have a new follower as well. If Abwilliams is following you, in my view, and you have chosen to follow me, we are indeed true American Christians. Keep up the good Hubs! I'll be reading them.

      Indeed, they should respect our anthem and our flag. They claim they do, but let them deal with their souls if they don't. They are richer than most of us. If they are phony about their cause, than death will not be the touchdown they want. Thanks.

    • Rebekah Steenbock profile imageAUTHOR


      13 months ago from Georgia

      Hi Tim, you bring up some really great points. A few months back I wrote a 3 articles about tackling the poverty problem.

      I also used to work in low-income housing and you are right poverty does not discriminate by color. I don't know their names right off the top of my head but there are numerous non-profits out there that provide job-training, interview clothes, networking opportunities etc. It's really cool and a great way to offer that much needed handup (not handout) that so many need to get out of poverty.

      There are many in poverty that are far from lazy you are right. It can be such a vicious cycle of not having time to advance your skills because you have to work 3 jobs to make ends meet.

      I too base my politics on faith. I have to do right by God first

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      13 months ago from U.S.A.

      Excellent article. I agree, taking action is better than a passive stance on anything. However, the poverty initiatives did allow many people of color to go to college, feed their families, and enter into otherwise closed areas of employment. Because of those initiatives, women also benefited. In fact, the poverty policies were expanded because poor White men and women needed such items as food stamps. Poverty is not a "color" thing - it doesn't select who will go hungry.

      There is something that is often missed in this discussion when we start talking about race - there is a Black middle class which is far from"lazy." Laziness doesn't belong to one group either. (Those NFL players probably work harder than many Americans, White or Black. We should try getting hit that hard some days.)

      The last time I checked, women are minorities also. Yet, women will soon be the majority in the population. But Power still is denied to them. Perhaps, you can help change this, too. So another mother, White or Black, doesn't have to hear her child has been killed by men and women sworn to protect him.

      I will stand for our flag and always sing our great anthem. I enjoyed your writing, and don't think my views are liberal: my first thoughts are Christian. I'll keep reading your work; we are of one blood, American.

    • Rebekah Steenbock profile imageAUTHOR


      13 months ago from Georgia

      Love it A B!!

    • abwilliams profile image

      A B Williams 

      13 months ago from Central Florida

      Hi Rebekah -

      You've made many valid points in this article. I love the work that Project 21 is doing.

      I just came across this quote and I am sharing it far and wide -

      "May we think of Freedom, not as the Right to do as we please, but as the Opportunity to do what is Right."

      -Peter Marshall

      My sentiments exactly!


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