Friday, September 9, 2016
Kneel All You Want, Just Not This Sunday
I don't have a lot of vivid memories from before I was 10...Really makes me wonder what I'm blocking out but we'll get to that another time. But one memory I do have is how people felt on September 11th. We all know how sad it was so I don't need to go into ESPN mode and tug at your heart strings. More than anything else it was the most historic effort by a group of cops and firefighters in this countries history. That day should, until the end of time, be a day to respect cops, firefighters and troops alike. If you don't want to stand for those putting their lives on the line today, do it for those who lost theirs back then.
Anyone who has the internet knows there's a lot of talk about a race issue with cops. I don't see it. But as anyone who has ever replied to me on Twitter will tell you, I don't see much. I used to exhaust myself defending cops, something I'll still do over a few wobbly pops. But enough black people have talked about a shared experience dealing with cops that I'll never have to deal with so there's obviously something to it. And if you feel kneeling or sitting or tap dancing during the National Anthem is representative of something bigger for you, I'm cool with that. And I realize it's tempting no matter your beliefs, to have a flock of media members and white knights on twitter pat you on the back. And in the social media age everyone needs instant gratification. But my request is simple. Just wait a day.