To the Editor:
Kneeling before the American flag during the National Anthem, in my view, is a cry for help against the violence toward black Americans. Is it not honoring the death of a black 17-year-old walking home with candy in hand? Kneeling is an act of reverence toward our country’s values and reverence for human life. It is not an aggressive act. It is not a violent act. It is a spiritual act for human dignity. Their action is a statement about something that needs to be brought out into the world. It is as if they are bowing before our legislature our president and most importantly the American people during a sacred time toward our flag, song and values. They do it honorably without saying one word. Their silence is heard. I hope that is their right and privilege as American citizens. It seems to me this is Democracy in real time. This is the way struggles and injustices are brought before us.
What would be said if many people waved Confederate flags, Nazi flags and those with a portrait of Robert E. Lee? What tweet would our president have?
What would the rest of us say? Our flag and song are strong representations for what we as people hold true. However, when our cherished flag and song become more significant and more powerful than the dignity of human life then I say something is deadly wrong. Isn’t life the supreme value and kneeling for it the greatest good?