I Stand

I have had to go off of Facebook, to preserve my personal relationships with friends, and family. I had to go off of Facebook to keep my opinions to myself. I am a black woman. I am a black woman who served in the Army. I am a black woman, who served in the Army, and deployed to Afghanistan, and not only risked my life, but saw countless lives lost, and helped save many other lives.

Statement released by Pete Carroll in Saturday evening before Sunday’s game…

Statement released from the Seahawks before they played on Sunday…

Countless teams took a knee during the National Anthem. The Seahawks elected to remain in the locker room. I believe several teams took this route.

Although his entire team – Pittsburgh Steelers – remained in the locker room, former Army Ranger Andrew Villanueva exited, and stood. Divided from his team, together with his fans, together with his brothers and sisters in the armed forces.

Why is everyone protesting the flag and National Anthem? I have asked myself this repeatedly. I know about the Black Lives Matters protests… Did it really have to make it to the NFL, and NBA (from what I have heard)? They say the President is “racist.” Okay, and? They say this is a “peaceful protest.” I beg to differ! They say this is what veterans, especially those who paid the ultimate price, were fighting for, “freedom of speech,” they are “exercising that right.” I completely disagree!

The first amendment reads: “Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

I have studied the First Amendment, and it’s clauses… no where do I see justification for disrespecting our National Anthem and flag. Protests are fine. Petitions are fine. But this? This is downright disgusting. Don’t tell me that the Soldiers who fought and died for this country died, for your right to disrespect the flag. I have been to war. I have seen men, practically boys die. I can assure you, it wasn’t so you could disrespect the flag they had on their left arm – if their arm was still intact.

“The National Anthem isn’t doing what it says it would do.” Let me tell you something about the National Anthem, you idiots. It was written as a poem by Francis Scott Key, originally on September 14, 1814. It did not become the National Anthem of the United States until March 3, 1931.

What does that mean? That means it was written during a time of slavery in the United States. Yes, slavery was not abolished until 1865 in the United States – yet you all stood for the flag and National Anthem before, am I not right? The Star Spangled Banner was made the National Anthem in a time of segregation. Yet, no one had a problem then. There were Presidents that called blacks – niggers, Japanese – Japs, people from Poland – pollacks. Yet, they are still hailed some of the greatest Presidents in history.

After serving in the US Army, I will never disrespect the President of the United States. I do not have to agree with everything he does, or says – however, he is the Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces. I receive a check from the Veterans Affairs office, so he is still very much my Commander in Chief. America voted him in, America need respect the man. He was not a politician. They voted him in because they liked him because he was crass, because he said whatever he was thinking. Better luck next time America?

In the meantime, the President is NOT the flag or National Anthem. As a black veteran, I think you are a bunch of idiots. Don’t try to be patriotic. By disrespecting the flag and blaming it on supporting black people and veterans. Do your research. Education is power! I saw an article titled: Does Trump Know Why the NFL is Kneeling? I had to laugh and retort, Does the NFL Know Why They Are Kneeling? The answer to me is obviously a NO.

STOP LOOKING FOR A REASON TO BE OFFENDED!

I STAND, HAND OVER HEART, I STAND.

Okay, that’s my rant. I think I’m done.

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