When it comes to controversial moves by activists, little compares to acts that disrespect the United States. Ever since former NFL star Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel during the National Anthem, it has become somewhat of a trend, and some people are speaking out against this anti-American act.
Matthew Stafford is the quarterback for the Detroit Lions, and his wife, Kelly Stafford, is one of the people speaking out against the protesting NFL players. Following a picture of an American flag, Kelly took to Instagram to make her opinion known. “The anthem is not the national police song. The anthem is not the national racist’s song. The anthem is an exercise in how this country can endure and rise, how we can agree on its future potential, even while struggling with the present,” she quoted of author and journalist, Mitch Albom.
The quote from Mitch Albom discusses how there is another way to view the rockets and bombs referenced in the National Anthem.
Maybe, just maybe, they represent “challenges our democracy faces today,” and essentially is a sign of togetherness instead of separation, as Albom’s quote explains.
In what may be the most sincere–yet sad–part, Stafford explains that she knows there will be backlash for her decision to comment on the issue, which is why she hesitated to post her opinion on the matter.
Stafford went on to say that she believes, “We can stand and show our unity against everything that doesn’t represent what this flag stands for.” Her suggestion is that by having people break away from the traditions of standing during the National Anthem, we are already dividing ourselves further.
Then, just to clarify, she suggested that all Americans stand against racism, white supremacists, killing of cops, police brutality, and sex slave trafficking, and “against anything that is not the ideal for this country.” It begs to reason that there are far more bad things going on than just police brutality and racism.
She closed her post with a powerful thought, “Let’s unite in the fact that God made us all unique and different and that is something we should cherish. You can disagree with me, and that is totally ok…let’s use this forum to discuss (not yell at each other) and listen to one another.”
Stafford’s frustration on this topic and desire for togetherness makes sense, especially considering how many people are sitting and kneeling during the start of the new football season.
It has spread from Colin Kaepernick, to Marshawn Lynch from the Oakland Raiders. Even a majority of the Cleveland Browns all met on the sidelines to kneel together for the National Anthem during their last game.
It’s expected that more people to come forward and speak about this issue as it becomes a more common problem throughout the football season. This “trend” may even spread to other sports.
The more people who are aware of how this is separating Americans, the more people will openly speak out. If there is no dialogue on the issues, America will just separate further, and that is not good for any American, regardless of race, class, or location.