Controversy erupted over the weekend as NFL players joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner. The President tweeted repeatedly in response and railed against these actions at a rally in Alabama.
If you are troubled by athletes choosing to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality against African Americans, I am wondering what alternative form of protest you would be comfortable with. How could they do it better? When members of society see what they perceive as repeated, systemic injustice, what particular form of protest would you prescribe?
To ask a related question, I share Kyle James Howard’s query: “Why? Why do you disagree with the method? What is it about the method you disagree with?”
Three articles to consider
I have read two articles by conservative writers that I believe accurately name the profound issues with President Trump’s response to the protest. I share them for your consideration:
A brief article by David French: I Understand Why They Knelt
A longer treatment by Alan Noble: Why Trump’s Criticism of NFL Players is Racist
I also want to share this brief but excellent piece by black Christian pastor Charlie Dates: There’s No Dishonor in Kneeling: a Response on Colin Kaepernick.
White friends, as tempting as it is to focus elsewhere–where there is less conflict, fewer landmines—we must not turn away. African Americans are calling for our attention. We must listen, ponder, pray, ask our questions, lean in.
© 2017, Laura Goetsch and Thinking About Such Things