Be the change: 7 reasons why spectators should sit or kneel during the anthem
Tonight is Rivalry Night at Williston-Elko High School, and almost the entirety of the Towns of Blackville, Elko, Hilda, Williston and Windsor will be at the Devils’ Den for the game.
This presents the opportunity for residents of the five towns, three of which are majority African-American (Blackville, Elko and Windsor), to be the change that forces this nation to be a more perfect union, as promised in our Constitution.
Injustice continues to roll on, and we have been complicit for far too long. Time for us to stop being complicit in promoting injustice, and time to start confronting it.
If you arrive before 19:27, here are seven reasons (unordered) why you should sit or kneel during the national anthem.
- Transgender people are still being targeted for hate. This is plainly obvious as laws such as North Carolina’s House Bill 2 and Oxford, Ala.’s unconstitutional ordinance that sees transgender people as subhuman and foments violence against trans people.
- Pregnant people are still treated as third-class citizens. Even with Texas’s House Bill 2 gone, states like Indiana are treating pregnant people worse than animals. A prime example of this is the state’s prosecution of Purvi Patel.
- Racism in policing has gone completely out of control. Look around, as this is the reason the anthem protests began in the first place! Also, there are confirmed reports that some agencies hire openly KKK members.
- Fracking is destroying our environment. Native Americans have been protesting to protect our lands from destruction by extreme radicals in the oil and gas industry. In Oklahoma, 100% of the earthquakes that have happened in the last 21 months were solely because of fracking.
- Muslims, Witches, and others (and more recently, Jewish people) are being persecuted because of their faith. Islamophobia, which began on September 12, 2001, is the top reported hate crime in the United States for much of the past 15 years. In places like New York City, Muslims are being killed by Christians because of who they are. Since Donald Trump won the GOP nomination for president, Jewish people have reported a spike in hate attacks by the so-called “alt-right”.
- Nudists are still being denied basic civil rights in many places. And Williston is no exception as they continue to enforce a local ordinance banning nudity — an ordinance that was preempted by South Carolina’s state government on May 2, 2006.
- The national anthem was written by a slave owner and celebrated the killing of slaves. If none of the reasons above convinces you to sit or kneel during the anthem, this sure will — if you are a decent human being, that is:
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave
Now, you will understand why people are doing this.