This country was built on protests, not because people hate the country, but because they love this country and expect for it to keep its promises to everyone. Things cannot be fixed until it is admitted that they are broken.
Kneeling is both a sign of respect and a sign of sympathy. I can kneel to say, “I respect the flag, but the country it represents, my country, is sick. It needs healing. I do not kneel to disrespect, but kneel FOR all of the rights that this country promises to be administered fairly and equally to all of its citizens.”
I kneel to cry. The President of our country has no shame in saying “Son of bitch.”. I cry for him. I cry for our country. I am too weak from crying to stand.
Let’s be perfectly clear on something here. It is NOT against any law to sit, kneel, or even lie prone while the Star Spangled Banner is being played. It is everyone’s right to do as they will. According to Title 36 (section 171) of the United States Code, “During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in (military) uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart …” ‘Should’ does not equate to ‘must’, and there are neither penalties nor punishment for failing to do so. It is not a law.
Before a pre-season game in 2016, Colin Kaepernick sat down, actually took to one knee, as opposed to the tradition of standing, during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. During a post-game interview, he explained his position stating, “I am not going to stand…
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In 2016 NFL San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began a peaceful protest against police brutality and criminality of Black people. Especially the unjust killings of unarmed non threatening Black males. His peaceful protest consisted of not standing for the national anthem. Once he started, he was accused of harming our LEOs and disrespecting the US military. He was subjected to massive outrage from people of all backgrounds, especially from military personnel.
Fast forward to April 2017. April 23,2017 was the last day for Marine Sgt. Justin Noah Lampkins. On Sunday April 23, 2017 at 1:19 am, 25 yr old Marine Sgt. Justin Noah Lampkins was at a McDonald’s Drive thru in Bedford, ,Indiana. Several vehicles were ahead of Sgt. Lampkins’ vehicle when he honked a horn in the drive thru. At this point, Evan Schaffer, 22 yr old criminal who had a warrant from another state, because he skipped a court hearing, got out of his truck and punched Lampkins in his face.
Schaffer walked away but decided to turn around and continue the confrontation. Lampkins, defending himself, shoved Schaffer. Schaffer pulled out a gun and shot the unarmed Lampkins in the chest. Schaffer and his friends fled the scene . Lampkins was taken to IU Health Hospital where he died of his wounds.
Bedford Police caught up with Schaffer and his friends. The 4 friends cooperated and gave up. Schaffer resisted arrest and was Tasered into submission. Schaffer has been charged with Lampkins murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Sgt. Justin Noah Lampkins joined the military in 2011, one year after graduating from Bloomington High School North. He was inspired to join the military by his grandfather, an Army veteran. Lampkins was honorably discharged in 2015.
Evan Schaffer had a warrant for carrying a weapon without a permit and transporting a weapon to another county. He is also facing charges of arson. Read the rest of this entry