USWNT's Megan Rapinoe Knelt During The National Anthem In Support Of Colin Kaepernick
Ut oh. It seems we are heading down a dangerous path here. Obviously I respect her taking a knee in defiance of this societal issue, but I can't help but think it's a gesture that's going to spread like wildfire now that it has the backing of a homosexual white girl. The LGBT community is nothing if not trendsetting so I would imagine it won't be long before we have split stadiums staring up and down at each other like it's impossible to simultaneously support our troops while sympathizing with the plight of the African American. Honoring our freedoms and acknowledging oppression are both worthy causes, but being forced to choose between the two is undoubtedly going to create inevitable moments of uneasiness. I haven't gone to church since I was given the option to skip church, but I vividly remember that awkward moment when everyone was trying to figure out whether they should be kneeling or standing. Put that moment to song and you've essentially got the scene when crowds at sporting venues hear the National Anthem start playing.
In all seriousness, Megan Rapinoe just brought more attention to prejudice in this country than the person she was mimicking and she did so completely unintentionally. Think about it. When the black athlete planted his ass on the bench during the Star Spangled Banner he was met with eye rolls, threatening think pieces, and general condemnation. All the sudden a gay blonde chick does something similar and she gets a universal round of applause? If the fact that's it's more acceptable to sit in opposition of the oppression of black people AS A WHITE PERSON isn't a little telling to you then you should probably remove your fingers from your voluntarily deaf ears. Everything is easier as a member of the majority - ironically enough - even fighting for racial equality on behalf of minorities!
Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand at attention and he's anti-American for disrespecting the flag. Megan Rapinoe refuses to stand at attention and she's courageous for fighting against inherent injustices. I think both their actions are worthy of praise, but it WILL be funny listening to people trying to differentiate between the two simply because they like the U.S. women's soccer player more than the backup quarterback. What's the biggest difference between them, you ask? Hmm, good question.
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