A while back a certain American politician/clergyman made some comments that I thought were really ridiculous. I remember saying, in disbelief and a little annoyance, that he shouldn’t have been allowed to say something so insane (It really doesn’t matter what it was… bear with me…).
My older brother Michael said in answer, basically… “You know, I’m grateful to live in a country where he can be who he is and say what he says and not go to jail.”
This weekend, in the NFL (and even at least one guy in the MLB), a growing number of players took a knee instead of standing for the National Anthem. They knelt to protest a politician’s remarks, and they also knelt in the spirit of the originator of this anthem protest movement… in recognition of the terrible racial divide in the U.S.
I respect their decision to do so and am also occasionally enraged by this racial divide, but I also must respect those who feel unhappy about it. And just as importantly, I respect those teammates who chose to stand for the anthem… but somehow ALSO found a way to stand with the teammates who knelt.
Whether you take a knee or stand, we need to love one another.
I love the fact that athletes can teach us that beyond tolerance… we can celebrate each other beyond our disagreements.
More of that please.