The freedoms we possess in the United States of America,
does not mean we are allowed the freedom of disrespect. Joni Berry
I am passionate about the words I recently wrote concerning our freedoms. And I think it should include all people and all things in the United States.
Including the NFL players who are sitting during our national anthem. I would like to recommend Viktor E Frankl’s book, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” for them to read. In it he states that “no one has the right to do wrong, not even if wrong has been done to them.” And what these players are doing by disrespecting our national anthem and flag, is wrong. Because they are also disrespecting the fans.
I also use Frankl as an example because, if anyone had the right to do wrong, it would be Viktor E Frankl. He was a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Frankl was violated mentally and physically in every unimaginable sadistic way, only to come out of the camp to find his bride had been gassed. His family was gone.
Instead of disrespect and destruction Viktor realized that it was by looking to the future, where real change and survival can be created. For this was how they survived the camps. Not by sitting on a bench turning into a pillar of salt! Because those who sat in their huts and bunks, died. And you, sitting NFL players could be killing your own careers.( Just a thought.)
In a simpler statement, change comes from moving forward and doing.
Now, I know somewhere in your minds, you truly believe you are bringing awareness to the problem. But I will have to pop your disillusioned bubble, and tell you that awareness of the problem was started back in the sixties. What you are doing now, is like spitting in the wind with it only to splatter back on your face. Instead, what you should be doing is to take the awareness, run with it, and be the change!
Move forward and do.
Now, for those of us who have been in the inner city trenches, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, abuse shelters, and ministry outreach; we view the sitting as an example of apathy and child-like attention grabbing. You want to do something, but you don’t want to get your hands dirty. So it is easier to sit.
And the message which you are sending to the American kids is that to create change all they need to do is sit, pout, and be disrespectful. Instead you could be promoting change, by being living, active examples within your communities.
So, I challenge each one you who sits that if you truly desire change and not attention, then you put your money where your butt is now. Start an inner city fund among the athletes to promote education, small business, and a way out of the poverty and drugs. Join the local police and ask “How can I help you to bring this community together?” Give the kids positive, hard-working examples to immolate.
And remind the world, that when much is given, much is expected in return.
For, it is one thing to talk change, but it is another to walk the change. It takes courage and ambition to create honorable change, along with a humble spirit. Which might be too far away from the spotlight for you.
Still, I challenge you!
Because if you continue to sit, maybe the time has come for the hard-working American people to show you change. Those of us who will never know in our life time, one year of your salary. The no bodies, who are out in the trenches trying to make a difference. And buying the tickets and merchandise your franchise sells which affords you, your luxurious lifestyle.
We could start our own boycott of your team, your stadiums, your apparel, and the companies and media outlets who endorse you. And with social media today, a bunch of no bodies could take a chunk out of your pocket-book and the NFL. For someone who loves her football teams, it will be hard. But because I am someone who loves and respects what her country stands for, it will be my mission.
So, if you think sitting is a protest, wait until you see us, standing Americans, protest with the boycotts. Because we are sick and tired of you multi-million dollar athletes being cry babies! The privilege you have been given is not one you deserve, proven by your actions.
(I do need to add a note…I know there are teams who are not sitting. And I also know that my two teams, Houston Texans & Carolina Panthers, create change within their communities. Except they do it the honorable way God tells us to; without bragging or attention. So to those teams, I say “thank you!”)
Remember, I challenge those of you who are sitting, to stand and be the real change in America!
I hope to see everyone standing this Sunday.