Thank you for sharing your opinion of America with me and the rest of your countrymen.
You decided not to stand during the National Anthem, because as you said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”
Since you were kind enough to present your opinion to me, I will return the favor.
Colin, your statements make it crystal clear that you do not like America. However, America is not just a land mass, it’s a culture comprised of people; individuals like me, the people who raised you, your friends, your teammates, the coaches and teachers you had growing up who encouraged you and cheered you on, the policemen who protect you at football venues, your adult fans, countless little kids who buy your jerseys and eagerly turn on the TV to catch your games and members of the military who give of themselves daily so you’re free to make millions throwing a ball around. Are we all oppressors? Are none of us worthy of your esteem?
I have news for you Colin, America is our country and that’s our flag.
You are welcome to sit on your backside when our anthem is played. It’s disrespectful, as you know, and you’re obviously taking great pleasure in wallowing in it. You’re showing unbridled contempt for every good person of any and all backgrounds who has offered you kindness, help, support or love.
Americans are a mixed bag; We’re black, white, Asian, Hispanic and combinations of all kinds. The best of us have worked very hard to bridge divides, to be fair and inclusive. We follow the Golden Rule every single day and people like you make our work much more difficult. All the effort that’s been expended to strengthen our relationships, to strengthen our communities, to strengthen our country, everything we’ve successfully built is what you’re now willfully crushing under your feet. You’ve positioned yourself as a filthy divider, instead of using your platform to reach out and make America even better.
I have news for you. We all have our personal hurts. Instead of throwing a fit like a toddler, the mature among us carefully wrap those hurts up and lay them aside as best we can so that we don’t become poison pills and end up harming our cause. We steadfastly resist becoming bitter and divisive. We refuse to join in the rock throwing and destructiveness we claim to despise.
Perhaps you’ll grow up one day, begin to conduct yourself in a dignified manner and decide to join hands with fellow Americans who have labored for generations to make this country, not perfect, but certainly worthy of appreciation and celebration.
I wish that for you. I sincerely do…and should that time come, the rest of us will gracefully accept your apology.