Last night 6 basketball players from the University of Arkansas chose to take a knee during the National Anthem. These 6 ladies chose to take a stance on what they believe and I for one am very glad they did. When asked Sophomore Briunna Freeman said, “We just feel like a lot of things in society needs to change and one thing is police brutality…” (Article here)
Briunna is right. I can’t say I know oppression- I’m a 23 year old white girl from Bible Belt USA. I’ve never been persecuted and to my knowledge have never been looked down on. But I do know people who have been oppressed. Even in the conversations surrounding this apparently devastating event (if you’re reading the facebook comments) hate and prejudice seep from every word. Even in my own friends and family the words that are being spoken are not coming from a place of love or even tollerance, but come from a place indifference. I use the word indifference because they are indifferenet to what our fellow Americans have gone through for the last 60 years and continue to go through today. Race is still an issue and until we (wake up White America) realize what our brothers and sisters are going through it will continue to be an issue. We have to realize that not everyone is treated equally even though we are all made equally. We can’t keep turning a blind eye to the issues of today. We have to step up. We have to care.
Race will continue to be an issue as long as we keep pretending it isn’t an issue. Police Brutality has to stop. I realize that things just happen, but there should always be consequences for someones actions be them good or bad.
These girls chose to kneel during the National Anthem at last nights basketball game, they still stayed on the court, they still looked to the flag. This was their way of saying there has to be a better way, and although I wasn’t at the game with them last night, I am kneeling with them today.
Jeff Long and Coach Dykes, Thank you for supporting your players and allowing them a safe place to voice their opinions and protest what has gone on way too long. Players, thank you for standing up for what you believe in and showing courage in the face of hostility and rudeness.
While oppression may not be as open and eye catching as it was in the 50’s and 60’s, it still exists And that is inexcusable.