When I decided to do a post over the controversy going on around the issue of “taking a knee”, I knew I wanted to not only educate others who view this act as disrespectful to the flag, but also take a leap of courage for myself and state my opinion too. So, why take a knee? As many of you might or might not know, in our country there has been more and more reports of police brutality, systematic oppression against people of color, and intensive issues with our criminal justice system finding the killings of unarmed black men not a crime. NFL Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, at first chose to bring attention to these horrible acts of our country by sitting during the National Anthem. However, after he and his teammate, Eric Reid, thought more about how to use their platform to promote a peaceful and positive protest for justice, they decided kneeling would be a much better gesture to symbolize reverence for those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country, as well as still voicing their concerns of the injustices happening. In fact, this idea to kneel came from Nate Boyer, a retired Green Beret, and former NFL player himself who mentioned that when a fallen member in the military passes, a fellow service member presents the family a folded flag while kneeling. The goal here was never to speak out in hatred. Unfortunately, some people view it in a bad light, but according to the 1st amendment, we are all granted a right to free speech in a respectful manner, correct? Should it matter whether that free speech makes others uncomfortable? & by uncomfortable I mean: addressing clear facts going on in our country that for sooo long have been going ignored? Does that make kneeling so horrible? Well, a lot of NFL players as well as coaches too, feel the exact opposite and have joined their teams in kneeling to finally start the conversation of these major injustices going on in our country. I think it’s powerful. Not saying a word, but getting a clear message across. For me, I have a pretty strong platform and I try to be a positive influence. I am glad I voiced how I feel about this courageous act of Colin Kaepernick. He inspired me to write this post, as well as to pray for justice while the National Anthem is playing. God stated in James 2:17 that “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Speak up for what you believe in…you might be alone at first, but someone somewhere is counting on you to have that hope!