Don’t be upset when the NBA players kneel, don’t be upset when NBA players boycott games, and don’t be upset when the NBA players speak out against the injustices before us in our nation.
For they are only using one of the only real rights we have in America. This right would be freedom of speech and expression which is protected under the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.
So now, ask yourself this: Why do American people using their rights to their advantage offend you?
The beginning statement of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution reads, “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, to establish justice.”
This justice the preamble is speaking about is seldom found to benefit many of the people it allegedly refers to when saying “We the people.”
Who exactly are “We the people?” If you cannot find an answer, they are probably you. The majority group. The group who has benefitted off of the oppression and the systematical crucifixion of members of disenfranchised communities.
Having privilege is not something to be ashamed of nor is it something worth verbally attacking someone over. I do believe that the documents that built our nation were made by oppressors and for oppressors.
I also give credence to recognizing that the constitution was written in 1787, when only people who were white and male had more than a sliver of opportunity in our nation of opportunity.
The constitution is a document that molds the political, judicial and executive practices in our nation.
Ask yourself another question: How can a document written before the emancipation of people of color and the liberation of women in America actually apply to them?
Take a minute and visualize; you are walking to your car after a few people just got done asking you a couple of questions. They made you uncomfortable, so you begin walking faster to your car.
You are now fearing for your life as you attempt to safely leave the scene with your children. You have committed no crime; you are not under arrest.
While entering your car you are shot seven times. Why were you shot? Do you feel you deserved to be shot?
Now, apply it to what happened to Jacob Blake. Strip the uniforms from the police officers and then ask yourself: Am I OK with this?
In America the phrase “innocent until proven guilty” is something that is widely spoken about. This is also a right that is protected by the Fifth and 14th Amendments.
Part of the 14th Amendment roughly reads, “No state shall deprive any person of life without due process of law.”
So, would you agree that the murder of unarmed men, women and people are unconstitutional?
The police are employees of the state. They represent the laws of that state in which they have jurisdiction.
So my question for you is: When did police grow to be above the document in which our nations values were built upon?
If you are not mad about this, you should be.
The fight for social justice in our nation is a much larger fight than you think. The flag is a symbol of unity in our country, yet some fail to recognize that not everyone who died building our nation looked like them.
The blood has been shed and it has only stained our nation.