In response to the letter by Kenneth Johnson (“Thank goodness the military doesn’t ‘take a knee,’” The Daily News, Nov. 16): Johnson clearly is among the many who simply do not understand that the “taking a knee” issue has absolutely nothing to do with the military, whatsoever.

This issue is about being treated as less than someone else, and in many cases, less than human, in your own country simply because of your color.

And I am almost amused by your list of what “people of good conscience would not do.” Almost amused ... if it were not so sickening.

Would people of good conscience drag a chained man behind a truck, hang another human being from a tree, force her to eat in a separate area, drink from a different fountain, receive a lesser education or sit at the back of the bus? Would people of good conscience kill a man without a weapon simply because of his color?

Yes they would, yes they have — and yes they do, and the grave misunderstanding of the issue makes it appear that many anti-knee takers support this. And by the way, all of these things are against the law.

I can only ask that you and those who agree with you do a quick Google search of the anthem and the pledge that you so ardently support. “O’er the land of the free” and “with liberty and justice for all” are clearly not supported by those “conscionable” people so active in my fourth paragraph.

I am immensely grateful to those men and women who leave their families and the safety of their homes and join the military to fight on behalf of my country and the freedoms it provides. However, the selective doling of that freedom is not supposed to be an option. It is such a shame that many have chosen to make it so.

I have no idea how petrifying it must be for some parents to send their children out into the world every day knowing they may not come home because some conscionable person decides they will not. What I do know is that it is wrong to judge a person by the color of their skin and to treat them differently because of it. What a horrific way to have to live.

That is what those who take a knee are asking us to recognize.

I would be interested in knowing what part of my fourth paragraph all those against taking a knee would be OK with having done to their families.

It appears that many people are still due for that mile long walk in another’s shoes.

Jeannie Janota lives in Bayou Vista.

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Bill Cochrane

Ms. Janota, please pay attention, as there is going to be a pop-quiz at the end.
No one is against peaceful protests. Again. No one is against peaceful protests.
A lot of people think the protest during the Anthem is the wrong place and time to protest. Key words – During the Anthem. Get it? During the Anthem. You are correct. Taking a knee has nothing to do with the military, or the National Anthem for that matter. Kaperik took a knee to get attention for Kapernik. Here was a star quarterback that lost his mojo, sitting on the bench watching and waiting to play. He simply wanted to get the attention back on himself. Well, mission accomplished. But now it has turned into a whole new issue. The issue is – why protest during the Anthem? Why do anything except stand? It is amazing that many people dismiss the fact that protesting during the Anthem is disrespectful and turn it around to a race thing.
Pop-quiz: 1. Who is against peaceful protests? 2. Who thinks taking a knee during the Anthem was a bad idea? 3. Why are people upset because Kapernik protested during the Anthem? Answers: 1. Nobody 2. Millions of people, Budweiser, Papa John’s and many NFL owners. 3. Because he did it, - During the National Anthem.

Emile Pope

4. Where in the Constitution does it say that certain people should be obligated to submit to the opinion of others? 5. Where in the first amendment does it say that exercise of free speech is only allowed if the majority approves of what is said? Check the Constitution and get back to us...

Doyle Beard

constitution does not cover this at the workplace. Whem you find out get back and admit you are wrong.

Mark Aaron

Bill: [ Kaperik took a knee to get attention for Kapernik.]

His record of public activism puts a lie to your claim.

Do you believe Black Lives Matter is a reasonable protest Bill?

Bill Cochrane

I do not think Black Lives Matter is a reasonable protest.
I DO believe ALL LIVES MATTER is a reasonable protest.

Mark Aaron

Bill: [ I do not think Black Lives Matter is a reasonable protest. I DO believe ALL LIVES MATTER is a reasonable protest. ]

Do you believe Black people are treated differently from White people by the police?

Emile Pope

When in this country did all lives matter Bill? Tell me of this time...

Carlos Ponce

Emile asks, "When in this country did all lives matter Bill? Tell me of this time."
1861. When hundreds of thousands of of WHITE AMERICANS DIED in the Civil War, giving freedom to slaves.

Emile Pope

Garbage. The Civil War was fought to keep the Union together. It wasn't fought because the lives of the slaves mattered. Second, who were these "white Americans" fighting against? And if all lives mattered then, what about the Black Codes? What about Jim Crow? What about State's Rights? Out of the 240+ years this country has existed you found only one year that Black lives supposedly mattered and you were wrong even then...

Carlos Ponce

Correct, Tamala. The National Anthem was not written for African-Americans. It was written for ALL Americans. If you're hung up on verse three I ask you, when was the last time you heard it sung? It isn't.
If your military friends believe racism exists in the armed forces they can address that concern to upper echelons and remedy the situation. If not they can address their representative or senator.

Emile Pope

If it was written for all Americans, then why is there a verse three?

Carlos Ponce

"In fairness, it has also been argued that Key may have intended the phrase as a reference to the British Navy’s practice of impressment (kidnapping sailors and forcing them to fight in defense of the crown), or as a semi-metaphorical slap at the British invading force as a whole (which included a large number of mercenaries), though the latter line of thinking suggests an even stronger alternative theory — namely, that the word “hirelings” refers literally to mercenaries, and “slaves” refers literally to slaves. It doesn’t appear that Francis Scott Key ever specified what he did mean by the phrase, nor does its context point to a single, definitive interpretation."
https://www.snopes.com/2016/08/29/star-spangled-banner-and-slavery/

Tamala Robinson

He picked the correct time to take a knee in his own time. The National Anthem in its entirety was NOT written for African Americans. Read the original lyrics. There is no justice or equality for all. I have many friends who are and have been in the military and have made a career out of serving for over 20 years. I asked several of them if they would want their children to serve, they said no because the military is just as racist as being in the free world and it is not equal or just.....There are too many double standards in America and not just against African Americans. Against the poor, against veterans who have served and are not getting a fair chance at benefits or housing when they come back wounded and so much more. Justice and equality for all does not exist in the world we live nor in the great USA. Somebody has to take a stand and somebody did. He just happened to play professional football. I pray his bravery pays off one day an that day might take many many years. It is NOT about where or how you do it, it is about he took a knee for the unjust and inequality of people. Does there have to be a time frame? If he was so worried about himself, there is no way he would have taken the chance to lose millions of dollars and end his career. He knew he was taking a chance with his career and he did it anyway. Now how many of us would have done that? To him, he did it before the world to show I am willing to lose $$$ to gain eyes and ears of politicians, police, the rich and so many more that are in power so that so many more with good hearts and good sense could kneel with him as brothers and sisters with a great cause called Justice and equality for all one day. Let's not just say it and sing, but show it in our everyday actions. Everyone has the right as people to be treated equal and fair without partiality based on race, gender, socio-economic standards, etc. EQUAL AND JUSTICE FOR ALL PEOPLE 100% AND I WILL TAKE A KNEE TO THAT ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.

Carlos Ponce

Jeannie Janota apparently has no idea what that flag and the anthem stand for. They stand for our forefathers who fought for this country. They stand for the men and women who died to preserve and extend freedoms to all born or naturalized in this country. They stand for those in this country who uphold the Constitution and rule of law. And who takes a knee? Millionaires playing a game. Society is oppressing millionaires living in luxury, driving expensive cars often draped in bling bling off the playing field? I don't think so. But you would say "They're kneeling for the oppressed." If so take your millions and help them out. A few do. But most of them don't take a knee but stand.
STUPIDEST ARGUMENT GIVEN: Some say "The anthem is racist, look at the third verse." When was the last time you heard the third verse sung?????? It isn't. Whether the THIRD VERSE is racist or not is inconsequential. A red herring.
Jeannie brings up atrocities that happened in the past. But as she admits "all of these things are against the law". So what's the point?
As far as "receive a lesser education" that's why many propose school choice but look at who's opposed to that - Liberals.
Jeannie asks: "Would people of good conscience kill a man without a weapon simply because of his color?" No one would. If they did they'd be in jail. But if Jeannie is referencing people killed by police I suggest she walk a mile in the officer's shoes before passing judgement. And those officers have been judged by the judicial system, either no billed or found not guilty. If someone points a gun at you, you think your life is endanger so you act as trained. "But the gun was a toy held by a 12 year old". Looks like a gun, had none of the tip markings required BY LAW to indicate it was a toy and the lad did not drop it when ordered by police. "But the Gentle Giant had no weapon.He was doing nothing." African-American EYEWITNESSES testified to a grand jury the so called "Gentle Giant" was trying to wrestle the gun away from the officer and was attacking him. "Hands up don't shoot" was a LIE.

Emile Pope

Your statement about Tamir Rice refusing to put down the toy gun after being told is totally false. The cop shot him without warning and less than a second upon arriving on the scene. The patrol car hadn't even stopped. Not a single person at the scene said that the cop ordered Tamir to drop his weapon. Were the cops in fear for their lives when they strangled Eric Garner? People who chose to ignore the problem simply because it doesn't affect them are part of the problem

Carlos Ponce

The Grand Jury heard ALL the pertinent information, Emile. They decided not to indict.
How about reading the Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney' report, Emile instead of media?.
http://prosecutor.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_prosecutor/en-US/Rice%20Case%20Report%20FINAL%20FINAL%2012-28a.pdf
"We have recommended against bringing any criminal charges to the Grand Jury because we do not believe that any reasonable judge or jury would find criminal conduct in Officer Loehmann’s reaction to a suspect pulling what he thought was a gun. Nor has any viable theory of criminal conduct been offered to explain why Officer Garmback would be criminally liable for Officer Loehmann’s use of deadly force. "
Look at the pictures of Tamir's pellet gun and a real gun after which it is patterned SIDE BY SIDE.
"Even assuming Tamir could not have heard Loehmann’s warnings given from inside the car, Loehmann felt he had no choice in the instant he used deadly force." pg 66 numbered page or p 70 of 74 on pdf
So the prosecutor believed the officer had issued a warning prior to the shooting and your statement of l"ess than a second" is not factual according to the investigation.

Emile Pope

Garbage. You fail to mention that the prosecutor was told by a judge that there was enough evidence for an indictment without going before a grand jury yet insisted on doing so. That the DA was asked to recuse himself because his father was a cop that was killed by a Black person. That he conducted a yearlong investigation that only considered evidence supporting the officer. That evidence against the officers was dismissed or attacked by the DA. That before the case went to the grand jury the DA only leaked evidence from people that supported the officers. That the DA allowed the officers to read a prepared statement before the grand jury but refused to allow any of the grand jurors to ask any questions of the officers. That the grand jurors later stated that the DA and his staff spent the entire time acting as defense attorneys during the proceedings. And after doing all of this, the DA personally told the grand jurors that there was no cause to indict the officers in the case. And you also failed to mention that the outrage over how the DA handled the case was so great that the was voted out of office the next election. So using the DA's statements as some kind of verification of innocence falls flat.

Cary Semar

I read the prosecutor's report you cited. Very illuminating. Do you happen to know if there is a similar document online about the walmart case? You know, the one with guy waving a BB gun who was shot by police? It is good to have the official skinny.

Emile Pope

The guy at Walmart was not waving the bb gun. The video of the incident showed that. The caller admitted that he lied when he said it because he wanted the cops to arrive sooner...

Carlos Ponce

Garbage, Emile? Yet you provide no links to what you post. I did, to official documents. And yours to ..............NOTHING.

Carlos Ponce

On the shooting of John Crawford:
"CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities announced on Tuesday they have ended their investigation of the fatal police shooting of a black man in a Walmart store, concluding there wasn't enough evidence to charge the white officer who killed him.
The officer shot John Crawford III on Aug. 5, 2014, after police responded to an emergency call about someone waving a rifle in a store in Beavercreek, a Dayton suburb. Police said Crawford, who was 22, didn't obey commands to drop what they learned later was an air rifle he was carrying from a store shelf.
A special grand jury declined to indict anyone, and the Department of Justice then said it would probe possible civil rights violations.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman and the Department of Justice said Tuesday they found insufficient evidence to pursue charges against Beavercreek police Officer Sean Williams, who fired the fatal shot. They said investigators analyzed store surveillance video using resources at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, interviewed witnesses and used an independent crime scene reconstruction expert in their review."
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/ohio/articles/2017-07-11/federal-authorities-end-probe-of-wal-mart-police-shooting
Final outcome: No billed by Grand Jury, no charges filed by the Justice Department based on evidence (video surveillance and eyewitnesses).

Carlos Ponce

Justice Department press release on the killing of John H. Crawford III:
https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdoh/pr/federal-officials-close-review-fatal-shooting-john-crawford-iii
"This investigation revealed that the evidence is insufficient to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Officer Williams violated federal civil rights laws. Accordingly, the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio will not pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against Officer Williams."

Emile Pope

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Tamir_Rice

Emile Pope

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_John_Crawford_III

Emile Pope

"Contradicting statements made by police that Loehmann shouted "show your hands" three times before firing, the report included accounts from several witnesses who did not hear officers issue any verbal warning to Rice" "Three expert witnesses who testified before the grand jury criticized the prosecutors' behavior during the grand jury. Roger Clark, a retired LASD officer with expertise in police shootings, said that prosecutors at the hearing treated him with hostility and "disdain" for concluding that Loehmann and Garmback had acted recklessly; he also described the prosecutors' as using theatrics, like none he'd ever seen in previous grand jury proceedings, which he believed were intended to lead the grand jurors to the conclusion that the prosecutors wanted them to reach. Jeffrey Noble, another retired police officer and expert in use-of-force cases (who had himself used deadly force on the job), said he was attacked by prosecutors for saying that the officers never should have escalated the situation by rushing Rice, adding, "I’ve definitely never seen two prosecutors play defense attorney so well." And Jesse Wobrock, a biomechanics expert hired by the Rice family's lawyers, also described the prosecutors as "acting in a way like they were defense attorneys for the cops," and as having attacked him professionally for his testimony regarding the timing and significance of body movements by Loehmann and Rice, as seen on video footage of the shooting. (A spokesman for McGinty's office said the three experts were only presenting "one side" of the story, but he could not elaborate because prosecutors are bound by grand jury secrecy laws". "In response to a petition from citizens, on June 11 Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine agreed that "Officer Timothy Loehmann should be charged with several crimes, the most serious of them being murder but also including involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty." Judge Adrine also found probable cause to charge Officer Frank Garmback with negligent homicide and dereliction of duty. Because Ohio judges lack the legal authority to issue arrest warrants in such cases, his opinion was forwarded to city prosecutors and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty who, as of that date, had not yet come to a decision on whether to present the evidence to a grand jury." "On the video the zone car containing Patrol Officers Loehmann and Garmback is still in the process of stopping when Rice is shot"
Wiki

Emile Pope

"So the prosecutor believed the officer had issued a warning prior to the shooting and your statement of l"ess than a second" is not factual according to the investigation." More garbage. All of the witnesses present at the shooting stated that the cops drove directly up to Tamir and shot without warning. The videotape of the shooting showed that Tamir was shot less than a second after the cops arrived. Yet the cops stated that they clearly told Tamir three times to put the weapon down. Three times in less than a second???? Although the tape and the witnesses directly contradicted the cops account the prosecutor decided to accept the cops version without question. His blatant bias is what cause him to be thrown out office the next election...

Carlos Ponce

Did you BOTHER to read the Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney's report, Emile. Doubt it. You would see why the officer was no billed. Again you base your rant on just biased media reports and I provide a government document. They know more than the media will allow you to know. Emile, as a teacher I can only try to fix ignorance.

Carlos Ponce

As to Eric Garner: The arrest was supervised by a female African-American NYPD sergeant, Kizzy Adoni. Sgt. Adoni found no problems with the arrest reporting, "The perpetrator's condition did not seem serious and he did not appear to get worse."
So Emile is questioning a female African American police sergeant. Typical.
Grand Jury result after seeing ALL the testimony - NO INDICTMENT.
The Grand Jury knows more abut the case than is reported by the biased media.

Emile Pope

He strangled a private citizen. He strangled a private citizen. He strangled a private citizen...

Carlos Ponce

No Billed by a Grand Jury. No Billed by a Grand Jury. No Billed by a Grand Jury. No Billed by a Grand Jury. No Billed by a Grand Jury. No Billed by a Grand Jury.
The Grand Jury saw ALL the evidence, Emile saw a media report. The GRAND JURY has more credibility.

Emile Pope

Apparently he was also innocent because a jury acquited him...

https://www.thedailybeast.com/jonathan-daniels-the-forgotten-civil-rights-preacher-killed-by-a-cop-in-alabama

Carlos Ponce

Jonathan Myrick Daniels was a white Episcopal Seminarian. Doesn't quite fit your narrative. He was assassinated by a shotgun-wielding Tom Coleman, an engineer for the highway department. Coleman, an unpaid special deputy sheriff, was not serving in any official legal capacity at the time of the killing. "Killed by cop" is a stretch. Wikipedia lists him as a "construction worker".
http://www.nytimes.com/1997/06/22/us/thomas-coleman-86-dies-killed-rights-worker-in-65.html

Emile Pope

"Coleman, an unpaid special deputy sheriff, was not serving in any official legal capacity at the time of the killing". Garbage. Just as your statement that people acquitted by juries are always innocent of what they are accused of.

Carlos Ponce

Emile, why are you calling the truth "garbage"? Looks like any truth that doesn't fit your false narrative you term "garbage". You are a sad human being. Doubtful you even know what a "special sheriff's deputy" is.

Sharon Stratman

A grand jury hears only the prosecutor's side. If a prosecutor doesn't want a police officer indicted, the grand jury is going to hear evidence and arguments weighted in that direction. That's how a judge can say there is sufficient evidence and a grand jury say there isn't. The judge sees everything and the grand jury sees what the prosecutor wants them to.

Carlos Ponce

If the judge feels the prosecutor acted improperly, another can be assigned and a new grand jury convened.

Emile Pope

The citizens removed him because he was a biased jerk who used his position to cover a murder.

Carlos Ponce

But the judge had no problem with his investigation and report. What you're posting is pure politics.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [Jeannie Janota apparently has no idea what that flag and the anthem stand for. They stand for our forefathers who fought for this country. They stand for the men and women who died to preserve and extend freedoms to all born or naturalized in this country. They stand for those in this country who uphold the Constitution and rule of law. ]

Are those the only people the flag and anthem stand for Carlos? Do they have to share your interpretation of the Constitution and rule of law?

Carlos Ponce

The Constitution has nothing to do with it Little Marky. The Constitution only applies to the GOVERNMENT, not private business.
The flag and anthem stands for YOU who wore the uniform and fought for this country. Standing for the anthem is called RESPECT. I stand for the Black National Anthem -"Lift every Voice and Sing". Do you? I stand for the opposing football team's alma mater? Would you?

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [The Constitution has nothing to do with it Little Marky. The Constitution only applies to the GOVERNMENT, not private business.]

I'm asking if you believe the anthem applies to all people, including those who don't share your extreme right-wing interpretations of law and the Constitution?

==> [ I stand for the Black National Anthem -"Lift every Voice and Sing". Do you? ]

"Separate but Equal" is no longer the law of the land Carlos. There is no such thing as a race specific national anthem. If you stand for any other anthem than the Star Spangled Banner you are likely at a White Supremacist meeting.

Carlos Ponce

Little Marky posts:"There is no such thing as a race specific national anthem."
Well there is a Black National Anthem. Even your "Mother Jones" says there is:
"Black Americans Have Our Own National Anthem. Stand Up and Sing It With Us."
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/11/black-national-anthem-lift-every-voice-and-sing-it-with-us/

Carlos Ponce

Little Marky Posts: "If you stand for any other anthem than the Star Spangled Banner you are likely at a White Supremacist meeting."
No, Little Marky, I was at at Black History program at Hitchcock High School. It was also sung at the local Catholic Church. Interesting that you would know what goes on in at a White Supremacist meeting.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [Well there is a Black National Anthem. Even your "Mother Jones" says there is:]

That was the official song for the NAACP. Not really an anthem.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [Jeannie Janota apparently has no idea what that flag and the anthem stand for. They stand for our forefathers who fought for this country. They stand for the men and women who died to preserve and extend freedoms to all born or naturalized in this country. They stand for those in this country who uphold the Constitution and rule of law.]

Are those the only people it stands for Carlos?

Carlos Ponce

I've already responded to that, Little Marky. It stands for YOU.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [I've already responded to that, Little Marky. It stands for YOU.]

It stands for everyone Carlos. Including people who are being targeted and abused by rogue law enforcement workers. The citizens have an inherent right to use the anthem in a protest if it is warranted. In the case of BLM it is clearly warranted. Why would you deny the BLM has a legitimate grievance Carlos?

Walter Manuel

“Would people of good conscience drag a chained man behind a truck, hang another human being from a tree, force her to eat in a separate area, drink from a different fountain, receive a lesser education or sit at the back of the bus? Would people of good conscience kill a man without a weapon simply because of his color?”
The same old liberal way of keeping racial division alive and well in order to fire up the dying embers of a liberal support base.
If seeing statutes of the Confederate soldiers is so upsetting to so many people and we are now removing them because it supports racial division and sufferage, then the same should goes for stories like that of Rosa Parks forced to sit on the back of the bus, separate eating areas and drinking water fountains, Harriett Tubmans’s Underground Railroad, the lynchings in Alabama and else where are not something that we all want to be reminded of because of what it stood for and therefore should be removed from our history
Where’s your same outrage Mrs. Janota over Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, shooting and killing Pennsylvania officer Brian Shaw on Friday??

You can't have it both ways if we're ALL truly going to stand up for what's right for everyone and not just a select few. [yawn]

Emile Pope

Statues are not history. They are monuments. To suggest that recorded history in books, film, recordings, and other publications should be deleted for any reason is abhorrent and not worthy of comment. Do you plan to ask that records of the Holocaust be deleted because some people might object to it?

Carlos Ponce

Some were deleted, Emile. Just look at all the Holocaust deniers.

Mike Trube

Ms Janota needs to read the true events which caused F.S. Key to write the verses that became the national anthem. She needs to learn WHY the flag still waved. It was because of all the dead bodies of the soldiers holding up the flag pole. To keep our nation from falling to the British. I heard one football player stated he would not stand for the flag of a country that supports injustices. So, yes, the kneeling DOES have to do with the flag, anthem and country. If one finds anything so disgusting about the country that oppresses them, then perhaps they need to find one that bows down to their every whim. Find a nation that is perfect. I doubt they will. If these protesters are kneeling against injustice, then jet them kneel in front of police stations in their own time. Stop kneeling for justice for known criminals. But wait! How many if these players have records of their own? How many beat their wives and girlfriends? How many are addicted to illegal drugs? I bet Martin Luther King, Jr. Would be rolling in his grave if he could see the outlandish behavior of these so called 'oppressed' millionaires. Apparently these players have no idea what 'overcome' means. The only thing they need to overcome now is their arrogance and stupidity. I'm encouraging everyone to boycott the NFL and their sponsors, and especially on the (un)super bowl night. Show that our nation comes before any football game and the disrespectful players. This insanity has to stop.

Connie

Charles Hughes

You should be the last person to evoke name of MLK. lol

Emile Pope

How 'bout those Saints? How 'bout them Texans?

Randy Chapman

For lack of a better termed response; hogwash. No elaboration needed.

Doyle Beard

If one is so immensely grateful for the freedom given us by the military then what's so wrong with a couple of minutes respect? Either you respect them or you don't, actions speaks volume on this matter. I truly doubt your respect.

Gary Miller

When I select an NFL game on TV I want to be entertained not insulted by a group of ungrateful over paid, under educated complainers. Under educated? They believe "hands up, don't shoot" really happened.

Emile Pope

Overpaid? Because their labor is considered more valuable than yours doesn't make them overpaid. And I'm sure that the owners of the teams didn't get rich by paying more for things than they are worth. And oh by the way, are the owners overpaid? If the owners get what the market will bear, then why shouldn't the players? Or is it something different about them...

Steve Fouga

This is perhaps the most thoughtful and best-written letters I've seen in these pages. I agree with it wholeheartedly.

Diane Turski

She is correct. "Taking a knee" has nothing to do with disrespecting the military or the anthem. It is a method of peaceful protest to draw attention to inequality and should be protected and defended as such in a health democracy. Pay no attention to the individuals who attempt to deflect from this reality and divide the nation by making up their own definitions.

Paula Flinn

Diane, I agree with you. It is the way minorities are treated when they are not wearing a football, basketball, baseball, etc. uniform. It is a peaceful protest against white supremacy and racism.

Carlos Ponce

Paula, at Black History programs at school I'm sure you stand for The Black National Anthem. Do you address the student who refuses to stand? Do you tell them they should stand out of respect? At football games I'm sure you stand for the opposing team's alma mater (school song) out of respect. Do you urge others around you in the stands to also stand out of respect?
Or do you remain seated during each?

Carol Dean

LOL! The usual liberals are still stirring the pot. With respect to most people...this is an issue that will never be resolved.

Walter Manuel

Hey Emile, since you obviously like to have your cake and eat it too, what about Jack Johnson and him being a womanizer, wife beater and selling his New York night club to the mafia which was later sold and renamed the "Cotton Club"???

Are you still ok with a statue honoring such a man???

Perhaps you need to rethink what your brain tells your mouth to say...[yawn]

Emile Pope

Did he commit treason, lead a rebellion against his country, and kill hundreds of thousands of American citizens??? Did he fight to preserve an abomination???

Kim Baldwin

Every US citizen should appreciate the liberties this nation affords them and because of those liberties, love this nation enough to stand in respect of the flag and the National Anthem.

Emile Pope

People shouldn't object to protests against injustice and murder. But there is no law against that either...

Walter Manuel

Emile, you might want to read more about your hero Jack Johnson and how he was viewed by most people including the African American community with his way of living and get back to us.

If you think Jack Johnson's actions are still honorable, then obviously you still like eating that cake.

Emile Pope

The confederates were traitors. Unless you have evidence that Johnson fought against this country then your argrument is useless. Maybe you should look into putting up a statue of Benedict Arnold...

Carlos Ponce

There is a monument to Benedict Arnold at Saratoga National Historical Park, New York.

Jarvis Buckley

we are a sad population to disrespect our flag.

Sharon Stratman

Amish don't stand for the flag and neither they nor Jehovah's Witnesses sing the national anthem. There are more of them than African American pro football players. Yet the trolls don't mention them.

Carlos Ponce

Amish don't play in the NFL.
There was only one NFL player who was a Jehovah's witness. Dave Pear of the Baltimore Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders. He retired in 1980 but there is no record of him taking a knee in protest. With his bad knees he wouldn't.

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