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.