Another Monday and once again some more messiness.
This time multiple people are being messy.
Everyone who is against the NFL players who are kneeling during the National Anthem.
Now this backlash against Colin Kaepernick who started this protest has been going on for weeks now, but I chose to talk about it today because I read a statement by model Kate Upton.
Kate Upton was appalled that football players were kneeling during the National Anthem on 9/11. She goes on to release a statement as to why she thinks its wrong to kneel during the National Anthem.
Please read this (I cut out some things but here is the gist):
In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful. After the song is over, I would encourage everyone to please use the podium they have, stand up for their beliefs, and make America a better place. It is a shame how quickly we have forgotten this as a society. Today we are more divided then ever before. I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary. The lessons of 911 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place #neverforget.
In the nicest way I could ever say this,
Kate Upton needs to shut up.
She missed the point.
Kaepernick and the other football players are protesting because the treatment of people of color in this country is atrocious. It has been that way since our ancestors were brought over in ships to become slaves. This country has never been for black people. In fact when the National Anthem was first created in the form of a poem, black people were still considered 3/5ths of a person.
Fast forward to today where despite the fact that there is a black president, black people are still being killed in disproportionate numbers by the police. The very people who are supposed to protect us, instead kill us. Everyone should be protesting, everyone should be upset that there is still inequality. This little statement Upton posted is offensive because she distances herself from the atrocities in this country and allows her privilege to paint a rosy America.
The fact that she believes she has the right to tell people of color how they should protest and when they should stay quiet is mind-boggling. She will never understand what it is like to see people who look like you being killed at growing rate. She will never know what it is like to be racially discriminated against. So for her to tell black people to be grateful and wait until the song is over to protest? That is disrespectful and insensitive. The oppressors cannot tell the oppressed how to free themselves.
I can go on and on about this topic but I am going to keep it short because I have work tomorrow.
Kate Upton and every other person trying to tell black people how to fight racism….