I wanted to acknowledge the giant elephant in the room, which is that Americans are ever so slightly hypocritical about how they want the country to go about protesting things they believe in. Some may be upset with what I have to say but this needs to be heard.
First and foremost, our first amendment right states that we have the right to peacefully assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances. In 2016, Colin Kaepernick peacefully kneeled during the national anthem in response to the racial injustices, police brutality and systemic oppression that Black people have been facing for years in America. Kaepernick kneeled because it was his first amendment right to protest to do so, but some football fans were angry because he “disrespected the country” or yet, a polyester flag that you can get from anywhere for about $13.
Next, Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests then took it to the streets where 93% of those protests were peaceful marches around cities and towns. Yet, some Americans didn’t like that and tried to call the BLM protestors a “terrorist group.” Terrorism is the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives according to the FBI website.
The BLM protests were never forceful or violent unless authorities had intervened by using tear gas, rubber bullets or pepper spray. The protestors were using their first amendment right to protest against racism and did not intimidate anyone besides racists who think the world is fine the way it is now (which is not). Protesting for equality should not be a “political argument.” Equality, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation and more, is a basic human right.
Just recently on Sept. 10, the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans locked arms with each other before their football game during a moment of unity against the racism that’s happening in this country. Yet, they were booed for acknowledging a problem that’s happening throughout the nation.
At this point, what is considered an acceptable protest for Americans? Do people have to carry an AR-15 in front of a courthouse for it to be considered a protest? Do people have to yell at police officers' faces for it to be considered as a protest? Or is it just that protests against racism is just a problem for you because you honestly believe that everyone is already equal? I’m here to tell you that systematically, everyone is not.
Just because you have not experienced any form of racism or prejudice toward you does not mean it’s not happening in our country. Our country is not perfect and it’s hard to say if it ever was. There are so many problems, not just racially, that need to be fixed. We all want unity or want to be unified, but not everyone is taking the steps to understand the problems in our country that need to be solved in order to achieve this so-called “unity.”
Now, in order for that unity that everyone wants to happen, every American has to come to a mutual understanding that we have multiple problems in this country. In all honesty, we are all doing a crappy job with understanding the opposing side because people are too caught up with thinking their views are the right one. Americans need to stop trying to be so Democrat or so Republican and just meet in the middle to help fix this country.
I generally do care about the well being of this country but we all have to do better. We cannot continue the rest of our days living on earth arguing with each other about things that shouldn’t even be an argument. Racism is not a political argument, protesting against racism should not be a problem and unity will not be achieved until racism ends.