America or Mercia???
I am a mom of a college student, a high schooler and an elementary schooler. My oldest children played in the band in middle school and my oldest even played on the field during a halftime show for high school her 8th grade year. I am also a college student today a university about an hour away from me had marching band students kneel during the national anthem and the whole state maybe even country are debating is this a behavior we agree with or we disagree with? That about sums it up we have taken our freedoms to believe in what we believe in and turned into a do you like chocolate or vanilla Ice cream cone question. Isn’t one of the great things about living is the U.S.A the freedom to stand up or don’t stand up for what we believe in? For centuries some American’s have always found some way to protest something that they feel is wrong or injustice. Have you ever heard of the “Boston Tea Party”?
In the mid 1700”s Britain needed to make some fast cash to pay off a few debts they had incurred so the idea came to them to get the new settlers to “help” pay off their debts and put a TAX on Tea. Well Settlers didn’t take to kindly and well we all know what happens Boston + tea tax angry mob= Biggest tea spill done on purpose. Yes we are still after all these years fight for fair taxes etc. it’s not the point it was a protest…
1775 The American Revolution the fight that was in pursuit of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. When it all started freedom was not the plan but it turned into a fight for freedom. The declaration of independence was not just written up and everybody agreed the colonist where British loyalist who did not agree to separate from the British it took a lot of compromising and probably a whole lot of wasted parchment and quills to come to an agreement all could live with.
IN the 1830’s some people felt it was wrong to “OWN” other people or slaves. So the abolition of slavery began. This fight put brother against brother and our great nation was barely hanging together by a strand of thread. I know for a fact that my ancestors where for slavery but that doesn’t mean it was what I believe to be right. That was the beauty of the past 2 acts of protesting we had been giving the freedom to choose what we believed was right or wrong and they fought for that belief.
In 1848 continuing into present day the women’s right movement. Some people felt as if women where not entitled to the same rights and freedoms as men this included the right to vote. But women did not get that right until 1920… 72 years was fought. As of today things are still not completely equal but imagine if someone had not of made some sort of stand where we as women might be. IN the kitchen barefoot pregnant and probably the amount of woman on man spousal abuse would be super high… I jest
I could continue with the civil right movement. The temperance movement otherwise known prohibition. The labor movements or more recently the states’ rights movement which has 28 states are challenging the affordable care act…
But the one that should stick out to so many is the 1965 anti-war movement. While all wars Americans are involved in none have faced the opposition that our involvement with the Vietnam War fight to stop communism. An entire culture was born out of that. The “Hippie’s” protested in hundreds of ways from sit in’s to strikes even taking our beloved stars and stripes and wearing it as clothing or even burning the flag in protest. When cries of outrage came down the fact that this is what all the fighting has been for was thrust out like an answer to everything done wrong.
Honestly weather or not you agree with any of the ways people have protested or will protest something they fear is injustice or wrong in their eyes my father my grandfather fought for their right to do so. You as an American have the freedom to do so. Whatever the reasoning those students kneeled during the playing of the national anthem to be living in America gives them the right to make that choice. Would you have thought any less of them if they had showed their feelings of wrong is a different way? Maybe a riot? A School shooting? A mass Suicide? In today’s evil world taking a knee during our national anthem seems like a peaceful protest choice.