This weekend we were bombarded with images of players kneeling for the national anthem. There are opinions on both sides. Some see it as a sign of disrespect, some see it as empowerment. I see it as kneeling.
Is there a RIGHT way to protest? No, there is no right or wrong way to create something that has never been seen. Don’t let someone validate or invalidate what you are doing to get what you wan’t in life because they can’t see the future. On the other hand, while this is true, you can’t get upset when there is backlash from those that have a vested interest in the status quo which is maintained by not seeing things your way.
One of the problems I have with protest in general (not just kneeling) is that it focuses on changing hearts and minds as opposed to doing what YOU have to do to actually impart change FOR your people BY your people. An example of this is the multi million dollar athletes with fleets of cars while there are communities in disrepair. These communities create the environments where a Freddy Grey has to sell drugs or a Eric Garner has to sell cigarettes. But you got them Jays though.
This morning I see a mix of both club turn up snaps and memes for social justice. It’s as if people are partying and oppressed at the same time. How does that work? It doesn’t. The reason why we are forced to protest is because our priorities are out of order. If we focused on taking our excess and pouring them into opportunities for our people instead of flights, shoes, dinners and other nonsense, we would have less crime and less violence in response to that crime.
The solution is us. Not rich owners making statements, not tweets from a President, not a Lebron Instagram post. The solution is us prioritizing our advancement. That is the only protest that matters.
It is futile to expect any other group to put your best interest ahead of theirs. I see this all the time when I see the “this racist person got a football contract but not kaepernick” or “that wouldn’t happen if he was black”. The key is that no other group is looking for another group to save them. That is why they promote their own, shop with their own, invest in their own and as a result, save their own.
We don’t need a protest that focuses on anyone else but us. The right way to protest is through accountability. Period. If we can change ourselves we won’t need anyone else to change for us. It wont be easy but it is the only kind of lasting change. Just my thoughts.