With all the talk about kneeling during the national anthem, I couldn’t help but think, at what point did kneeling become a bad thing? When I think of kneeling I think of a form of submission and vulnerability. As I drove into work this morning, I tried to think of a time when I saw someone kneel and I thought it was disrespectful.
Here’s what flowed through my head:
When I played football. Yes, I was a member of the first woman’s full contact football team in Seattle, the Seattle Warbirds. I remember when one of our teammates got hurt, and as we watched the paramedics take care her off the field our team and our opponents all took a knee. Soooo disrespectful…
I remember when my friend who I met playing football. Invited me to come to church with her on Ash Wednesday. I had never been to a catholic church before. Once we selected a pew to sit in, I remember almost tripping over her because she kneeled at the end of the pew as she used her hand to signal the cross over her body. That was disrespectful…and in the church.
I remember the countless times on any of the sports teams that I was on, when the coach asked us to “Take a Knee” or “Huddle up”. Coach I’m sorry you made me do it. Disrespectful.
I remember a time when Tim Tebow was one of the most notable football figures because he kneeled during football games. He said it was to honor God, but who would do that by kneeling? Disrespectful…WWJD
I think of all of the civil rights photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all of our civil rights leaders kneeling on the steps of courthouses. Kneeling during protest marches. Kneeling in hopes that they wouldn’t get beaten, hosed down, or disrespected in some kind of way. Oh, they were definitely…Disrespectful.
I could see the image of Queen Elizabeth knighting individuals in England and all of them kneeling for the honor. Nobody kneels before the Queen…Disrespectful.
I think of how many times I’ve seen a man proposing to a women and everyone waits in anticipation of him dropping down to one knee. That’s kneeling…So technically your fiance’ was an asshole. Disrespectful.
I remember the times in which I’ve seen people give themselves up to the police and in doing so they drop to their knees and lift there hands in the air. Well this is flawed because we’ve seen them get shot any way. It’s definitely…Disrespectful.
I think back to when I spent the night with my grandmother and she made me get out of bed to kneel beside her to pray. Who does that…Disrespectful.
I’ve wanted to kneel several times for my elders out of respect. Disrespectful.
At what point did kneeling becoming offensive?
What? Wait? What did you say?
Kneeling became offensive when a Black man kneeled to bring attention to the injustices of Black people in America.
Oh I get it now; it’s offensive because you made up this entire thing that kneeling is no longer a sign of submission, vulnerability, love, respect, concern, prayer, etc. But it’s offensive because you know longer believe in kneeling for any of those things and it’s disrespectful because you believe the United States is flawless. And by know means, god forbid a man and definitely not a Black man has the constitutional right to call out the continued injustices towards Black people. Because Lord knows you’re not racist and you do have one Black friend and instead of this movement being about a specific social issue, you had to make it about you.
Wow, you make me really proud to say, I’m happy that I’m not watching football this season (#nflboycott). Because god-forbid that we have any commonalities, when you can’t wrap your little brain around what kneeling truly signifies.
Is it really about the flag, the veterans or whatever else you want to make it about? Or is it that a BLACK man refused to stay in his place? You know that corner that you love to put BLACK people in and you dare them to speak, especially when they are telling the TRUTH.