This last week has been very disheartening to me. I listen to people blame Donald Trump and the NFL for their hate filled hearts, its disgusting. Seriously people we are all responsible for our own actions, not President Trump or the NFL.
For the last two years I have watched people that I thought were kind people become so filled with hate and feel that Facebook is the place to exhibit this hate. I discovered that black lives matter and only black lives, I was so surprised because I have always believed that ALL lives matter, imagine my surprise over that one. I also learned that police officers lives don’t matter either, I was always taught to respect police officers so this also surprised me. I taught my kids that everyone matters and that there are hate filled people that come in ALL colors and walks of life, I just didn’t think that they would have to experience this hate on Facebook or in their day to day lives. I guess Facebook is a safe place for people to post hate filled posts and to continue spreading this hate in other areas. It’s a shame that this is the platform that they wish to take, I can only hope it doesn’t come back to bite them in the butt.
Last year we had an NFL player decide to not stand for the National Anthem, ok it’s his right, and now we as a nation are taking this to a whole new level. His not standing didn’t bother me, what did bother me was that he didn’t follow through on his protest. If you are going to protest injustice then get out there and do something about it. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, go to the inner city and work with children showing them the right way, mentor young people, volunteer at a veterans home or hospital, do something don’t just sit it does nothing but show your arrogance. When this player decided to sit and not stand many people decided it was time to burn their jersey’s, did it solve the problem? No I’m pretty sure it did not because they just went out and bought more stuff. What also bothered me was when they would show the players during the National Anthem and a few were sitting on ice chests or riding exercise bikes, seriously!!! That to me is not acceptable and they should have been pulled from the game, but we all know that the owners aren’t going to pull players until it hits their pocket book, the almighty dollar rules the game.
So here we are a year later and the only change that has happened is people are filled with more hate then they were a year ago. Rather than take responsibility for our actions we have allowed our environment to dictate our actions. We no longer want to be the solution we want to be the problem. We would rather choose hate then to choose love and acceptance. We would rather create dissention then to create unity. It’s a sad time for America but we cannot blame the president because we are all responsible for our own actions. It’s up to each one of us to decide if we want to treat people with respect or not. I for one still believe that every single person is important and I want to continue treating people with respect, it doesn’t mean that I’m not going to speak my mind because after all this is America and I’m pretty opinionated but it does mean that I’m going to continue to treating others the way that I want to be treated.
Rather than focus on the sit/stand problem facing America this week I’m going to focus on those that have lost so much due to the hurricane’s that hit parts of the US, I’m going to focus on those that have lost loved ones this year and are learning how to go on without them, I’m going to focus on children that are going to bed at night on an empty stomach, I’m going to focus on our vets who can’t get decent medical treatments, I’m going to focus on how I can be a better person and how I can make a positive difference. What are you going to focus on?