Standing up for what you believe in

Standing up for what you believe in

SJ is part of a local writers group in Senoia that meets the third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Senoia Library. You can also follow more of her writing at creativejuices-sjcox.tumblr.com.

Growing up I was always taught that the American Flag was something to be respected. It was not only a sign of our country’s past struggles, but a representation of those who died so I could have such rights as the freedom to say and write what I choose as well as carry a gun if I like. The flag represented the honor and privileges I have as an American citizen and many across the world want to have. It has always been a sign of what a powerful nation we are, and there for should always be respected.
As our society advances and the children of the millennium grow up and start having children of their own, the values that we once hold dear have become more lax and less important to many. I don’t know if it due to the advances in technology or the lack of parenting skills seeing as how people are producing babies at a younger and younger age, but the values that were instilled in our society even twenty years ago are no longer the same. “Millennials” as they are called feel entitled to everything without having to work for it. This explains why they have no respect for things anymore, including our flag. Schools don’t even require children to say the Pledge of Allegiance in school anymore, which used to be an integral part of the morning routine in each classroom across America. Somewhere along the way the values of hard work and personal conviction have gotten lost. People today just don’t know how to be strong and steadfast and stand up for what they believe.
These past few weeks the media has been flooded with images and stories of football players “taking a knee” and crouching on the field instead of standing and linking arms while the national anthem played. This is to show support for their fellow players who are retaliating against President Trump and the current state of the nation. It was a bold move on their part and a perfect example of personal conviction and the media claims that it was a team decision. The owner of the Cowboys first spoke out against the players stating, “I do not think the place to express yourself in society is as we recognize the American flag. It’s not the place to do anything other than honor the flag and everybody that’s given up a little bit for it.” Now however he joins then in representing a united front for the team.
These football players are not only national heroes, but also public figures. To some they represent the ideals of this country as much as the game itself. I would say that as disrespectful as this gesture was not to honor the flag, it is each individual’s right as an American to do so or not and a very public display is how you get people’s attention. How can we change things if we don’t take very public action? I say that these players showed the world that they could stand up for what they believe in just by “taking a knee,” and we should all be more bold and show our personal convictions by standing strong for what we believe.