Honestly, there’s really no need to mince words here, son. I truly, truly hate when people tell Black people when it’s appropriate to protest. For this particular post, I’ m not even talking about the individuals who think we don’t have a right to protest at all. Nah, this time around, I’m speaking to the condescending fools who believe they have the moral authority to tell us when/what we have the right to feel. In my eyes, these folks can take their opinions and shove it.
First, I’d like to thank Kate Upton for inspiring this post. While she isn’t the first idiot to express this sentiment, she’s the one I’m going to use to destroy this faulty logic. After Colin Kaepernick took his stand, excuse me his sit, excuse me his kneel, against police brutality and racial injustice, more athletes have started to follow suit. However; according to Upton, while we have the “right” to protest, for the “120 seconds” during the national anthem, we should basically shut up and respect the flag/military. Now, pardon me, but since when does a model, or anyone for that matter, decide when minorities should be upset about our treatment in this country? Even though I’ve already spoken about this in a previous post, I think we need to delve deeper into why bringing up the military is ridiculous when talking about our protest methods.
Now, before I continue, let me start my thesis with the national anthem itself. The Star-Spangled Banner was written by a man named Francis Scott Key. Now, if anyone does their Google’s, they’ll notice that Key was not only a slave owner, but an active anti-abolitionist. So, for the dummies out there, the man who wrote the song their telling us to respect actually enslaved our ancestors. HE ENSLAVED OUR ANCESTORS, MAN! Why on Earth should we respect a song that was written by someone who literally fought against our freedom? That’s bar none the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life, man. Basically, when he penned the words “land of the free and the home of the brave,” he DEFINITELY wasn’t talking about us, son. I think it’s truly amazing how everyone is told to “never forget” certain historical atrocities, but others that don’t fit a particular agenda or narrative are completely glossed over. Miss me with all of that bullshit, son. THIS is American history too, bitch! Own it!
Moving on, let’s talk about this “respect for the military” everyone loves to bring up. For just one second, can we stop pretending like the military is beyond reproach? Now, if anyone thinks I’m crossing the line with that statement, I’d suggest looking up the “mustard gas experiments” of World War II. That’s right, son, minorities were used as guinea pigs to determine the effects of mustard gas on intended targets. So, even in our service of this God-forsaken country, we’re treated like subhuman, second-class citizens. With that being said, don’t talk to me about what people have done for our freedom. In addition, if all of these naysayers care so much about the troops, why don’t they do more to help veterans suffering from physical disabilities, mental health issues and poverty? If singing the anthem is a detractor’s only show of support, they might as well sit down and shut the fuck of the highest shut the fucks up.
In the end, the fact of the matter is, people don’t want us to protest at all. When we march, we’re judged. When we speak, we’re judged. When we write, we’re judged. When we sit, we’re judged. There’s literally nothing we can do that’s acceptable in the eyes of our oppressors. But guess what, losers? We’re not going to stop demonstrating just because it makes certain people uncomfortable. For anyone who feels uneasy, good. This is only the beginning, man. There’s a movement happening here and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it. Good day. No, GREAT day.