Patriotism isn’t about making everyone stand and salute the flag.
Patriotism is about making this a country where everyone wants to.
— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) September 24, 2017
Yesterday, over a hundred NFL players took a knee to protest how people of color are treated in America. They put their careers on the line as we debated their patriotism and Trump opined on their worth on Twitter.
I’m running for State Senate because I’m not a Monday morning quarterback. After all those years working in the criminal justice system, I wasn’t going to sit on the sidelines after we elected a white supremacist and chime in later about what we were supposed to have done.
Each of us today is a witness to living history. This campaign is built on a bold platform of economic and social justice. It’s about coming together with the goal of empowering each other to be stronger, more resilient, and more united than before.
It’s a campaign of action.
We can stand for the flag or we can sit during the anthem, but we can’t sit this one out.
Some of us will run for office. Others will attend (or even organize) a rally. Some will start organizing at the neighborhood level. Many will meet new friends or get to know a neighbor they’ve never spoken with before. Allof us will petition our elected representatives and use the power of our vote to enact change.
As a huge Broncos fan, I was proud when I saw our team support each other yesterday. I understood it was not about being against a flag, but rather, they were kneeling for something: Equal treatment under the law.
I know that not all of us want to sit during the anthem, and that’s okay. (As the son of a proud veteran, I get it.) Each of us has our own way of confronting racism, and it’s all valid as long as we’re working toward justice. Because when we lift each other up, we are also standing together.
Even if some of us take a knee.