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To stand, to kneel, to teach

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Many students and NFL players are following in the footsteps of Colin Kaepernick who has chosen to kneel during the national anthem before football games. This should speak loudly to the fact that people are in need of an outlet for their frustrations with our society and the areas of our country in which justice is lacking. Though frustrations isn’t even close to being a strong enough word.

william-wilberforceThere are so many injustices people are battling each and every day and racial injustice is most definitely a big one. People are being shot and killed and so much of this is coming from a place of fear. I do not fear that my two white sons will be shot and killed should they ever find themselves in close proximity to a police officer. I do not fear that my children will be frisked or searched or watched if they are standing with a group waiting for a bus. This IS happening with young black men. This is something their mothers fear.

I wish with all my heart and soul that all humans were treated equally. It hurts. It hurts to think about these things. Why does a black man have to consider the clothing they wear before they walk down the street? Racial profiling should not exist. Judges should not be saying they are doing a black person a favor by putting them in jail and white people should not be placed on probation for the very same crimes! It’s not just African Americans being profiles, Hispanics struggle, Native Americans, as well as Middle Eastern. No legislator should ever say the words “black parents need to teach their children to respect police.” And black parents shouldn’t have to have discussions with their babies on how to “survive police encounters” due to the excessive amounts of police violence happening.

Does any of this have anything to do with the national anthem? Are we not the land of the free and the home of the brave? Maybe. Maybe not.

be-openmindedFor me, when I hear the national anthem I think of the many battles heroic service men and women have fought in order to keep our country free and safe. To me standing for the national anthem is something which makes me feel good, I’m showing support for my country, I’m showing support for the many people who have fought for the freedoms we have. The injustices which exist in other parts of the world are so horrific every single day with countless people dying and no one ever knowing their name. People fleeing their country as bombs are falling and bullets are flying just outside their doors. When I stand to the national anthem those are the thoughts I have and those are the feelings I have, this is an emotional thing for me.

For Colin Kaepernick it means something different. When he chooses not to stand it makes me sad because I see him dividing himself from his team and I see him choosing not to stand in respect of those who have died to serve our country. But that is NOT why he has chosen to kneel. He isn’t purposefully deciding to be disrespectful at all, that was not the catalyst and when you think about it, the people who have fought and are fighting for our country are also fighting for our right to the very liberty of being able to choose to kneel, stand, sit, do the chicken dance, right? For Colin Kaepernick, I believe he is choosing to kneel because it has gotten attention and when people ask why he isn’t standing he gets an opportunity for dialogue. He gets a chance to speak about racial injustices and be a voice for an issues which is very real and very hard to talk about. Do I feel he could travel to colleges and schools and churches and talk about this via other platforms which might be more effective, yes? Why? Because the people he needs to reach with his message are not just the oppressed.

comfortzonesWhether he cares to or not, he needs to be able to reach the population of people who are furious with him for not standing during the anthem, because I believe it is likely that many of them “do not get it.” Often times they are the people who need to hear a different perspective, they need to see through different eyes. But as soon as you kneel during the anthem, they close their eyes, they close their ears and they close their hearts to your story. Should they be so narrow minded? No. But like I said, the national anthem is an emotional thing for millions of people, many who have lost family and friends who serve.

So see, there are so many multiple facets in this discussion. So many opportunities to teach, share, listen and come together in a new understanding of what is going on, but instead we have created yet another dividing line in our society. Those who stand and those who kneel. This has not fixed the problem. I wish we could find common, middle ground so we can work towards solutions together.

Hmm, Beyonce is Pepsi’s new brand ambassador…$50 million deal

So, Rihanna promotes Vita Coco Coconut Water and Beyonce opts for something a little less vita and a whole lot more sugar. Going back to her Pepsi roots circa 2003 I suppose.

Pepsi and Beyonce are inviting fans to help make this year’s Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show one of the most memorable and compelling shows ever. Beginning on Saturday, December 29th, fans are encouraged to submit photos of specific “poses” in hopes of being selected for a chance of a lifetime – to appear in an on-air introduction welcoming Beyonce to the stage for the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show.

Pepsi and Beyonce invite fans to help kick-off the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show. Fans are encouraged to submit photos for a chance to appear in an on-air introduction welcoming Beyonce to the stage for the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show. Pepsi's partnership with the NFL and Beyonce is an extension of the brand's "Live For Now" campaign. (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)
Pepsi and Beyonce invite fans to help kick-off the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show. Fans are encouraged to submit photos for a chance to appear in an on-air introduction welcoming Beyonce to the stage for the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show. Pepsi’s partnership with the NFL and Beyonce is an extension of the brand’s “Live For Now” campaign. (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

Beginning Saturday, December 29, Pepsi will take over Times Square with digital billboards calling fans to submit their photos. Fans who visit www.pepsi.com/halftime will be given a series of poses to photograph, including head bopping, feet tapping, and yes, even hips shaking. Hundreds of photos uploaded at www.Pepsi.com/halftime with the hashtag #PepsiHalftime will be used to introduce the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show and to welcome Beyonce to the world’s biggest stage. The show will air on CBS on February 3, 2013.

In addition, people who submit their photos by January 11 th will be entered into a drawing for a chance to be one of 50 lucky fans selected for an unforgettable on-field experience during Beyonce’s Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show performance seen by millions of viewers at home. These fans will be able to bring a friend to New Orleans, participate in dress rehearsals during the week leading up to the show, and be a part of the Halftime Show’s on-field dance team on Super Bowl Sunday.

“Pepsi is bringing to life its ‘Live for Now’ mindset which places fans at the center of this experience,” said Angelique Krembs, vice president of marketing, Pepsi. “Pepsi is looking for new ways to involve fans in the Halftime Show experience, and ‘live’ it like never before. And this is just the beginning. Only Pepsi could offer these amazing experiences, and we are proud to be able to work with our partners at the NFL, CBS and with Beyonce in this unique and creative manner.”

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Kolb and Stewart fail concussion test

Am I really going to talk about football?

Yes. Yes, I am.

I’m in a fantasy league this year. I have done this in the past, but had stopped doing it because I always lost miserably. Not that I had bad players, but that I would forget to pay attention to who was on a bye week or if someone was injured.

So I love the Eagles. But I don’t “hate” any team. A lot of people are one way and only one way. I like the game of football. Eagles are my top team, but I won’t bash another team unless I’m purposefully being a pain in someone’s arse.

So here is fantasy and real world news you might need to know.

Eagles players Kolb and Stewart suffered injuries during the team’s loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. They both left the game with concussions. There is controversy because their trainers let them keep playing even after the concussion happened because they didn’t show signs right away of the damage. Supposedly, the trainers asked the right questions, got all the right answers, sent both back into a game even after both had displayed, for a national audience to see, evidence of head trauma.

Well, latest news says both players have failed the concussion test today meaning they are still on the injured list.

Head coach Andy Reid said backup quarterback Michael Vick, who took over for Kolb during the second half on Sunday, will take practice snaps with the first team on Wednesday and Thursday.

There has been no official word yet from the Eagles about Kolb’s status. He is listed as day-to-day.

Another round of testing is scheduled for Friday with an independent specialist, as required by NFL regulations.

In other Eagles injury news, center Jamaal Jackson and fullback Leonard Weaver are done for the season.