Untitled by Andrew Freborg

For months now, I’ve been trying to express how I feel about the football kneeling scandal that has been in and out of the news. I saw this poem by Andrew Freborg online yesterday and can’t even begin to come close to expressing how I feel any better than he has in the following lines.

I stand to honor the promise the flag represents.

You kneel because that promise has been broken.

I stand to affirm my belief that all are created equal, and to fight alongside you for that promise.

You kneel because too few stand with you.

I stand because we can be better.

You kneel to remind us to be better.

I stand to honor all that have fought and died so that we may be free.

You kneel because not all of us are.

I stand because I can.

You kneel for those who can’t.

I stand to defend your right to kneel.

You kneel to defend my right to stand.

I stand because I love this country.

You kneel because you love it too.



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