Americans vs Americans, divided in a great game of thrones and spectacle.
It seems impossible to have missed the great showdown, athletes vs politicians vs each other. And while it may have filtered out of news cycles, the division in America has not yet healed. The ideas at the root of the debate stand true on and off the football field. Is standing up for something you believe in through civil disobedience, un-American?
Everyone is taking a stand or kneeling about something these days. Each with a platform to speak their minds through social media, usually with closed minds, conservative vs progressive, fighting for their political platforms like sports teams. Each convinced their team can do no wrong.
As a progressive or a conservative, it's easy to take a stand on issues like kneeling during the national anthem. It triggers us depending on where we live, who we know in the military, and how we identify politically. We feel the weight of the implications based on what we hold most dear. It's easy to fight and take a stand. We feel it in our bones. Our platform leaders have lots to say about it, and we tend to listen and repeat without asking many questions of ourselves.
America has two sides like every story.
Americans are not conservative or a progressive, they are American. We are not red or blue but something in between, and the sooner everyone realizes this, the sooner we can begin healing. America is not two colors, she's a gradient.
Can a culture of American unity be set from the top down by wise and thoughtful leaders who defend the constitution not their bias?