To the Editor:

It would appear that most people don't truly understand the message or cause behind taking a knee during the national anthem.

Now, I do not believe that the anthem should become our common conduit for protest, but taking a knee doesn't feel disrespectful at all — just the opposite, taking a knee lowers yourself, humbles yourself like in prayer. Taking a knee during the anthem, to me, feels a lot like a desperation for an answer, an answer that needs to come from the flag itself, what it stands for, and the voice that it has. It is patriotism that has the answer to racism in this nation if we will allow it.

Try taking a knee at home, see if you feel disrespect or the opposite. Feel how much courage it takes to then take that knee in public, and then ask yourself the question, “What can I do to understand the 'why' behind taking a knee, and what can I do to help bring compassion and resolution to this situation?”

Abijah Queen

Benton

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