ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

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By Michelle Lyons

By Michelle Lyons, Columnist

It seems like just yesterday Colin Kaepernick was taking a knee and the entire country was up in arms. I never understood how kneeling to the flag was disrespectful.  Kneeling is the highest form of respect, it’s a sign of worship, and since God is omnipresent no matter where you kneel you are kneeling before God.  Most of the black community instantly understood that Colin’s protest was crying out to the United States and to God simultaneously to garner awareness for the racial injustice in modern-day America.

Fast forward, we are now entering into the 2020-21 football season where this year players are allowed to peacefully protest, and the first week the NFL will play the black National Anthem during every game.  Roger Goodell, the commissioner of The NFL, has even come out publicly stating, “I wish we had listened then”. Colin Kaepernick’s bravery has won him countless awards, an amazing shoe contract and just this week he has been added to EA Sports.  As President Obama said, “The Moral Arch of the Universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

Where would we be as a society if we had given Colin’s protest the attention is required four years ago. I believe in divine timing so this was the year this great reckoning was suppose to happen, but we should have been on the right side of justice years ago.  We are just now trying to catch up, both Roger Goodell’s apology and Cam Newton playing for the Patriots are great symbols that our country wants to eradicate racism.  Cam Newton as the quarterback on The Patriots reminds me of The Rugby World Cup in 1995. Nelson Mandela received an ESPY award because Rugby was the final stitch that brought a divided nation back together again. We are that divided Nation, so now all we need to do is WIN because everyone loves a WINNER! #GOUSA

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