My thoughts lately, like millions of Americans, have been on the NFL players continued kneeling during the National Anthem.
While I wholeheartedly agree with the first amendment rights of these players to do this, I still believe they are disrespecting our country, our military and law enforcement, our flag and their fans.
This has gone on way too long. As I have stated previously, there is a time and a place for everything. During the National Anthem is not the time and during a sporting event where fans have paid good money to relax and be entertained is not the place.
Social injustices are too often a reality. Before the NFL is completely destroyed, perhaps the time has come for these protesters to find another avenue to address their concerns.
I have several suggestions on ways they can address their concerns in a less offensive — and more productive — manner.
First of all, I think it would be awesome if these players went to the inner cities and paid the costs associated with it and to also volunteer their time to have a cleanup day. Plant trees, install a playground, paint things that need painting. A clean and attractive neighborhood can do wonders for the people who live there.
I think it would also be awesome if these players would adopt a little brother, perhaps one who is in a gang, who may be going down the wrong path and help them get on the right track.
Sponsor a Boys and Girls Club in the inner cities and become mentors and coaches to sports teams to the kiddos in those neighborhoods.
Do a ride along with a law enforcement officers in the inner cities in the cities where they live to experience what law enforcement faces every day.
Go to churches, schools, community organizations and solicit their help in making a difference and to help correct social injustices.
Be a doer, like JJ Watts has been to Houston during Hurricane Harvey. Look what his idea and desire to make a difference did for the citizens of Houston.
I truly believe that if you reach out to your fellow citizens and solicit their help in this endeavor, you will have much more effective results than you are having by kneeling during football games.
It is going to take all of us, Americans of all colors working together to address and correct the problems that are causing so much division in our great nation.
Last, but not least, kneel in prayer for America, our leaders and each other.