Respect–Given and Earned, Not Demanded and Taken

By | August 29, 2016

To say to a bank “I expect you to keep my money safe and not just throw it willy-nilly into the street” isn’t disrespect. It’s respecting the word of the bank and demanding it holds true to that promise it makes to you, to keep your money safe.

To say to a restaurant “I expect you to serve me food that’s well-prepared and safe to eat, and not just shove crap from a garbage can onto a plate and drop it in front of me” isn’t disrespect. It’s respecting the word of the restaurant and demanding it holds true to its promise it makes to you, to serve you well-prepared, safe food.

To say to a country “I expect you to treat me as a man and not as an [n-word]” isn’t disrespect. It’s respecting the word of the country –as expressed in its Constitution–and demanding it holds true to the promise it makes to you, to guarantee your freedom to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in exactly the same way as all Americans are purportedly entitled to live.

Kaepernick says words and sits down. That’s all. No violent revolution. No signs of aggressive behavior. Just says words and sits down — and for this you go full rant on him.

When will people like Kaepernick have the right to protest their second-class status in America unless they’re rich?

Tell me, what conditions are needed before black Americans are treated as full Americans?