I have something to say about “Taking the Knee”

Let’s get this straight for those of you (my friends and family, fellow Americans) who do not understand and have chosen to call “taking the knee” something that is it not. I am a proud and a patriotic American. My family lines have been here since the ship rolled in – yep the ship in 1619, I come from 4 lines of the Mayflower, etc. and much more. I am an American.
I have ancestors who fought and died in every WAR this country has ever been engaged in.  I have 10 ancestors I can account for that served in the Rev War and that’s only on one line. I am an American.  I know and love this country and thankful for being an American.
“Taking the knee” does not mean I or anyone is Anti- American.
So let’s try to just stop saying it is and focusing on what it is truly meant to be.
I am not dissing or disrespecting any allegiance to the flag or my country. I descend from slaves who did not ask to come here and immigrants who wanted to come here, just as you and most of all of America. You know there are injustices in this country that need to stop. The injustices are aired daily, no hourly, you know what they are. It is time to stop changing the channel and pay attention. “Taking the knee” is a way to bring the issue to the forefront and to stop the insanity of the injustices. How much more do you really think this country can bear? We need to agree to stop the injustices for all. 
If you do not get it and still think taking the knee is something else, please do not post a response to this thread. It is not welcomed. I will add you to my prayers. I am sorry to say you and others will “never get it” because you choose not to. You have built the wall around you and only focusing on one thing to attach too and can’t see the real point. This also shows your support to the continual abuses and injustices that happen in this country since 1619. It’s 2017, it’s time to stop. 

About familytreegirl

Shelley Murphy, aka “familytreegirl”, a native of Michigan residing in Central Virginia, Shelley has been an avid genealogist for over 25+ years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, and Murphy family lines. She is a Coordinator and faculty for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), presents Genealogy 101 workshops at the local community college, state and national genealogy conferences. She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and works as an adjunct professor for Averett University. Murphy is known for her inspiring and interactive “Getting Started” Methods and Strategies for genealogy research, “Time and File management” along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures. Shelley currently has 20+ publications with Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner and the Central Virginia Heritage, a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. She is an instructor for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI). Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Adjunct Professor, Professional Genealogist. Volunteers for American Red Cross as a Disaster Services Instructor, facilitates financial education workshops for the last 8 years, and former licensed Real Estate Broker
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2 Responses to I have something to say about “Taking the Knee”

  1. KTC says:

    As another longtime American whose family members have served in every American conflict from the French and Indian War to modern day wars, I agree with you. Although I would not personally protest in this way, I do empathize and understand the reasons why others are taking a knee.

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