The Anthem, Police Brutality or Both?

Colin Kaepernick

An Opinion Piece By Elisha Brown

It’s no secret that Colin Kaepernick is making history by protesting police brutality during the national anthem. Let’s be clear before we go on further, Kaepernick is not protesting the anthem, he is using the anthem as a vehicle to bring attention to his cause, which is police brutality.

Earlier this week, I was frustrated that Rico LaVelle chose to sing the national anthem while kneeling. The debate I encountered on twitter was whether they could take the money to sing the anthem and protest at the same time. However, I strongly feel that singing the national anthem sends a stronger message, than any opposing message you could make while singing it. In my opinion, the best message to send is by not singing it at all.

Let’s briefly review the history of the national anthem. The national anthem did not become the national anthem until more than a century after it was written and was originally named “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” The first stanza is the stanza we sing as the anthem. However, there are four stanzas. The song is about the war against the British in 1812 and the war was over territory. Since England eradicated slavery before America did, American slaves fought on the side of the British in order to obtain their freedom. In the third stanza, the line reads, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave. From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.” When I hear “bombs bursting in air” I don’t feel patriotic, those lines represent death and despair. We just have to throw the whole anthem away. View Post

Are We Mad or Are We Upset?

Kendall Jenner

An opinion piece by Elisha Brown

In case you’ve been living under a rock, let me bring you up to speed: Last week Pepsi released a commercial starring supermodel Kendall Jenner at the center of a protest that appears to satisfy tensions by sharing Pepsi. We’re not stupid, we know they aren’t literally trying to solve the world’s problems with soda. They’re merely trying to appeal to a specific demographic by using current events to sell soda. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get to the backlash.

Pepsi had good intentions but they get a “C” for effort. They probably need a more diverse team because someone should’ve told them this commercial would be taken seriously and not as lightly as they intended. They’re hinting around some emotionally intense problems. Had they left the cop scene out, this commercial may have been more widely accepted.

Some people are saying that it’s not Kendall Jenner’s fault because she didn’t create the commercial. Pepsi issued an apology to their viewers and Kendall Jenner, but I don’t think it was Kendall who needed that apology. Kendall is twenty-one years old, she is an adult who accepted the role and was paid for it View Post