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

TMI Tag♥

TMI

While browsing blogs this morning I noticed that everyone was doing a TMI Tag so I decided to post a TMI Tag on my blog so my followers could get to know a little bit more about me. Everyone’s TMI Tag I’ve seen so far is so interesting and fun. I hope you guys have as much fun reading my TMI Tag as I had reading yours xx Enjoy♥

TMI♥

1. What are you wearing?

♥ A pink lace top top, dark blue jeggings and socks♥

2. Do you have any tattoos?

♥No, I’m very squirmish so the idea of having someone poke me with a sharp object is scary♥

3. Piercings?

♥Just my ear but I don’t really like wearing earrings so♥

4. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

♥ I would say about 35mins♥

5. How tall are you?

♥I think I am 5’4″♥

6. Zodiac Sign?

♥Scorpio (only the best and sexiest sign ever♥

7. Favorite Quote?

♥O boy I have so many favorite quotes but this one is from one of my favorite Christian artists wife

“The hard part is asking people around you to help catapult things in motion! Sometimes, all it takes is learning how to ask a friend or leader for help and they will probably surprise you. It all comes down to courage, faith, and confidence in who you are.”-Alyssa Q”♥

8. OTP (One True Pairing)

♥Ahh this is so hard but I have to go with  Lucy Hale and Ian Harding♥

9. Favorite TV Show

♥I’m loving the CW’s new SYFY Drama Starcrossed♥

10. Celebrity Crush

♥Colin Kaepernick (we even share the same birthday)♥

11. A place to visit?

♥My dream is to one day visit the United Kingdom♥

12. Siblings?

♥O yes I have so many I 5 sisters and 2 brothers♥

13. Favorite thing to do?

♥I love to sing♥

14. Last song you sand out loud?

♥Buy You A Drink by T-Pain♥

15. Favorite Color?

♥Purple♥

16. Have you ever been in love?

♥Nope, sadly I’m not very lucky in that department♥

17.Favorite Song?

♥Jhene Aiko-Drinking and Driving♥

18. Last movie you say?

♥The Delivery Man♥

19. Where can you see yourself living in 10 years?

♥Sunny California♥

20. What are your fears?

♥I have a few I would say dying alone, never being able to be a mother, not being able to follow my dreams and getting really sick.

Well, here you go I picked out 20 questions from the 50 question TMI Tag and answered them for you. Hope you guys enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them out for you. Hope you guys have an amazing day xx♥

 

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