Respecting our differences, even if we don’t always see eye-to-eye.
Excerpts taken from an article by Beth Baumann, July 2019
Former “Dirty Jobs” host, Mike Rowe has a keen understanding of American history and he recently took to Facebook to answer one of his followers’ questions: why on earth would Nike listen to washed up quarterback Colin Kaepernick? He said, “I think Nike has the right to decorate their shoes with whatever flag they desire. I think Kaepernick has the right to offer marketing advice to any company that’ll take it. And I think you and I have the right to purchase whatever brand of tennis shoes we choose. While every individual person and corporation has the right to make decisions, we don’t have to agree with them. And, as a consumer, we can choose to spend our money with businesses that support our principles.”
“In other words, there’s nothing inherently dangerous about a sneaker company currying favor with a woke athlete, or fellow citizens complaining about displays of patriotism and military might. On the other hand, I think Ronald Reagan was right when he said we’re always one generation away from losing the freedoms we currently enjoy. Along with the siren song of socialism, the persistent promise of ‘free’ stuff, and the breathtaking level of censorship on our college campuses, I worry about the growing belief among many that we can somehow improve our present by erasing our past; by toppling statues, outlawing ‘problematic’ symbols, or rewriting specific pieces of our history in ways that leave us feeling less offended.”
We’re having an extreme shift in our country in that being patriotic; loving our nation and our flag is now seen by some as a bad thing. Those who love our nation and are willing to fight for her are patriots. They’re people who understand that the United States has an incredible system. No, it’s not 100 percent perfect (what ever really is?) but it’s pretty darn flawless. The epidemic taking place in our country isn’t about people being upset with a flag on a pair of shoes. It’s this idea that anyone and everyone should be censored if someone else is triggered. How many times have we seen this?
People don’t like statues of General Robert E. Lee from the Civil War, so people want it pulled down. People don’t like the Betsy Ross flag on a pair of Nike shoes, so Nike pulls the line of shoes. Conservative commentators attempt to give a talk at a college campus, and their appearances get canceled.
We’re so focused on always making sure everyone is in a “safe space” that we’re neglecting to teach our youth our history and what makes our country so amazing. We’re neglecting to teach them the value of having relationships with other people, respecting our differences and understanding that we each have a right to our personal beliefs, even if we don’t always see eye-to-eye.