Letters

Missed the Point

Nov 22, 2017

To the Editor:

In response to last week’s SpeakEasy column, “Open Letter to the NFL From a Gold Star Mother,” it appears that Ms. Cosgrove has missed the entire point of Mr. Kaepernick’s protest. 

Taking a knee during the national anthem has nothing at all to do with our nation’s military and the sacrifices they have made for all of us. Mr. Kaepernick’s protest is to shine a light on the treatment of minorities by police. 

To say that these protests do not appreciate that all lives matter, not just black lives, is just plain wrong. By asserting that black lives, matter no one is saying that other lives don’t matter. The protestors are not saying that criminals of any ethnicity should not be punished; they are saying that police who respond to a crime scene cannot legally act as judge and jury. 

Ms. Cosgrove mentions Aaron Hernandez in her column. Mr. Hernandez was afforded his right to a trial by jury and that is all that these people are demanding. All people must be treated equally under the law, and if they’re accused of a crime they must be afforded their constitutional right to be arrested and tried by a jury of their peers. This is a fundamental right and it must be protected for all Americans, not just those we like or think are innocent.  

Additionally, Mr. Kaepernick changed his mode of protest after being advised by a former soldier that taking a knee is the more respectful position during the anthem as opposed to sitting on the bench, as he did initially. This fact is rarely brought out when people complain about these protests. He has never tried to convey anything but respect for the military while protesting a perceived wrong, which is his right and exactly what the people in our military are protecting when they fight for our freedoms.  

Maria Born

Manahawkin

 

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