Star Spangled NFL
I used to idolize professional football players,
as champions for country and pride.
But circumstances have lately arisen,
and my fondness for the NFL has died.
Respect for race is paramount in our society,
we must all agree that it should be addressed.
Yet, to disrespect our national anthem
is a grievous action that can’t be blessed.
The players may be trying to show support,
against hate that pits one color against another.
There is nothing wrong in calling for change,
when someone attacks an American sister or brother.
Yet, we must sit back and look at the negative effect,
that this action has against the people of our nation.
Does it make them unite against discrimination,
or does it change the subject to Star Spangled fixation?
Will people remember the reason for players kneeling,
because of one man’s reaction to racial hate?
Or will people protest against president or party,
and leave race relations off the agenda plate?
I support equal treatment for all people of color,
but to disrespect our nation is not the solution.
Players, don’t take a knee in front of a foreign people,
or stay off the field like our anthem is noise pollution.
NFL Players, please show respect for our beloved land,
stand tall when our nations song is played away or at home.
Lobby on your personal time for change in societal relations,
but as a player you represent America under the stadium dome.
God Bless you Army Veteran Alejandro Villanueva
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Poem by David Andre Davison (Navy Veteran)