I've watched social media closely today. I wanted to witness what was happening on one the biggest stages in this country - Sunday football.
I have a lot of thoughts that I will eventually write about. Why more white players didn't kneel as allies, how good ol' Jerry made sure dem boys knew who was boss.
Right now, though, on my mind and in my heart are represented in these two pictures.
The first, the JCSU Volleyball team. These young women risked so much. Being a scholarship volleyball player isn't worth much to a university. As the former captain of my college volleyball team, I question how many of my former teammates would have kneeled in solidarity with me. For the things that effect my life.
The second is Kamryn, a student who has committed herself to #TakeAKnee before her games in protest of racial injustice. According to her mom: "Though ostracized and publicly shamed by her teammates, my daughter will continue to #TakeAKnee. Hate and cultural insensitivity are taught at home and now the White House! I will admit as her mother, it's very hard to hear how mean and hateful her teammates are. Refusing to touch her hand, disengaging while on the court and publicly standing away from her as she kneels. I've even been told by the school staff that parents have made 'inappropriate gestures' toward her in the stands. Through it all my kid SMILES while my heart breaks, because I thought the world would be better for her!" Courageous women. 🖤