Letter to the Editor

letters to the editor

Monday, October 16, 2017

First I will start by saying I find it hard to read anything in Brown’s opinion regarding the NFL that was in good taste or non-defamatory and not to mention non-offensive. The illustration itself was insensitive on so many levels that disgusting will not begin to describe it.

Kaepernick made a choice to protest in a way you and others may not approve of. However, in the midst of continuous rhetoric and overly expressive personal opinions, we cannot overlook the original intent and reasoning for the protest. This country boasts of offering LIBERTY and JUSTICE for all. But this is not what’s going on when it comes to people of color. Racial issues do not go away, just because they are being suppressed or not acknowledged. This is the point that Kaepernick is trying to highlight with his peaceful protest. Now is the time for all people in the land of opportunity to take the opportunity to come together in unity, harmony and understanding in a collaborative effort to break down all the walls of division that separate America. Killing of unarmed black men by police need to be protested. Racial profiling needs to be protested. False depictions of black men allegedly killing each other at such an alarming rate that bodies are piled up like a trash heap and published in a public newspaper should be protested.

Let’s be clear this isn’t about the flag, the anthem, NFL owners, ballgames, NFL players or Veterans. It’s about the mistreatment, misrepresentation, and misunderstanding of individuals merely because of the color of their skin. To truly be a United States, we must accept the fact that what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong. And this philosophy cannot fluctuate based upon race, creed, or ethnicity.

Concerned mother of two black sons

Waydean Talley

Editors Note: Ms. Talley is responding to an opinion column by Susan Stamper Brown entitled “Sick of the NFL? Play Kaepernick-Hole” that ran in the Wednesday, Oct. 4, edition of the Tribune and an editorial cartoon that ran with it.