Protest a pro­found mis­cal­cu­la­tion?

Waterloo Region Record - - EDITORIALS & COMMENT -

Re: Tak­ing a knee dis­hon­ours U.S. mil­i­tary, Matthew says — Sept. 26

Sit­ting north of the 49th par­al­lel, I’m of the view that we are watch­ing the fabric of Amer­ica un­ravel. The slow progress of de­seg­re­ga­tion be­gan to open new av­enues for peo­ple of colour and with it came the de­sire to level the play­ing field that Dr. King spoke about. How­ever, cul­ture and so­cial mind­sets damp­ened the his­tor­i­cal pas­sage from a caste sys­tem to an all-en­com­pass­ing so­ci­ety. The Watts ri­ots, the torch­ing of Detroit, the rise of the Black Pan­thers, the BLM move­ment to protest against se­lec­tive law en­force­ment, the NRA, the An­tifa and pro-white move­ment have fos­tered a me­dia feed­ing frenzy that fans the fire by sen­sa­tion­al­iz­ing the events.

The First Amend­ment al­lows one to uri­nate on, or defe­cate on or burn the Amer­i­can flag as a sign of protest as was done over the in­volve­ment in Viet­nam. So not to stand for the na­tional an­them in to­day’s world has be­come a new po­lit­i­cal state­ment of un­told pro­por­tions. Pri­mar­ily en­dorsed by ath­letes of colour, the dy­nam­ics of po­lit­i­cal protest and the coun­ter­protest has, in my view, brought about a di­vi­sion within the coun­try. Dis­re­spect of flag and an­them to pro­mote so­cial in­jus­tice may be a pro­found mis­cal­cu­la­tion, Don­ald Trump not­with­stand­ing. Will mem­bers of the mil­i­tary ques­tion the value of put­ting their lives are on the line when flag and coun­try they are asked to de­fend is not re­spected by their coun­try­men? Paul Alexan­der Water­loo

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