What a timely and thought-provoking post. I couldn’t agree more. As writers, we are often told to avoid politics and religion, but sometimes you simply cannot keep quiet – not when it’s something so important. This is beyond disagreeing about political policy or court cases. This is about something very real that affects a huge amount of our population. Racism is real. And the reaction to Colin Kaepernick is just an example of it. This is peaceful protest and he (and others who chose to protest in this way) are well within their rights to do so.
The NFL is NOT a government organization, and it’s up to them how they run their organization. Trump really shouldn’t be badmouthing businesses or private citizens. I’m quite certain he has other things to worry about.
I am in full support of anyone who chooses to “take a knee.” And I can understand those who choose not to do so for their own reasons. Those who are offended by this form of peaceful protest may certainly boycott the NFL, and those who are offended by my opinion of the whole matter may certainly boycott my books or blog.
Thank you, Tim, for writing this article and for taking a stand. It’s time to stop vilifying football players for peacefully protesting, and time to start taking about the real issue – the racial inequality that is a life-and-death issue for people of color.
One thing I’ve never been accused of is shying away from an argument – and judging by my six siblings (four brothers and two sisters) it’s a family trait.
However, I got some advice from a fellow author a few years back about engaging in hot-button arguments on social media. His tip was simple, and it made perfect sense…
To paraphrase; If you argue something really controversial you run the risk of alienating potential readers.
This was (is) good advice for an author trying really hard to increase his fan base – so I heeded his advice. Regardless of the topic (and let’s face it…there have been some whoppers on social media in the past few years) I kept my distance. I posted cute pictures of puppies, funny memes, useless trivia and the occasional “save the shark” comment – but I steered clear of the big three – religion, sex…
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I agree. People have the right to protest, especially if it’s peaceful and not leading or encouraging violence. I myself don’t like to discuss politics too much, but I shouldn’t be afraid to talk about issues such as this just to avoid arguments. There is always going to be someone who doesn’t like what you write. It’s just a risk we as writers have to take.
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Thank you for reblogging Tricia! And thank you for joining the movement!
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