My sister mentioned this interesting thought to me, and I wanted to record it:
“My family and I got caught up with the “what color is this” game today; similar to the white/gold verses black/blue dress debate from a few years ago, this time it was about sneakers. Our mom sent a picture and asked us what color we each saw. The focus of the conversation wasn’t on which color the sneakers were, but rather on the shock that other people were seeing something completely different. They were unable to see it as we did, and we were unable to see it as they did.
It was during this text chain that I had an Ah-ha moment.
This video is about why Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee during the National Anthem. It was US Army Veteran, Nate Boyer, who suggested to Kaepernick to take a knee as a sign of respect instead of sitting on the bench.
Our Nation is currently divided. And while we all can see NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem, some see a sign of incredible disrespect while others see taking knee as a sign of deep respect.
I don’t know what side your are on and it’s not my intention to give you my personal opinion either. But I want to highlight how important it is to take a step back and remember that just because we are looking at the same thing, we may be seeing something different from others. So, like Colin Kaepernick and Nate Boyer, stop making judgments and listen to what others are talking about, try to understand where he or she is coming from because we haven’t walked around in their shoes and they have not walked around in ours. Be willing to sit down and have discussions. Follow Benjamin Franklin’s virtue of silence and listen. Hear one another out “because we really aren’t that different and at the end of the day we all probably want the same things.”