Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Taking a Knee

It is not about the flag. 
It is not about the national anthem. 
It is not about the military. 
It is not about 45.
It is not about sports leagues.It is not about sports, professional or otherwise.

It is about:
#AbdirahmanAbdi
#AiyanaStanleyJones
#AkaiGurley
#AltonSterling
#AlredOlango
#AmadouDiallo
#AnthonyHill
#AntonioMartin
#BruceKellyJr
#CharleyLeundeauKeunang
#CoreyJones
#DanroyDJHenry
#DeborahDanner
#DelrawnSmall
#DontreHamilton
#EdsonDaCosta
#EddieRussellJr
#EricGarner
#EricCourtneyHarris
#EzellFord
#FreddieGray
#JamarClark
#JerameReid
#JeremyMcDole
#JocquesClemmons
#JordanDavis
#JosephMann
#JohnCarwfordIII
#JohnathanFerrell
#JonathanSanders
#KaylaMoore
#KeithLamonScott
#KimaniGray
#KorrynGaines
#LaquanMcDonald
#McKenzieCochran
#MeaganHockaday
#MichaelBrown
#OscarGrant
#RekiaBoyd
#RenishaMcBride
#PaulONeal
#PhilandoCastile
#SamuelDuBose
#SandraBland
#SeanBell
#SylvilleSmith
#TamirRice
#TanishaAnderson
#TerenceCrutcher
#TravaresMGill
#TrayvonMartin
#TonyTerrellRobinsonJr
#WalterScott
#WilliamChapman

At first, I was just researching the names I remembered off the top of my head. Then, as you can see, things snowballed. I took the time to read about each human being. It was emotionally overwhelming. My heart still physically hurts, but I feel like it was important for me to do.

Obviously, this list is not comprehensive. If you want to add a name, please place it in the comments or email me. I will read their story and with a heavy heart, add their name.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sundays Were Made For Football

I grew up in a football household:  My dad coached for years.  My little brother was practically born wearing a Cowboy's jersey; he played in college.  And I'm pretty sure my dad's favorite memory of me in high school was his daughter scoring two touchdowns in Osbourn Park's Powder Puff flag football game. I still remember the giant smile on his face.

I fell in love with football during Super Bowl XXII when Washington's Doug Williams shined like nobody's business. As a little kid, I didn't know how significant that game was. I wasn't aware Williams was the first African American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl. I didn't realize he made history in several other ways that day.  I just remember how football made me feel. I was in awe!  After that game, I started cutting football photos from the newspaper and wall-papering my Strawberry Shortcake themed room with Redskin posters. I was hooked!