Yesterday during his radio call in show, Governor Pete Ricketts addressed the issue of Nebraska football players taking a cue from Colin Kaepernick and kneeling during the national anthem.
“I think the way they chose to protest was disgraceful and disrespectful.”
He then went on to say,
“Part of our country is that people have that right to protest and I think that they ought to look for ways that respect our flag and our nation and still be able to get their message across.”
Pretty strong statement from Ricketts, though not likely to cost him much in the way of political capital. But he did decide to wade into the issue, and he now may be the one who gets to address it in more and different ways.
But here’s the thing:
Those who have been using the kneel-protest during the anthem continually point out that they love America, respect the Constitution and those who have fought for their freedoms.
So their protest really is a means for them to “bring attention” to the issues that are important to them. They’re saying, “Hey, look at me! Listen to what I have to say!”
Mission accomplished. Now what?
That is the question. And if there were a “call to action”, many more would be willing to listen, debate, etc. But the problem with Kaepernick and the kneeling Huskers is that there is no plan of action. Nebraska college student Michael Rose-Ivey said he wants, “awareness about police brutality, and the recent deaths of black men and women at the hands of police officers.”
Well, it would be difficult to avoid being aware of this, if only by watching the local news. So…is there more to the protest than that?
Not to mention, that time after time, people point out the fallacies in the “BLM” arguments. More whites are killed by police, than blacks. Many times police action has been instigated. The resulting protests have been marred by violence, again without any demands.
And of course one can debate those issues as well. But how many times are “dialogues” going to be started without any plan of action behind them?
Rose-Ivey today Tweeted to Governor Ricketts asking to “sit down and further the discussion.”
One would hope that if there is a meeting, an actual plan will be discussed.
L.St. guest writer
When discussion have occurred on “police violence” the opinions of private citizens have generally been the main focus.
Tomorrow on Leavenworth St., you can read some thoughts and opinions on the subject from a law enforcement officer.
Be sure to come back for the guest-writer’s post.
Requiescat in Pace
As long as we’re on the topic of the Huskers, a quick note to say Rest in Peace to former Husker Coach Milt Tenopir.
One of the more enjoyable and interesting times I’ve ever had was after a speaking engagement of his, sitting a having a few adult beverages later into evening at the Bohemian Cafe in Omaha.
Dumplings and kraut, Pilsners and slivovitz, and Husker football stories. It doesn’t get much better than that.
With the Bohemian Cafe now shuttered and Tenopir’s passing, I will cherish those memories even more.
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