Some people are proving everyday that the national anthem protests have nothing to do with the flag, the military, or even patriotism. Taking a knee is about fighting police brutality and racial injustice. Refusing to accept that fact and opposing one’s rights under the First Amendment could make one a racist. Here is a real-life example of how that looks.
A 19-year-old Black woman, who is a soldier in the U.S. National Guard, was on the receiving end of a bout of road rage on Oct. 10. Geminia Aimable was cut off in traffic by a White man who chased after her. He pursued her relentlessly until he caught up with her at a red light. What happened next was particularly shocking since she was in uniform. She recounted the events on her Facebook page.
“In my 19 years of living… I have never been called a n*gger. To my face at least,” Aimable wrote on her Facebook page. “Yet today in my uniform, a man cut me off. Just to then later FOLLOW me… He comes banging on my window cursing me out… and proceeding to call me a n*gger. Told me to never forget that I am nothing but a n*gger and that us n*ggers do not deserve to serve this very country and to take off my uniform and to kill myself.”
What a white man said and did to a Black military veteran. She was IN UNIFORM.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is why we MUST take a knee. pic.twitter.com/XFd7wKRL5K
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 12, 2017
As expected, this young woman was shocked at the racist venom being spewed at her from a complete stranger. Aimable said that she has nothing against Caucasians as several of her relatives are White. Her choice to serve in the military comes from the belief that “we all bleed the same.” And yet, this man, whose identity and military records are unknown, saw fit to hunt a woman down and verbally assault her because she is Black.
If Aimable learned nothing else from this experience, it is that racism is alive and well in America and that is why taking a knee is so important to so many. The irony is that the military’s purpose is to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States and to fight all threats at home and abroad. So who is going to protect this young lady from guys like these?
— Geminia Aimable (@Gemmy_Boo) August 26, 2016