Kansas City Chiefs: Marcus Peters Takes A Stand

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kansas City Chiefs corner Marcus Peters
Kansas City Cheifs corner Marcus Peters. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports /

Everyone Is Right; Everyone Is Wrong

What I do know is that this issue draws strong emotions from people.  If a significant portion of this country does not feel they have those equal rights, shouldn’t we take notice?  I thought that was the premise of what I swore to uphold and defend.

The United States was founded on the protest for equal rights.  Yes the original text only applied to certain people, but we have since determined that the Constitution applies to everyone.  So why do we not take it seriously when a portion of the population is calling foul?

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Isn’t protesting in the name of equality the very foundation of patriotism in the United States?  Wasn’t the birth of our nation a protest against inequality?  If so, then how do we justify not addressing a protest about inequality?

Furthermore, are we doing this the right way?  I continue to see people talking about doing things the right way, but why is that limited to just the protesters?  Why is it the responsibility of Marcus Peters and others to do more?  If your only argument is the way Marcus Peters is choosing to protest, then what are you doing to help?

On the other hand, is demonstrating against the flag and anthem the right way to go?  If you are protesting these symbols, aren’t you also protesting the country and its Constitution?  Aren’t you also protesting the Declaration of Independence?  Aren’t you inherently protesting all of those who believe in those things and have sacrificed for it?  What of all the black players not actively protesting?

Is Marcus Peters wrong for taking his stance?  Is he wrong for the way he does it?  Are any of us truly qualified to judge either of those questions?  This isn’t a simple issue.  In fact, this may be the single most complex issue facing this country at the moment.  Certainly it is not something to be taken lightly.

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In the end, all I can do is respect Marcus Peters for taking a stand on something he believes in.  That is what I fought to defend.  That was why I joined the Marine Corps.  I didn’t enlist to support anyone’s ideals and agendas.  I enlisted to support their right to express those ideals and agendas.  That is what Peters is doing.  He is using his 1st Amendment the way he sees fit.