#takeaknee

Today, I woke up proud to be an NFL fan, and a sports fan in general (I am looking at you, Bruce Maxwell, Bron, Steph). I have the following to say about this ordeal:

If you are angry or disgusted by the players who have taken a knee, please add my name right next to theirs.

I am one of them. A peaceful protestor. I have been protesting, marching, and rallying since I was 18, which coincides with when I started voting. I’m an American gal who likes to exercise her rights, okay?

A little FYI: there are people who hate me without even knowing me. I have been called unpatriotic, told to get the fuck out of this country, and there are even those who wish me dead. Really.

They say I have nothing better to do and nothing to offer to this country, to my community. They say I’m ungrateful.

I beg to differ. I think I do plenty. My lifestyle is pretty darn active!

I offer kindness to others, my friends, my family, animals, and strangers (especially those in unfortunate circumstances). My gratitude overflows, it is the reason I live to give back.

I am not going to get the fuck out, sillies, and I take care to be alive and well. I am going to do my patriotic duty, which is to try to make this country a lovely one, filled with equal opportunity, justice, and compassion, and devoid of bigotry. Let’s open up a conversation about that. That’s all I really want.

If all this makes me a “son of a bitch”, I’ll gladly take it. Add it to the list… Hippie, snowflake, nasty woman. I am still American!

Mom, I love you. Thank you for making me a chingona/SOB.

“With liberty and justice for ALL.”

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Damn.

I do not have any pre-existing conditions.

I have a healthy body.

I have never been raped, I am not a veteran with PTSD, I do not have any mental health issues, I am not ever going to become pregnant or have children. I got nothing. Not even acne, acid reflux, heartburn. Never had a single migraine. Nada.

I was well taken care of as a child, I continue to take care of myself now, I’m taking it easy in life, and… I’ve just been lucky. 

I am well aware that others do not share my fortune, for whatever circumstances life has dealt them. I know people with the aforementioned conditions, friends and family, and will gladly contribute to their health care.

Strangers, I am okay helping you out as well.

Isn’t that the decent thing to do? Why is having money so much more important than taking care of one another? You call yourselves patriots, you want to keep immigrants out – America first, right? Yet you won’t care for your fellow citizens? Not even the elderly, the children?!

What in the actual fuck?!

Guess I will just have keep up the good fight and fight harder than ever before.