Letter to the editor: Many reasons to take a knee
Take a knee for the millions kidnapped from Africa and packed into the holds of slave ships.
Take a knee for those slaves who worked for NOTHING other than maybe food, clothing, and shelter.
Take a knee for the tens of thousands who were kept and bred like animals for their white slave-owner’s profit.
Take a knee for those women raped by their white slave-owners.
Take a knee for those lynched.
Take a knee for those killed by police for being black.
Take a knee for the black veterans of the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, who faced Jim Crow in the South and North — if they were lucky enough to come home alive.
Take a knee for those blacks denied housing or home loans.
Take a knee for those denied the same quality of education provided white children.
The 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, prohibited states from denying a male citizen the right to vote based on “race, color or previous condition of servitude.”
Take a knee for all those prohibited from voting through fear (KKK) or other discriminatory policies or actions (poll taxes, arbitrary poll closures, or names arbitrarily erased from voter registration lists).