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A remarkable occurrence seen over and over comes from first and second generation Americans who know all too well just how fortunate they are to reside in the greatest country in the history of man.
People like Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who said on Monday that he will not kneel during the national anthem this upcoming NFL season and he does not care what people think of that.
Then again, at 6′ 6″ and 302 lbs., there aren’t many willing to challenge him.
Tuitt declared his position in a tweet that acknowledged that his grandmother came to the U.S. from the Caribbean and worked hard to achieve success.
“Also I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that,” the player tweeted. “My grandmother was a immigrant from the Carribean and … worked her ass off to bring 20 people over the right way. She had no money and educated herself to be a nurse. She living good now.”
Also I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that. My grandmother was a immigrant from the Carribean and age worked her ass off to bring 20 people over the right way. She had no money and educated herself to be a nurse. She living good now.
— stephon tuitt (@DOCnation_7) July 27, 2020
Tuitt’s tweet comes after former NFL player and coach Mike Ditka called kneeling for the national anthem “disrespectful.”
“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country. That’s the way I feel,” the Hall of Famer said.
With the NFL, under the tutelage of Commissioner Roger Goodell, pushing all in on amplifying liberal social justice initiatives, Tuitt is effectively letting it be known that he can maintain the proper perspective as the world around him goes mad.
In addition to allowing players to use helmets “to honor victims of systemic racism,” the league will allow signage in end zones for Week 1 games and home openers.
The NFL informed clubs today of plans to amplify its social justice initiatives, including helmet decals and signage in end zones for kickoff games and club home openers. pic.twitter.com/p4lt27tmEY
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 27, 2020
The on-field signage that will be on end zone borders will feature the messages “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism” on opposite ends of the field.
Also, every game on opening week will feature a pre-recorded version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is often referred to as the Black National Anthem.
Tuitt’s teammate, Cameron Heyward, told reporters previously that whatever they decide to do, they would do as a team.
“I think we want to stay united in what we do and what we want to accomplish,” Heyward said during a conference call last month. “Coach T (Tomlin) always told me that if we win a Super Bowl, that’s not enough for the city of Pittsburgh. We want to leave a lasting change on our community as well.”
Tuitt also made it clear to his critics that he is willing to use his wealth to help others.
Stop letting the world masculinity blind you that’s my spill for Monday. If you need help talk to me I have over 80 percent of my wealth while helping my mother and created Financial securities for my kids and wife. I will not judge. I’m not secretive I will help.
— stephon tuitt (@DOCnation_7) July 27, 2020
As expected, Tuitt was quickly attacked by the left and it’s rather instructive to see how many took exception to the player marrying a white woman.
Go live your happy white life and stop speaking on ADOS issues https://t.co/FMz2Db75aU pic.twitter.com/RsAasMvcg5
— Ibrahim Tanner (@IbrahimTanner1) July 28, 2020
Your grandma has nothing to do with it… It's your in-laws big fella https://t.co/kiFQU9O4qk pic.twitter.com/9yUWS2InyP
— FACTUAL OPINIONS OF DRED (@FACTUALOPINION0) July 27, 2020
white people telling stephon tuitt what to do has gotta be one of the funniest things i’ve seen in awhile
— Patrick ❌🧢🍜 (@patrickadawson1) July 27, 2020
However, there were plenty of social media users standing with Tuitt, to include veterans.
Here’s a quick sampling of some of the responses from Twitter:
Proud of you and your opinion about this my friend. As a veteran the kneeling is a slap in the face to me and all other veterans who’ve served and died for this country. Pick another day other than Sunday to do so!!
— Ronald T Kinnas Jr (@rkinnasjr) July 27, 2020
I appreciate that 100%. I spent 21 years serving in the military and have multiple combat deployments. The flag and National Anthem still make my eyes water. I am proud of our country and what we’ve made as Americans. We can go much farther yet if we stop trashing our country.
— Eric Miller (@EGMiller78) July 27, 2020
Please influence your teammates. I love my Steelers, first kneel and I’m done. I can only control what I can control.
— Ricky4453 (@ricky4453) July 27, 2020
If someone wants to stand for the flag that’s his or her right. Don’t shame one way or the other. Freedom to choose is a hallmark of our democratic republic. I’m standing too. I won’t let some bad cops that are behind bars stain the entire nation.
— Z-Force (@ZJH81) July 28, 2020
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