Conservative Tribune posted “Cop Who Shot Young Minority Male Sends Kaepernick Item He’ll Never Forget” and within it is a wonderful message from an officer critically wounded in the past year by a young thug who happened in this instant to be Black. It sums up the view of all military and enforcement I think pretty darn well. I hope every sports player professional or amateur reads it. More than that everyone who thinks violence is the answer to internal strife in the US needs to think carefully about what they are siding with and what message they are advocating when they are in those groups.
You can read the post HERE.
“Retired police officer Chris Amos, a father of three, had the spotlight shone on him while he was still in uniform. Amos shot and killed a young minority male and was given paid leave.
He is exactly the type of police officer that Kaepernick spoke about when he said, “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
However, Amos decided to show Kaepernick something that the NFL player didn’t know: that they were more alike than he realized.”
The open letter addressed to Kaepernick that Amos posted on Facebook was absolutely spectacular. See the full letter below:
An Open Letter to Colin Kaepernick,
Dear Colin guess you have been pretty busy these last few days. For the record I don’t think any more or less of you for not standing for the national anthem. Honestly, I never thought that much about you, or any professional athlete for that matter, to begin with. I’ve read your statement a few times and want you to know I am one of the reasons you are protesting. You see I am a retired police officer that had the misfortune of having to shoot and kill a 19-year-old African-American male. And just like you said, I was the recipient of about $3,000 a month while on leave, which was a good thing because I had to support a wife and three children under 7 years old for about 2 months with that money. Things were pretty tight because I couldn’t work part-time. Every police officer I’ve ever known has worked part-time to help make ends meet.
You know, Colin, the more I think about it, the more we seem to have in common. I really pushed myself in rehab to get back on the street, kind of like you do to get back on the field. You probably have had a broken bone or two and some muscle strains and deep bruising that needed a lot of work. I just had to bounce back from a gunshot wound to the chest and thigh. Good thing we both get paid when we are too banged up to “play,” huh? We both also know what it’s like to get blindsided. You by a 280-pound defensive end, ouch! Me, by a couple of rounds fired from a gun about 2 feet away into my chest and thigh. We also both make our living wearing uniforms, right? You have probably ruined a jersey or two on the field of play. I still have my blood-stained shirt that my partner and paramedics literally ripped off my back that cold night in January. Fortunately, like you I was given a new one. Speaking of paramedics aren’t you glad the second we get hurt trainers and doctors are standing by waiting to rush onto the field to scoop us up. I’m thankful they get to you in seconds. It only took them about 10 minutes to get to me. By the grace of God, the artery in my thigh didn’t rupture or else 10 minutes would have been about 9 minutes too late. We also have both experienced the hate and disgust others have just because of those uniforms we wear. I sure am glad for your sake that the folks who wear my uniform are on hand to escort you and those folks that wear your uniform into stadiums in places like Seattle!
I guess that’s where the similarities end, Colin. You entertain for a living, I and almost 800,000 others across this country serve and protect. Are there some bad apples within my profession? Absolutely, and they need to be identified and fired or arrested! But you know what, the vast majority do the right thing, the right way, for the right reason. Did I mention that seconds before I was shot, an elderly African-American gentleman walking down the sidewalk, turned to my partner and I as we rode past and said, “Get them.” Get who, you ask? The thugs terrorizing an otherwise good and decent neighborhood, home to dozens of good, decent African-American families trying to raise those families in communities not protected by gates and security guards. No these folks and families depend on America’s law enforcement officers.
Colin, I have buried 7 friends killed in the line of duty and three others who have committed suicide. I have attended more funerals than I care to remember of neighboring departments who have lost officers in the line of duty, during my career. Law enforcement officers with different backgrounds, upbringings and experiences united by their willingness to answer the call to protect and serve their fellow citizens.
Colin, I am sorry for the endorsement deals you may lose and the dip in jersey sales, but please know you will NEVER lose what these men and women and their families have lost. And so whether you stand or sit during the national anthem means very little to me. As for me and the men and women on whose team I was privileged to serve, we will put on our ballistic vests, badge and gun, kiss our loved ones goodbye, for some tragically for the last time, and out into a shift of uncertainty we will go. We will continue to protect and continue to serve and we will be standing at attention, Colin, not just for the playing of our national anthem, but far more importantly for the playing of Taps.
V/R (very respectfully),
Many thanks to Conservative Tribune for finding and posting this letter. Yes you are correct.
It does need to be posted far and wide.
Those of you in all sports but in particular football and basketball must remember that part of the reason you receive such a fantastic salary is the public persona you present to all generations.
YOU are part of the minutes in time when heavily burdened men and women can escape to a world far away from their present circumstances.
YOU are the light shining bright for the young who one day hope (just as you did) to make it into professional sports and out of poverty.
YOU are the guiding light in communities where just your presence brings a bright moment to some individual.
YOU are a singular pinpoint moment in the pain of disease that can lift a child up and brighten their world.
YOU are the one that is heralded as heroes on a battlefield where no guns,bomb blasts or horrors of fear can touch souls for the time you spend in the limelight.
YOU are the ones that are role models for future generations.
It is a burden and a privilege which comes with fame and fortune but one from which you receive great reward.
For those athletes who wish to side with a paid group of insurgents, rabble rousers who refuse to constructively help within communities and would rather rant, like fools, march and riot, commit murder for hire, stomp on the national flag than lend a helping hand–Go Ahead. You live in a land where that flag flies freely over, providing all under its shadow freedoms far beyond most of the world’s inhabitants.
Very few if any of American athletes are straight off the boat or purely one race or another. Many have themselves struggled to reach their level of success. Most started out young worshipping some athletic hero. Yet your choice of political view is protected. Your right to protest deemed acceptable. Go Ahead and disrespect our flag and country as none of you from the worst of life in our inner cities have any idea what real hate, strife, hunger, or bias is since you have little to compare it to thanks to that flag and the lives who kept it flying.
GO AHEAD and disrespect our nation and flag but look carefully around you….
What child have you helped? What positive thing have you done that benefits your adoring fans not your pocketbook? What future star have you impacted?
YOU explain to THEM how disrespecting our flag is okay. How disrespecting the reason we salute and stand is acceptable. How the lives crushed by disrespect of our country as we see in burned out houses and stores is better than facing an issue in a collaborative way. How values like good citizenship, law, order, and responsibility are no longer the right way to be as an individual or member of a team.
YOU show them how honoring fear, rioting and murder to achieve a better world is the right way to achieve a goal.
YOU show them how a stone cold “principal” of money in exchange for fear and chaos outweighs respect, honor and sense of community.
LOOK THEM IN THE EYES when you do sit rather than stand; or, when you refuse to place your hand over your heart or salute our flag.
And remember who YOU are and how YOU got to that chair.
In the tapestry of life, you mean little but a blip of color that only briefly shines in the limelight. Yet your legacy lives in the minds of future generations, what and how will you be remembered? BTW this is not only just about athletes but those they are attempting to stand up for.