Pledge of Allegiance etiquette as addressed by U.S. Congress with
So when a man like Colin Kaepernick kneels during the pledge of allegiance the whole world watches. But why is this such a big deal when people in that same stadium aren't following the 'etiquette' themselves? From the guy getting food from concessions, to the girl texting, and even the dude who has to take a piss because he's on his 4th beer. So why does it matter when Kaepernick doesn't follow proper "etiquette"? It's because of why he is doing. Standing up for a cause by kneeling. Many Americans across the country think he doesn't have the right to or he should just be happy to have rights. The Rights. These same rights that are denied to too many black people every year, but what's scary is, that it's actually more like everyday. And for any black person growing up in Tulsa this is far too often a theme. The right to remain silent, or be silenced. But with a 7 on his back Marshall Sinclaire is a an artist who wants to bring light these injustices in hopes that his KNEELING will bring about change to a city standing still for far too long. And with the premiere of his new video "Kneeling in Tulsa", he is doing just that.
'Kneeling in Tulsa' has some powerful scenes and the imagery. What made you choose these images?
I didn't want to mince words about where I was on the debate on police brutality in America. With the Kaepernick jersey, you know exactly what I'm about, how I feel, right off the bat. I also thought it was really important to include imagery of the American Flag because too often we're told that if we speak up about injustices, then somehow we're less than patriotic, when in fact it's the exact opposite.
What line was most important to you on the song?
"Clutched purses and pearls, won't somebody come and justify/
Why is this line so important to you? This is the piece that stood out to me the most when I was writing this song. It has a bit of implied sarcasm to it. Growing up, sometimes you see certain things like someone clutching their bag when you walk past or clutch their valuables etc, so that's where that comes from. I also think it's very honest. I wanted to say how I truly felt, unfiltered. Whenever someone that looks like me is murdered, unarmed like Terrance Crutcher, and the shooter walks, that's a state-sanctioned homicide. And it's an unfortunate dark American past time.
Here's Marshall's message about 'Kneeling Tulsa':
Kneeling in Tulsa:
Without further ado here is Marshall Sinclaire's video "Kneeling in Tulsa".
Check out his social media below for more music:
- Editor's Note: I hope this post opens the conversation for solutions. Not internet arguments.
These are real lives. Real families. The list of names has been too long for too long and I hope the list doesn't grow.
- To be silent is to be just as guilty as the one doing the act we have to speak out against injustices not only the ones that affect us but others. To quote Dr. Martin Luther King
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. "
- To the families: Nothing I can say can ever express the strength that you have shown and my deepest condolences go out to you.