She Stands Tall and Brave, But All Alone Like “A Lioness Among the Sheep!”
There’s just something about attending a sporting event that seems so patriotic. The stands filled with supporting and loving fans, the teamwork displayed on the field, and most definitely the way the whole crowd stands in silence and honor when our national anthem is played. Oh wait, that doesn’t always happen anymore.
In fact, in recent months and weeks, it is actually becoming a rarity. Instead, the masses have seemed to cave to the idea that taking a knee, and not giving respect to our country at a sporting event, is somehow going to change how people look at race and inequality.
And nowhere was this more evident than during the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup that took place on Saturday. At the beginning of one game in particular, between the North Carolina Courage and the Portland Thorns FC, only one player stood for the anthem.
Enter Samantha Murphy, the goalkeeper.
Murphy plays for the Courage, which, if you haven’t heard of the team, is in the top division of the women’s professional sport. However, it seems that their name doesn’t actually inspire much of that attribute, based on Saturday’s pre-game fanfare.
Every player both on the field and along the sidelines knelt for the anthem, even though they had been given a moment of silence just before that. Every player that is except for Murphy. She alone stood in a row of kneeling women, essentially surrendering their mind to the calls of the liberal left for a cause that can’t be solved by such an act.
What one social media user noted after images of Murphy’s courage and her teammates’ lack thereof says it all.
She Stands Tall and Brave, But All Alone
Now, her refusal to bow to the hordes of those calling for unpatriotic action doesn’t mean that she is racist or even that she doesn’t support Black Lives Matter. In fact, she, as well as the rest of the team, can be seen wearing a BLM t-shirt just before the game. In addition, during that moment of silence I mentioned earlier, she did kneel, which, in my opinion, seems more appropriate.
But apparently, no one else thought of using their support for such a cause in a way that didn’t throw dirt on our nation’s flag and anthem.
A joint statement by both teams playing in that game said, “We took a knee today to protest racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism against Black people and people of color in America. We love our country and we have taken this opportunity to hold it to a higher standard. It is our duty to demand that the liberties and freedoms this nation was founded upon are extended to everyone.”
I, like Murphy, don’t disagree that this kind of injustice should be fought for. After all, as the teams’ statement alludes to, our founding fathers built this nation on the premise of ‘liberty and justice for all.’ And I think most Americans would agree as well.
When we look around the nation, we don’t really see anyone saying that injustice or inequality is ok. No one is saying that the death of George Floyd shouldn’t have caused us to rethink our police systems or our priorities.
But we are trying to fix it in all the wrong ways. Looting, rioting, destroying public and private property, and kneeling while our national anthem is sung isn’t how we fix the issues at hand. It’s not how we are going to heal and become “one nation under God” and “indivisible.” In fact, I’d say it’s only making things worse.
As the NWSL’s most famous liberal player Megan Rapinoe tweeted about this game, “You love to see it. You love to see these women using their voice, demanding better for America, and for black people and people of color.”
However, it’s hard to see how shaming the American flag is somehow “demanding better for America.” These women aren’t demanding anything. No one is looking at these women and saying, ‘wow, look at their courage and bravery. We have to change something.’
No, they are merely kowtowing to the cancel culture that has taken over as of late and showing what side they are on as if there are even sides to choose.
Thank God, at least one person isn’t afraid to show her courage. A lioness, indeed.