Letter: America is not yet ‘one nation under God’

One nation under God — the greatest country on Earth.

 

This is a beautiful sentiment, but it is only a cliche used by those who attempt to silence dissent.

Unless (and until) all can truly have “justice for all” can we enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then these words are cliches — and empty to many of us.

This country was set up by “whites” and for “whites,” and this will not change for the better, at least not in my lifetime.

If some of us protest, we are accused of being un-American, disrespectful and lacking loyalty. I applaud the NFL players standing up (or rather kneeling) to show their disgust with the apparent open war declared by some of our law enforcement. Some in positions of power use their power to deny benefits and retaliate against those who dare complain.

Since moving to Amarillo in 2000, my family and I have been “victims.” And this is not just my conclusion, but the conclusion of those who attempted to help.

I am a veteran of two wars, I have earned the right to reside in this country.

The rights of others to not enjoy or watch NFL games or tune them out in their business is their right. And I believe with my years of military service, I have contributed to them enjoying this right.

Kneeling as a sign of protest is the most respectful way of protest. A flag or an anthem must not become a means of silencing those who wish America to truly become a nation under God, where all can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — without retaliation and prejudice.

Ray Velasquez

Amarillo

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