It’s not a name that is familiar to every household.
But it should be.
Connor is a football player at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. His team decided to make a stand for racial issues by hiding in the locker room during the National Anthem before their game.
Connor Brewer stood alone on the sidelines to participate in the giving of honor to our nation’s heritage and those who have paid for the right to protest with their very lives.
I don’t know how many of my readers remember their college days and how hard it was to be the one kid in the group who stood up to injustice. The one who had a different opinion than the professor. The one who decided to speak up and go against the peer group. My girls in university right now tell me that prevailing thought on campus is a forgone conclusion in most cases when it comes to social issues.
How students, in the United States of America, surrounded by buildings, athletic fields, libraries, and meal plans– the likes of which entire COUNTRIES are without, can chose to not honor the sacrifice of those who have paid for their freedom to participate in gaining such an education, is beyond me. I know, I know, there are many sides to how this “protest” is seen and I humbly ask ahead of time that those who see this as a valiant effort to raise awareness about black issues believe me when I say I have taken time to speak to my dear friends in the black community who have explained to me their side of the story. I respect them and love them.
But I just had to share with all of you this story about the one young man who stood alone. On the sidelines. Honoring our National Anthem and the 1.5 million who have sacrificed their lives for his ability to attend university. Honoring the service of countless veterans and even those in harm’s way at the same moment his teammates were in the locker room. Connor Brewer refused to be interviewed out of respect for his team and I can only imagine the tensions as his decision garners attention from national media.
Connor, thank you.
On behalf of grateful Americans everywhere, thank you. You, young man, are a Patriot.