Putting your money where your mouth is

I wish first to preface: I love sports, I am a minority and I am not a veteran.

Recently, NFL player Chris Long pledged his entire 2017 salary to benefit educational inequality. Chris Long has put his "full wallet" where his mouth is, instead of pennies where his "full mouth" is. While so many pro athletes are quick to jump on that bandwagon protesting U.S. social injustices, where are the copycats willing to sacrifice relative meaningful amounts of their U.S. supplied "capitalism comforts" as Mr. Long has? Yes, the U.S. has given the freedom to complain about the brand of butter you are dipping your lobster in, however, if you are passionate enough to use that "big stage" to bring attention to a cause, then you should be passionate enough to use that "big wallet" to help remedy that cause.

Once again, I am a minority, but I find it so ironic that thus far, the NFL player willing to put a real dent in their personal pocketbook, happens to be of the race viewed by many as being exempt from social injustices and atrocities.

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Once again, I am not a veteran, but the U.S. is great and free because so many have actually had to fight, or freely gave of themselves to want to fight, resulting in much being taken from them. So many wish they could stand as a small token of appreciation for our flag and song, but physically, mentally, or emotionally can't. Yet here we are fighting a battle over whether to stand, sit, take a knee, take two knees, or invent some other position that only displays our spoiled selfishness over something that should be automatic - a small gesture of graciousness over what God and our country has given us.

Geno Alvino

Santa Maria

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