You want to take a knee? You do it!

You want to take a knee when the national anthem plays?

You do it.

Your symbolic action is working. And it needs to be followed by much more meaningful action.

I could make a dry, legal argument (no offense to lawyers) that kneeling is constitutional. But that misses the point.

The more important reason why kneeling is appropriate and necessary: The people who are taking a knee are silently, but effectively, delivering a powerful message that requires our attention.

And, oh yes, it’s getting the job done.

Remember, there remain large pockets of the country where nasty, angry messages are sent to anyone who refuses to stand when the national anthem plays. (The basic theme is “get out of my country.” Whether the message is written or said that politely depends on the person delivering it.) The kneelers — and they’re mostly public figures, especially athletes — are getting under the skin of the people who respond with such hate.

Might that be because those who hate know that those who kneel are right?

They’re most definitely right. The decades upon decades of systemic inequality — economic, social and political — remain in place; no single piece of legislation can erase the problem. Rather, it will take forward-thinking people — inside and outside government — to identify policies and programs that slowly, but steadily, erode racism.

The Chinese proverb that a journey of many miles starts with a single step applies in this instance. And each time an athlete or someone else takes a knee, they’re reminding every American, of every race, ethnicity, creed, sexual orientation and more, that much more work needs to be done.

You don’t like the message? Sorry, but too bad. It’s the right one.

I say baloney: CDC claims new coronavirus guidance was posted in error

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some explaining to do. Earlier today, it reported coronavirus could spread through the air. Soon thereafter, it took retracted that guidance.

According to the Boston Globe,

The warning was posted on a CDC web page as recently as Monday morning, prompting cheers from experts who believed it was high time for the agency to acknowledge that the virus can spread through aerosols, small particles that can linger longer in the air than larger droplets.

But by midday the CDC had returned to an earlier version of the web page.

A draft was inadvertently posted, the CDC claimed.

Baloney.

Strong arm tactics from the White House was behind this. Prove me wrong.

Canadians, Here are a few more things you can take (over) from the U.S.

Dear Canada,

In 1992, you took “our” baseball championship. (Hush, don’t tell anyone I celebrated because my team won.)

In 1993, we, uh, you won it again. (That strike in 1994? It was planned so that the Expos wouldn’t make it three straight championships for Canada.)

In 2010, you won “our” gold medal in hockey. Sidney Crosby, what were you thinking?

In 2019, you took “our” NBA championship.

Then last night, you Schitt all over us by winning seven of “our” Emmy Awards.

The time has come for us to consider your take over of rather important items.

So, here we go…

  1. Our health care system
  2. The White House (I don’t care what you think of your prime minister, he’s a remarkable step up from the occupant of the White House)
  3. PBS; our public broadcaster is quite good, but the CBC is better
  4. Border crossings; your folks typically are most hospitable than ours
  5. The Major League Baseball commissioner’s office
  6. The CFL shuts down the NFL

You in?