When leaving the library around 2 am, I could see at a distance two students holding fire arms. At first I began looking for the blue light emergency post because I thought I was going to die either from that gun or my Biology test the next day. Then I remembered Texas Christian University opted out of allowing campus carry, so OBVIOUSLY that would stop anyone with a gun from walking around our school.
As I got closer I realized it was the Reserve Officers’ Training Corp guarding the pole where the American Flag was raised. They had been doing this for the 24 hours leading up to the Prisoner of War and Missing In Action ceremony. These students had just as many classes, homework, and studying as I did, but were proudly honoring the flag that so many had fought and died for.
Two days later, another group of TCU students had a very public display with the American flag.
TCU played Iowa State in the first Big 12 college football game of the 2016 season. In the week leading up to the game, an email was sent around to encourage students to band together for a “Silent Demonstration.”
The congregation of students were able to snag prime front row seats of the student section in the Amon G. Carter Stadium. The announcer asked the audience to rise in honor of the National Anthem, but not only did they sit, they brought signs to clarify that they, students attending a $40,000 a year school, were fighting oppression. Even in the 94ºF weather, each student in that section received a free towel to wipe away all the sweat from battling the racial injustice in America.
In case anyone was confused, a student held a sign to show that she was not sorry about her ethnicity, because simply being of color obviously implies she is also oppressed and should be sorry about it. Another said to “rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn” while neglecting to acknowledge the lives being mourned during the national anthem. Even alumnae, like Pamela Clark said those who chose to sit “should stay in the parking lot or the locker room or wherever they find themselves until the anthem has been played… showing respect for our nation by standing while the anthem is played is the least we can do to honor those who have fought and are fighting for the freedom of ALL Americans.” These American lives were not lost because of their race, religion, sexuality, or gender. They died because they were Americans fighting for Americans. They died so these students could have the freedom to sit during the two minutes that dignify their ultimate sacrifice in exchange for their freedom.
#IAintSorry you feel entitled to ignore the bigger picture.