'Trust one another, and build together'

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The Tuskegee Airmen in WWII are the gold standard for promoting change in our country. They were skilled, courageous and honorable. But even beyond that, they loved their country and put their country above themselves; real heroes. And these Afro-American airmen had a lot more issues to deal with in the 1940s than any current citizens.

Those Tuskegee patriots, the "Red Tails", are in stark contrast to the NFL protesters who now shun and disrespect our national anthem, our flag and our country. Yes, I'm aware of their intentions, which may well be honorable, but the facts, the courts and reality do not support their premise.

In any case, if they feel compelled to make a statement, let them do it on their own dime and off duty; not on the fans ticket or in the owners' venues. Few people are ever allowed to demonstrate at their workplace.

More to the point, the players should be on their knees thanking God for a nation that has blessed them so generously and gives everyone an opportunity to pursue their own happiness. Then having achieved their goals, go and help others. Blaming and accusing others through their own racial lens is destructive and divisive.

Let us begin to trust one another, build together and read together Psalm 133:1 - "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"

Don Hilbig

Beloit

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