Over the weekend, debates were all over social media in regards to various NFL players’ decision to kneel on one knee during the National Anthem. Nashville singer Meghan Linsey also chose to kneel on one knee shortly after performing the National Anthem prior to the Titans game. Linsey began as one half of the country duo Steel Magnolia and debuted as a solo artist in 2013.
Linsey released her statement today in regards to the reactions many had towards her decision:
I want to say, I love my country and I have so much respect for those who died for our right to stand, kneel, or be absent during the anthem yesterday. The heart of our country is our Constitution, and we are all walking, talking, breathing symbols of that Constitution.
Yesterday upon finishing the anthem, I kneeled in solidarity with the players and for those who experience racism and police brutality on a daily basis. I love the American Flag, but a symbol is nothing without the people it represents, so yesterday, I kneeled for those who are mistreated, beaten down and disregarded.
It was never a choice for me as to whether or not I would show support for many of my fans and friends who have a heightened level of anxiety and fear because of the hateful, polarizing rhetoric from the President perpetuating a dangerous climate.
I can never be anything but me, the way God made me, and what I do is not just my art, it’s my calling. I will never normalize hate, whether that angers people or not. I knew there would be some backlash from people who don’t understand, but there has also been such an overwhelming amount of support from those who applauded and knelt with me, and I’m so grateful for that.
I pray that change is sparked and that our great country can find unity despite our differences.
Love and Light-