The Boston Tea Party, 1773

TAKE A KNEE

Allow me to take you back 244 years to December 16, 1773 and the vision of three merchant ships moored in Boston Harbor. The bellies of the vessels were laden with cargoes of tea which was the property of the East India Company. A group of demonstrators gathered, probably emboldened by evening nips of an alcohol beverage called “Rattle-Skull,” or other concoction. Some of them disguised themselves in the garb of the Mohawk natives. All of them were perturbed by the Tea Act of May 10, 1773, and they weren’t going to have it. Historical accounts tell us it took about three hours to dump and destroy about 45 tons of tea after trespassing onto the British ships. Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty sent a powerful message to the Crown with this blatant act of defiance.

You see, protest, even illegal, and involving the destruction of the property of another, was an integral part of the birth of a nation and was one of things instrumental in bringing about the American Revolution.

So perhaps you will be more understanding when an “overpaid” professional football player takes a knee for a social cause. At least he’s not wrecking $1,700,000 worth of some damn fine East India Company tea.

Bill Benson