Don’t Kneel on Freedom

I never believed in the “you are a product of your environment” theory. I am the son of two immigrants who came to this country with nothing. Moreover, I was the kid who was surrounded by gang violence and drugs while growing up.

I am the African American man born and raised in Brooklyn, NY who decided to become a cop, and do something about it. I am the cop, who is still hated by those from his community for the choice that he made.

Life Is About Choices

Growing up in New York City, a big city with people from all different races, ethnic backgrounds, and walks of life,…allowed me to learn the most important lesson: It doesn’t matter where you are from or what your skin color is. Life is all about the choices that we make. As a result, I am the product of my choices.

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(Photo courtesy Lt. Andy Long Amory Police Department)

This country, the United States of America, gives us the privilege of having a lot of choice in life … also known as freedom.

Some people choose to use that freedom of choice; to desecrate that which gave them those freedom of choices in the first place. The freedom that many gave their lives for.

My choice … is to fully appreciate and take full advantage of our freedoms to continue to be successful.

What Others Live Without

I’ve traveled to many countries. Therefore, I’ve seen what we have versus what others live without. I wish more people were aware of this.


“I am the product of my choices.” – Jay Stalien

Don’t Kneel on Freedom

Maybe they would realize that you can’t make everything about race. Perhaps they would realize that you shouldn’t kneel for that which represents hope and opportunity. Maybe they would realize that the very thing they are protesting, is actively and blatantly being practiced in many other less privileged countries.

Maybe they would realize that, this country… and freedom, isn’t as bad as they think after all.

Jay Stalien grew up in the “hood” in Brooklyn, NY. He watched out-of-control black-on-black crime from childhood. As an adult he wondered who would help bring the violence to an end, so he stepped up to become a police officer. He began his career with the Baltimore Police Department before a lateral move to West Palm Beach, Florida, where he works as a police officer.