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Philadelphia Eagles players, owner Jeffrey Lurie, center right, Eagles’ President Don Smolenski, second from left, and a Philadelphia police officer, third from left, stand for the national anthem before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sept. 24, in Philadelphia. Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins raises his fist next to Lurie. Photos: AP/Wide World photos
(L) New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman kneels in protest during the National Anthem. (R) Buffalo Bills players take a knee during the National Anthem in protest.
Protecting rights or profits? NFL owners on bended knee
Generally speaking, sports are seen as apolitical. Certainly, professional athletes and team owners have their own individual views and embrace political ideologies that don’t always align, but both parties can usually find a common goal in their desire to compete and win for their organizations, cities and fans.
Since being elected president, it’s become almost a weekly occurrence that Donald Trump says something that is attention grabbing that gets people talking. Mr. Trump has a knack—and a penchant—for getting under people’s skin with his abrasive rhetoric that has driven the wedge in the relationship between Black and White people in America, even deeper.
Since taking a knee during the National Anthem more than a year ago, Colin Kaepernick has consistently been on the radar of Donald Trump, and even more so now that athletes in the NFL, and in other sports leagues, have begun taking a knee in support of the movement started by Mr. Kaepernick.
At a September reelection rally for Alabama Senator Luther Strange, Mr. Trump took another shot at Mr. Kaepernick, and others, in front of an all-White audience that seemed to hang on his every word.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son-of-a-bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired!’ ” Mr. Trump said to rousing applause. “You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s gonna say, ‘That guy disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it. They don’t know it. They’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know it. They’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in the country.”
Buffalo Bills fullback Mike Tolbert leaves the field after working out prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sept. 24, in Orchard Park, N.Y.
The very next day, in a series of tweets, Mr. Trump attacked Stephen Curry, star of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors basketball team. It is customary, after a team wins a championship, to visit the White House and deliver a personalized jersey to the sitting president. However, Mr. Curry has publicly stated on several occasions that because he does not agree with the politics of Donald Trump, causing the president to rescind the invitation via Twitter—the very same day that as a team, the Warriors were planning to discuss whether or not they wanted to make the trip.
Both incidents created an uproar within the sports world—as well as the White House recently calling for the firing of Black female ESPN sports personality Jemele Hill for tweets calling Mr. Trump a White supremacist.
But the president’s Alabama tirade seemed to ignite special, widespread criticism, a call for solidarity with players under the hashtag #TakeTheKnee. Despite outward shows of togetherness, the question must be asked: What are we showing solidarity for? NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, in a statement regarding Mr. Trump’s comments, called them “divisive.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers, coached by Mike Tomlin, a Black man, stayed in the locker room while the National Anthem was being sung prior to their game against the Chicago Bears. Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, locked arms with his players on the sidelines on Sunday as a show of support. The irony here was 28 of the NFL’s 32 owners, all donated money to the Trump campaign, including Mr. Snyder who gave $1 million initially, and another $100,000 after Mr. Trump won.
DeMaurice Smith, the Black executive director of the NFL Players Union, said, “This union will never back down when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of our players as citizens, as well as their safety as men who compete in a game that exposes them to great risks.”
Colin Kaepernick donates custom-made suits outside a New York City parole office ?? Via usatoday.com: The start of the NFL season is about three months away and free agent Colin Kaepernick is still on the market. While he waits to see if he’ll get signed, Kaepernick is keeping up with his commitment to help empower communities in need. About two days ago, Kaepernick stopped outside of a New York City parole office and donated two large boxes of his custom made suits. The donation benefits 100 Suits, an organization that provides free business attire to men and women who are in the job search process. The Instagram account for 100 Suits posted that the quarterback was at parole office in Queens. That’s love!!!! When you have Superbowl quarter back Colin Kaepernick and HOT 97 host Nessa personally drop off over two huge uhaul boxes of custom made suits at our office @ Queens parole. 100 Suits hopes to reduce recidivism rates by helping people find more gainful employment. By being able to wear appropriate suits to their interviews, these men and women are better equipped to achieve gainful employment, which will ultimately help them to transition into mainstream society and live more productive lives. Through this program, we also provide free hair cuts for men and wig referrals for women, where needed. Because it’s never easy to find a suit that fits perfectly off the rack, 100 Suits also provides an in-house tailor that will make any alterations needed for clients. Remind me again why Kaepernick doesn’t have an NFL contract yet?
Usually when the American government is receiving criticism, some of its white citizens will immediately interject that if you don’t like the country you should leave or “go back”. I’ve always had a problem with that notion. After Colin Kaepernick did not stand during the national anthem due to the injustices people face under the flag, a lot of American citizens repeated the “If you don’t like it, leave” rhetoric. Why is this such a parroted slogan among white Americans?
First of all, telling black people who were historically enslaved and taken to America to now “go back” is insensitive, especially when a lot of us don’t know exactly which country we came from. Instead of actually addressing that there is an issue in America, the suffering people have to leave the country? Why is there more stress to get us to leave instead of more stress to see that racism still exists? Historically, black people built America’s wealth, and are owed trillions of dollars for unpaid labor. Please gofundme my reparations so I can “go back”, and include traveling funds if it bothers you so much.
Those who tell others to leave America if they dislike injustice, are saying that from a privileged position or from a perspective that is oblivious to issues as deep as racism. What kind of government ignores their citizens being oppressed? “Leaving the country” doesn’t aid actual change, it just sweeps issues under the rug. It also implies that America has no flaws whatsoever, therefore why fix what isn’t broken? America brags about being all about freedom, liberty, and equal rights for all, however disrespects the people living in the country. Why is freedom of speech only valid to disrespect people of color, and not addressing the injustices they face? Kind of hypocritical….
If you love the country, you would want it to improve. If you love the country you care enough to see that there is something wrong with how people are being treated, and you want to work to change it. If you want to silence people and ignore America’s issues, then you don’t love the country. That shows that you would rather watch America fall in her ignorance than move from your position of privilege and comfort.
A lot of the time, people who criticize how they are being governed aren’t “complaining” about one minor incident. It’s usually a compilation of problems that have been going on for years and have not changed yet. When your country is built off of the oppression of people and those same people face injustice to this day, there is plenty to “complain” about.
I’ve seen and heard people say “Oh well you should be grateful for your American rights.” There’s that notion from White America about being “grateful” again. It has always been a tactic used against black athletes and celebrities alike quite often. It says that it is best to ignore what black people are going through because we have so much to be “grateful for”, like the basic rights we had to die to get. But if you notice, the black celebrities and athletes are also mistreated. They are called racial slurs and are mocked daily. It was so ironic that people were slandering Colin Kaepernick, then proceeded to tell him about his American rights. Then does he not have a right to protest? Why is standing up an issue? American citizens have a right to protest. American citizens have a right to criticize their government. American citizens have the right to go as far as overthrowing the government if it becomes tyrannical. Why is it when black people exercise the right to protest, freedom of speech, and criticizing government, it no longer applies? Maybe because we aren’t considered citizens.
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(Source: WashingtonPost)Denver Broncos lineman Brandon Marshall’s decision to kneel in protest while the national anthem played ahead of the team’s 21-20 victory over the Panthers on Thursday has cost him an endorsement. On Friday, the Air Academy Federal Credit Union said it cut ties with the athlete over his action.
“Although we have enjoyed Brandon Marshall as our spokesperson over the past five months, Air Academy Federal Credit Union (AAFCU) has ended our partnership,” Glenn Strebe, AAFCU’s president and CEO wrote on the company’s Facebook page. “AAFCU is a membership-based organization who has proudly served the military community for over 60 years. While we respect Brandon’s right of expression, his actions are not a representation of our organization and membership. We wish Brandon well on his future endeavors.”
Marshall had not commented on AAFCU’s decision as of Friday afternoon but said Thursday night that he expected backlash, despite making clear that his protest was not meant to be a sign of disrespect to the military. [READ FULL STORY]
(Source: FinalCall.com) “Oh say can you see?” Apparently Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers can see very well and refuses to ignore the injustice that permeates American society.
The professional football player refused to stand for the national anthem and has indicated he will not stand because there is too much wrong in the United States, especially the killing of Black people by law enforcement officers.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Mr. Kaepernick told NFL media in an exclusive interview. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
According to NFL.com, the refusal to stand for the national anthem came before the 49ers’ preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi’s Stadium. He also failed to stand at least once at another pre-season game, said NFL.com.
His decision brought out the Twitter trolls with racist rants and inevitable denunciations of the quarterback as a “nigger.” It brought a lot of media coverage and pressure but the onetime Super Bowl quarterback doesn’t plan to retreat.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he told NFL.com. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
His public statements are part of an awakening after he learned more about American injustice and inequality.
But Mr. Kaepernick’s words sting Americans who would rather deny any problem exists and they feel especially insulted.
Professional sports and professional football is one of the gods of American society. Sports heroes are imbued with the mantle of, well, heroes, and fans live and die with their adversity. Triumphs are a collective and vicarious joy and defeats are collective and vicarious pain. On the field athletes talk about family, teamwork, love of the organization and caring for one another in what is a cruel and duplicitous business.
Fans watch football to escape reality. To see Black and White together all one color, whatever the team uniform is, brings a superficial feeling that everything is all right—at least on Sundays. [READ MORE]
(Photo Credit: MGN ONline)
On August 30, 2016, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan weighed in on the controversy surrounding NFL player Colin Kaepernick. The official statement was posted on his Facebook page.
To my brother and companion in struggle Colin Kaepernick: I am deeply grateful to Almighty God Allah for the courageous stand that you have taken,” said Minister Farrakhan, the National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. “I stand with you. We in the Nation of Islam stand with you. And I’m asking all right thinking Black people, Brown people, and White people to stand with you to force the change that Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton are talking; but it will never happen until the people are sick and tired of injustice and summon the courage to stand to make a difference.”
Here’s the full statement:
To my brother and companion in struggle Colin Kaepernick: I am deeply grateful to Almighty God Allah for the courageous stand that you have taken.
Courage is one of the great characteristics of great men and women. And at the root of courage is love for the principle that is bigger than our lives, bigger than our nation. And this is what moves great men and women to move a nation forward, by standing against injustice, standing against tyranny and oppression, and standing against the institution of slavery. This nation would not be what it is had there not been men and women who were willing to suffer to bring about meaningful change that moved a people, a nation and a world toward the realization of some eternal principle. The greatest of these principles is the essence of life itself: Freedom, Justice and Equality.
At the root of your courage is love; a love that would allow you to sacrifice yourself, your income, your reputation, to take a stand for those who are unable to stand for themselves. Instead of being disliked and evil spoken of by some of our own, those who are sent into positions of strength will never use that strength to bring about real change. This is a world of sport and play and the Blacks and the Browns and the poor are those who are the greatest in strength and power in sports, in music, and those fields the American people greatly admire. Our athletes and artists have the means to make a stand to force change. I pray that instead of condemning you that our brothers and sisters and all those who love justice, will commend you for your stand and join your stand in whatever way they can. But until we stand, the people that oppress others will continue to oppress. The people that terrorize others will continue to terrorize others who, in their cowardice and weakness or desire to benefit from the status quo, stand by the wayside and allow others to stand, when if they summoned courage they would stand with you as well.
Your stand has unearthed things about Francis Scott Key and the writing of the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner, that would make any person of right thinking and right mind cringe at what was in the mind of the man that wrote the words of the Star-Spangled Banner.
I stand with you. We in the Nation of Islam stand with you. And I’m asking all right thinking Black people, Brown people, and White people to stand with you to force the change that Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton are talking; but it will never happen until the people are sick and tired of injustice and summon the courage to stand to make a difference.
This is our time while we are alive to make a difference and pass on to a succeeding generation a better world than we inherited. We need thousands more like Colin Kaepernick.
Best wishes for your continued success.
Minister Louis Farrakhan
August 30, 2016
Francis Scott Key (1779–1843) is best known as the author of the Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States, which concludes with the lyric, “O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.” But the Key family derived their entire sustenance from the two dozen Africans who worked without compensation on the Key plantation in Maryland. As a result of their captives’ suffering, the Keys were able to finance higher education for their own children, including law school for Francis. Francis Scott Key bought his first human being in about 1800, and by 1820 he had six, by 1840 he had eight.
The American Colonization Society was formed in 1816 to facilitate a swift return to Africa for Black people who had been unchained. All the historical heavyweights signed on to the colonization effort: Henry Clay and James Madison were early leaders, while Gen. Marie Joseph Paul Lafayette, James Monroe, and Francis Scott Key supported the concept. Most Blacks in leadership rejected the “back to Africa” concept, but for whites it soon became the most popular and final solution to their Black “problem.”
As a lawyer Key was a pure mercenary. He represented several slaves seeking their freedom in court, as well as several white slaveholders seeking the return of runaways. He used his position as U.S. Attorney to suppress abolitionists. In 1833, Key caused a grand jury to indict the editor and the printer of an anti-slavery publication. In 1836, Key indicted a man for having a trunk full of anti-slavery pamphlets. He called it “seditious libel” that encouraged slave rebellion. Key, in his final address to the jury, said:
“Are you willing, gentlemen, to abandon your country, to permit it to be taken from you, and occupied by the abolitionist, according to whose taste it is to associate and amalgamate with the negro? Or, gentlemen, on the other hand, are there laws in this community to defend you from the immediate abolitionist, who would open upon you the floodgates of such extensive wickedness and mischief?”
The question is not why Colin Kaepernick sat down–the question is Why did any Blacks stand up?
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