Wednesday, August 31, 2016
White America has to squash dissent
Its not about the flag the national anthem or anything Colin said. Its is simply White America has to squash dissent. If Colin feels free to express himself it may embolden others. That is what they don't want. There are players who probably have much more radical views then Colin who don't feel comfortable speaking out in fear of losing their Job or endorsements or just media backlash. Lets be real we may be able to say what we want but we can't control how people respond or the course of action people may take.
FEAR silences most people from speaking out because they know even though they may make a lot of money and may have celebrity status White America can take that all away from them because they don't OWN the teams they play for they are OWNED by the teams they play for. They are just highly paid employees especially in football where the contracts aren't guaranteed and any player can be let go at a moments notice. In light of this fact what Colin said and did means so much more. He is risking his lively hood. Regardless if people agree with him or not his courage has to be commended.
Many African Americans have no affinity for the Flag. Under the flag we've faced the worse conditions humanly possible. We were Robbed of our Culture our Country our Language our Names our Identity and brought here Prisoners of War to be slaves and treated no better then cattle. What allegiances should African Americans have to the flag? Even after Slavery we had to deal with RACISM and DISCRIMINATION. Jim Crow Laws and lynching. Terrorism by the KKK sanctioned by the Government if not sanctioned definitely ignored. God forbid we ask for just a little equality man that will get your house firebombed or your church burned down. We've never really been free here.
Martin Luther King Jr. only wanted to be friends with white people and live peace and they killed his ass. That alone should tell us all we need to know right there. They finally decided to let us vote and what do we do? We vote for the same party that was fighting to keep us slaves and now we are slaves to that party.. Its true. Let Black Man say he isn't voting Democrat and watch him catch hell from other Blacks. As if one slave master is better then another. We still ain't free. We can't walk down the streets in peace without fear of the Police. We live in constant threat of DEATH hanging over our heads. That aint free.
We thought that if we could vote that eventually we would vote in politicians that would work in our best interest to bring about real CHANGE. We haven't seen it yet. Nothing substantial has changed since the early 1900s. I know because I've studied Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois and Marcus Garvey. The same conditions those men fought to change are the same conditions we are plagued with today. Still have poor housing, we still have poor education, we still have economic inequality, we still face mass incarceration for minor offenses, we still face racism and discrimination, we still face lack of opportunity. We are trapped in a System of Racism/White Supremacy that we still very much so don't understand. And until we unite as a people as the Great Marcus Garvey wanted and solve our own problems we will never be free...
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 5:10 AM