There are databases that will provide much information about a community and it’s occupants. Today’s racial climate has exposed some locales that many didn’t realize existed. We know know the companies and locations of hatred — down to their twitter handle and home address.
Racists Live at 1600 Penn. Ave.
To witness a sitting president defend, retract and re-defend hate is beyond unconscionable. But, it’s not surprising, since we have seen the evidence of 45's position for decades.
We have had decades of people speaking out against racism on all fronts, with various legislative and legal victories along the way. But, we continue to see those victories eroded in words and actions — particularly, over the last decade.
Athletes & entertainers have often been the nonpartisan sectors to unite people in the public discourse. But, thanks to people like Paul Robeson, Nina Simone, Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith & John Carlos & the Dixie Chicks took a stand for what they believed in over the years. Most were blackballed into obscurity or watched their celebrity tank after politicians and others condemned them. Ali, on the other hand, became the G.O.A.T.. Recently, Beyoncé paid homage to the Black Panthers in her record-setting Super Bowl halftime show, but those afros and protest stances got her some flack. But, she didn’t stand down and still runs the world. And, rumor has it that her husband, Jay-Z, has turned down a lucrative offer to perform.
Colin Kaepernick stood up by taking a knee and we see what that has cost him, professionally. Little did he (or many justice warriors) know that their stand (or knee) would reverberate across the globe.
Kaepernick’s decision to kneel for justice caused team owners to (co)overtly punish him for his socially conscious uppityness. Now, the owners are being challenged by someone who clearly lacks moral justice and human consciousness. We may learn if some owners harbor views like their peer Donald Sterling. They will be challenged to take inventory of their own morality and racial sensitivity when being challenged to punish their team players who have a heart and mind. This is the real test, and they are already scoring better than the American president. NASCAR leaders seems to think it’s patriotic to deny their drivers a voice. These are the NASCAR sponsors — where do they stand and do you support them?
Players should take a cue from The G.O.A.T. and stand up for what is right. They (nor anyone) should be threatened into silence. Slavery is illegal — you are not owned in any workplace — unless you are a slave. Professional team owners, sports fans, college players (where a form of a slave mentality does exist, but Cardale Jones rejected that dynamic), civilians — of GOOD conscious & moral righteousness — should always stand up against racism, bigotry, wrong and evil. Who will stand or sit (or take a knee) for justice amongst us?
45's lame attempt cloak his blatant racism around the flag is clearly visible. He is wrapping himself in the very robes of language that was previously worn by the worst defenders of the KKK. Neither he, his defenders or the vile racists of past and present can claim the flag as their own. Nor can they claim faith as their compass. Most don’t even know about the full text of the song they are “defending” — and it’s not defensible.
Both faith and flag demand equity for all. They are founded and demonstrated by love for your fellow person. If you support anything less, then you are failing their basic edicts. Don’t be deceived, this is not about patriotism, but about control and power. 45's antics before and since January 20th are unbecoming the office of president and any other public or private position. He avoided fighting in war, yet wants to take us there through sophomoric threats and name-calling. He has debased, demoralized and embarrassed. this nation — from coast to coast — and on the world stage.
Real courage is how one shows up on AND off your respective field. Does a paycheck buy your silence? #TakingAKnee against bigotry isn’t being unpatriotic, it’s honoring the very rights that the framers of the constitution and the victors of the civil war & the civil rights movement fought and died for. The confederacy wanted to keep racism & slavery as the law of the land — they lost. Why is this president and a minority fraction of the nation trying to fight this losing battle?
It is clear, based upon the responses of about 33% of the populations response to him, that we still have a faction of our country that is beholden to the days when racism was the accepted protocol & practice of the land. Those days, where that evil majority doctrine of slave and brutality was law, are long gone. Some try to keep it alive with unsustainable acts of violence and threats. And some will stand, no matter the cost.
Many will rue the day where evil, driven by bigotry, brings some people joy instead of pain and sorrow. It won’t last. It won’t win. If you want to be a G.O.A.T., you will resist anything less than liberty and justice for all. Some will stand up, while some sit in the lap of bigoted luxury — even subsidizing racism, like Washington football team owner, Dan Snyder and others. Others will stand up (or kneel) for justice without fear. What will you do? How do you want to be remembered in history?