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Most of the black people I know have an opinion about everything Colin Kaepernick protest and now he is being blackballed. It all began because of what began on August 26, 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat down during the national slave anthem (National Anthem) before the 3rd preseason game of the upcoming 2016 NFL season. Afterwards he made a bold statement:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. 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.”
Not since the great Muhammad Ali’s who refused to serve in the Vietnam War has any one made a conscious decision by an athlete taking such a direct stance highlighting the injustices of black people; just like Ali, the reaction to Kaepernick’s stance has been met with passionate responses, often times divided by the color line. White people, of course, they are incensed!
I will proudly say, I am very proud of the man because he risked everything for what he believes and uses his money to backup that belief. Since his protest to a take a knee, he has donated millions to charity toward racial issues. Most of you would not give a homeless man a cup of coffee. However, it has caused many of the million dollar slaves, past and present, to have a mostly negative opinion on the matter – some shameless, I might add!
Best of all, Kaepernick’s protest made the conversation about “racial/police brutality” front-page for the large part of the NFL season, a feat never done before in its history. This is a good thing and most should support the issue of injustice. He made his decision without counsel of any of these people and was brave enough to stand by it. I remember what saw with Muhammad Ali; they stripped him of the championship title, did not allow him to box, and hurt his family. See what they do! End the end history proved that he was correct.
So the owners have black balled Colin. I see your post shared on all over social media. Is that the limit of your support? If that is so – all you are doing is talking loud and saying nothing! I can remember people, black people, did the same in Ali’s case; whisper amongst themselves and did nothing. Or I remember that black people dared not mention the name Malcolm X – let alone be in the same place with him.
If you are appalled by this, then show your power by boycotting the NFL until Kaepernick gets signed to a team or at least given a fair chance. This means to not watch any games, no social media comments about your favorite team before/during/after the games, don’t attend the stadiums, and don’t buy any merchandise which represents the league or your favorite team.
We also understand the purpose of Colin Kaepernick’s protest is FAR more important than any of the games you will ever watch. Simply put, if things stay the same for the way America — where “all men are created equal” — treats people of color, then your loved ones, friends, and children will eventually be affected as well.
Finally, all of us must remember that the NFL never wanted black people to play the game. The Colin Kaepernick situation really shines a light on how much the NFL really cares about the 90% of its Black athletes and you! So if you are not contributing to the problem – shut up! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…
As stunning as this sounds, fresh evidence arrives every day of the government treating the man elected to lead it as someone talking mostly to himself. This man calls his untruths truthful exuberance or alternative facts! I will use a word white folk use – flabbergasted! In your relationships with anyone a lie is usually a deal breaker. It is now to the point, remarkably, the extent to which his senior officials act as if Trump were not the chief executive. Everyday a new lies is told and sometimes several at a time. Never has a president been so regularly ignored or contradicted by his own officials. HE LIES!
Federal officials aren’t the only ones. Police chiefs distanced themselves from Trump’s public call for rougher treatment of criminal suspects but the White House said the president was joking. Even the Boy Scouts have complained about him saying is an apology for Trump’s odd, politically charged remarks to the group. After Trump claimed in an interview that the Boy Scouts chief had called to declare it “the greatest speech ever made to them,” the Scouts organization disclaimed any such call.
But the phenomenon has grown more pronounced as Trump keeps struggling to govern amid special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Also, an extremely low new rating – the lowest in history – 36%! But somehow he sees everything as great and claims the admistration is working like a well oiled machine – NOT!
Trump keeps casting doubt on Russia’s culpability for cyber attacks on the 2016 election campaign. His own national security officials, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, said last month they have no doubts.
Part of the disconnect flows from Trump’s inattention to, and weak grasp of, complex policy issues. With the multiple firing, all of them were the “best people”. Those people may even include his new chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. Kelly. Ten days after Trump installed Scaramucci with the rare status of reporting directly to the president, Kelly fired him Monday in his own first day on the job.
Let me suggest that you pay no attention to the nonsense that comes out of his mouth. Rather, look at the destructive things that are being done that’s not talked about. Let me use one of his favorite words – so far his presidency is a disaster! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…
The man who fooled white folk into believing that he was the greatest of all times and could do anything; come to find it was another “lies. The first six months of Trump’s presidency have been a monumental failure. Apart from the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is the only significant achievement he has accomplished; if you want to call that an accomplishment! This week the collapse of Trump and the GOP’s effort to repeal Obamacare is the capstone to one of the most bizarre and disorderly chapters in the history of the American presidency.
If you consider they have been campaigning and pledging to end this law for 8 years, taken over sixty votes to repeal it and not do it. But more to the point, it looks like amateur night in his administration! Frankly, I have lost count on the number of people that have left, resigned, or quit their jobs in this administration. With the ouster of Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus, and with the addition of General Kelly – they are trying to reset. Look the man has not gotten more than a 40% approval rating!
The troubles of the White House, of course, flow from the notoriously undisciplined no nothing President. His following President Obama is like Clearance Thomas following Thurgood Marshall – a disgrace! They cried for eight years that Obama was taking the country in the wrong directing – away from white supremacy. Where is this fool taking the country? To hell!
Let me remind you that this guy is under investigation along with about a dozen of his staff and cronies! Then there are the children in the way. Also, he is the laziest president to date. Somebody needs to either remove or take control over Trump’s Twitter account, which is a huge distraction to governance.
Let me quote from his new Communications Director “the fish stinks from the head down”, who has already revealed that he will be worse than worthless, a blabbermouth and an attention-seeking wrecker in a White House. Trump, too, over the past two years has revealed his colors; he is a disaster! The terrifying chaos he has already engendered in six months strongly suggests that he will not even serve out his term. He is already talking about pardoning himself! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…
It has always been a mystery to me that black people cannot see or at least do nothing about so many of our past leaders being killed. The question still remains decades after 400 years anyone who seeks to gain a nominal political independence, is murdered? ‘How long shall they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look?’ This question was memorably put forward by the iconic Bob Marley so many years ago, but our prophets continue to be killed. It makes you question who our leaders of today are or just sellouts.
One by one, our most steadfast leaders have been eliminated, to the point where Africa is hard-pressed to point out more than three people who are advancing the continental agenda for economic freedom. Almost every single leader who has stood up for Africa’s or black right to economic self-determination has been eliminated – either physically or politically.
Malcolm X died young because of what he believed was the rightful place of the black person in the United States of America – ‘the land of the free’. Fortunately, while these icons may have been physically and/or politically eliminated, their ideas live on. It seems that there is an unwritten rule whether dead or in prison is the end result. All have said something or took some kind of leadership to advance the struggle of black people.
Malcolm X famously said, “if violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her.” Malcolm X was born in poverty in a land that is regarded as the land of the free. Malcolm X grew up in a violent environment.
Nonetheless, he dared to speak truth like no other in his day! Malcolm spoke to me with the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will. Nut white America saw him as dangerous and thus on February 21, 1965 Malcolm X was shot 16 times by suspected FBI agents while going to address a meeting on African unity.
Some of the people who are now most vocal in their praise of our dead African heroes include many who in the past criticized some of their actions and speeches most savagely while they were still alive. For example, Lumumba and Sankara were taken away from Africa through the connivance of Africans working with outside forces. These men are not alone; they killed Dr. King and Medger along with many others recorder or not.
The reason for the killings of these icons is the same reason why that white supremacy demands it. Is that why you are silent! And that is my thought provoking perspective…
John Henrik Clarke was one of the most brilliant, profound, and empowering educators of our time. He was born January 1, 1915 in Union Springs, Alabama and died July 16, 1998 in New York City.
His mother was a washerwoman who did laundry for $3 a week and his father was a sharecropper. As a youngster Clark caddied for Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley “long before they became Generals or President,” Clarke would later recount in describing his upbringing in rural Alabama.
Ms. Harris his third grade teacher convinced him that one day I would be a writer but before he became a writer he became a voracious reader inspired by Richard Wright’s Black Boy.a vertern who enlisted in the army and earned the rank of Master Sergeant. After mustering out, Clarke moved to Harlem and committed himself to a lifelong pursuit of factual knowledge about the history of his people and creative application of that knowledge. Over the years, Clarke became both a major historian and a man of letters.
His literary accomplishments were very significant but he was best known as a historian. He wrote over two hundred short stories with “The Boy Who Painted Christ Black” is his best known. Clarke edited numerous literary and historical anthologies including American Negro Short Stories (1966), an anthology which included nineteenth century writing from writers such as Paul Laurence Dunbar and Charles Waddell Chestnut, and continued up through the early sixties with writers such as LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) and William Melvin Kelley. This is one of the classic collections of Black fiction.
Reflective of his commitment to his adopted home, Clarke also edited Harlem, A Community in Transition and Harlem, U.S.A. Never one to shy away from the difficult or the controversial, Clarke edited anthologies on Malcolm X and a major collection of essays decrying William Styron’s “portrait” of Nat Turner as a conflicted individual who had a love/hate platonic and sexually-fantasized relationship with Whites. In both cases, Clarke’s work was in defense of the dignity and pride of his beloved Black community rather than an attack on Whites.
What is significant is that Clarke did the necessary and tedious organizing work to bring these volumes into existence and thereby offer an alternative outlook from the dominant mainstream views on Malcolm X and Nat Turner, both of whom were often characterized as militant hate mongers. Clarke understood the necessity for us to affirm our belief in and respect for radical leaders such as Malcolm X and Nat Turner. It is interesting to note that Clarke’s work was never simply focused on investigating history as the past, he also was proactively involved with history in the making.
As a historian Clarke also edited a book on Marcus Garvey and edited Africa, Lost and Found (with Richard Moore and Keith Baird) and African People at the Crossroads, two seminal historical works widely used in History and African American Studies disciplines on college and university campuses. Through the United Nations he published monographs on Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois. As an activist-historian he produced the monograph Christopher Columbus and the African Holocaust. His most recently published book was Who Betrayed the African Revolution?
In the form of edited books, monographs, major essays and book introductions, John Henrik Clarke produced well over forty major historical and literary documents. Rarely, if ever, has one man delivered so much quality and inspiring literature. Moreover, John Henrik Clarke was also an inquisitive student who became a master teacher.
During his early years in Harlem, Clarke made the most of the rare opportunities to be mentored by many of the great 20th century Black historians and bibliophile. Clarke studied under and learned from men such as Arthur Schomburg, William Leo Hansberry, John G. Jackson, Paul Robeson, Willis Huggins and Charles Seiffert, all of whom, sometimes quietly behind the scenes and other times publicly in the national and international spotlight, were significant movers and shakers, theoreticians and shapers of Black intellectual and social life in the 20th century.
From the sixties on, John Henrik Clarke stepped up and delivered the full weight of his own intellectual brilliance and social commitment to the ongoing struggle for Black liberation and development. Clarke became a stalwart member and hard worker in (and sometimes co-founder of) organizations such as The Harlem Writers Guild, Presence Africaine, African Heritage Studies Association, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, the National Council of Black Studies and the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations.
Formally, Clarke lectured and held professorships at universities worldwide. His longer and most influential tenures were at the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell in Ithaca, New York, and in African and Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York City. He received honorary degrees from numerous institutions and served as consultant and advisor to African and Caribbean heads of state. In 1997 he was the subject of a major documentary directed by the noted filmmaker Saint Claire Bourne and underwritten by the Hollywood star Westley Snipes.
John Henrik Clarke is in many ways exemplary of the American ethos of the self-made man. Indicative of this characteristic is the fact that Clarke changed his given name of John Henry Clark to reflect his aspirations. In an obituary he penned for himself shortly before his death, John Henrik Clarke noted “little black Alabama boys were not fully licensed to imagine themselves as conduits of social and political change. …they called me ‘bubba’ and because I had the mind to do so, I decided to add the ‘e’ to the family name ‘Clark’ and change the spelling of ‘Henry’ to ‘Henrik,’ after the Scandinavian rebel playwright, Henrik Ibsen.
I like his spunk and the social issues he addressed in ‘A Doll’s House.’ …My daddy wanted me to be a farmer; feel the smoothness of Alabama clay and become one of the first blacks in my town to own land. But, I was worried about my history being caked with that southern clay and I subscribed to a different kind of teaching and learning in my bones and in my spirit.”
Body and soul, John Henrik Clarke was a true champion of Black People. He bequeathed us a magnificent legacy of accomplishment and inspiration borne out of the earnest commitment of one irrepressible young man to make a difference in the daily and historical lives of his people.
Viva, John Henrik Clarke!
Resource: Black College Online
I am sure most people, like myself, have wondered how can “so few people control so many people.” People of color are the majority of people on the planet. I am sickened that whatever “they” tell up most believe – when in fact all of it is a lie. They created God, heaven, and hell to make you follow their deceitful ways.
Nobody really knows how long the earth has existed or how long people have been on it. However, they say Billions of years but they have convinced us that it all began about 2000 years ago with the advent of religion, which are all white lies! I remember back in the day, my poor old Grandma would walk around singing hymns and telling my God is good as many do today, all the while she did not have a pot nor a window but she believed their God would save her. Not only did she believe so strongly that she would give her last dime in the name of God to the church.
I have asked, if God was so good then why would he allow murder, wars and have create the people Malcolm referred to as devils? Let’s be clear, somebody had to create religion and this word God, which was used then and now to enslave people. This concept is the world’s great deception! Ask yourself, who was that and the answer is white people or the people of the devil? And that’s my thought provoking perspective…