WE MUST CHANGE FOR PROGRESS
Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter
African American males are told at an early age to dress up in their Sunday best, do not interrupt a speaker, walk straight, do not tell a lie, obey and respect their elders, do not make fun of people that are less fortunate, respect women, respect the police or people of authority, and to get a college education. African American men have had to do all of these things and are still not being accepted.
Somebody forgot to tell the current President Elect. This is what privilege encourages, mis-behavior , disrespect, rudeness, and dishonesty. This man encourages xenophobia, misogyny and bigotry. This is what racism looks like and sounds like. He has doubled down on his promises surrounding himself with individuals from the new cool political term, The Alt Right in his cabnet.This is the code words for Ku Klux Klan, Neo Nazi, White Supremest, and White Nationalist groups. Apparently, this is what the United States of America and minorities will be dealing with the next four years.
Eight years ago President Barack Obama stood outside of The White House on a chilly day the third week of January in Washington D.C. stating “YES WE CAN”. Eight years ago there was a struggling middle class, a class that was disappearing right before our very eyes, a class that was ignored by the American political system and eight years ago there was a cavernous racial divide with massive job disparities. Our new president tried to heal those wounds with little or no support from either party. This compassionate president created that bond with the people that YES, worked together as one. There was a comforting warm good feeling all over the country when this man entered 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. THAT HAS VANISHED.
If the United States would truthfully face their troubling history there would be less strife and conflict but it seems that America loves to fight, even loves it’s history when they are incorrect.
President Obama became our first official Black president but we all know that is not true. Our nation’s first president was a Black man (John Henson) when the country was in transition from New York to Washington with stops in Burlington, New Jersey and Philadelphia Pennsylvania. We have had six more Black Presidents but don’t tell anybody that secret. The last Black president was Dwight D. Eisenhower. This is the kind of history African Americans should be proud of, but America would not allow it because then the government would have to treat Black people as human.
DONALD J. TRUMP
The United States has taken a very dangerous step backwards. America responded by electing Donald J. Trump, who does not have a day of political service, a man who has fanned the flames of racism, misogyny, and bigotry, a man who does not know the truth even if it smacked him in the face. This great nation has moved back to 1968 some have even have suggested 1957, when America did not have the so called problems of the modern era.
America needs to look into the mirror and ask itself what do we want for this great nation Mr. Trump wants “TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”, which are code words for making America white again. Minorities had made too much progress for BOBBA AND BOBBETT, and they felt left out. They struck back with anger and vengeance. Bobba and Bobbett experienced what the working class African Americans felt since 1940 and wanted change in Washington.
This was a knee jerk reaction to our Black leader Barack Obama’s eight year political reign. He could have done everything right and middle America still would have voted for THE DONALD.
America reverted back to its old racist self. They love Black culture but they can’t stand Black people. That was the clear message in the election of 2016. HOW DOES THIS WORK?
If you don’t believe, look at this: There are two new television shows with smart people as characters “BIG BANG THEORY”, and “SCORPION” . What Black people are not smart? Black people are not geeks? Maybe NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox need to travel south to a (HBCU) Historically Black Colleges and Universities and interview the graduates from these established schools. Check out the commercials everyday, James Brown, Hip Hop, Disco, R&B, and jazz fill the television screens every half hour. Americans are glued to the tube for the Black stars of Empire and Scandal neither of these shows are flattering towards African Americans. Question, how many positive roles are on national television with STRONG African American men? Who cares when you are making money off of stereotypes.
JUST WIN BABY- This racial attitude permeates the sports world too. As long as these young Black athletes win for their owner, their city, their country, and fans, its o.k, but if they speak out, become political, or start losing games they are shipped out the door. African Americans have to be supermen on the ice, field, diamond, or court while white players can be average.
Does Tim Tebow, the University of Florida quarterback ring a bell. This man has not played a single inning of baseball in 25 years yet his number 15 baseball jersey became the number one seller in the United States this summer. When the Cleveland Browns drafted quarterback Johnny Manziel, his number 2 jersey became the number one seller in America, The only trouble was that the Texas A& M Aggie player had not played a down of football in the National Football League.
At the same time Americans burned Black basketball star, LeBron James jerseys in two cities-Miami and Cleveland, burned Kevin Durant jerseys in Oklahoma City and American Patriots carrying Confederate Flags burned San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick jerseys all over the country. This past summer Miami Heat fans repeated their actions burning their only superstar player Dwyane Wade jersey. Queston, when was the last time sports fans burned a white players jersey, ANSWER – NEVER. That is America’s underwear showing their racism AGAIN
The GREATEST of all times Muhammad Ali- was stripped of his World Championship Boxing title in 1971 because he refused to defend his country on religious grounds. This is the first attack on Islam. Ali was the spokesmen for many African American men. Ali had to be silenced.
Mahumoud Abdul Rauf-Chris Johnson of the Denver Nuggets was Kaepernick before there was a number seven. Raul converted to the Islamic Faith in 1996 and refused to stand for the Star Spangled Banner because he felt the song disrespected Black people. The Nuggest released him that same year. Rauf was a good player that came off the bench and scored points.
Colin Kaepernick is the most recent victim of America’s scorn as we return to 1968 faster than a speeding bullet. Mr. Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers wanted to bring forth issues that African Americans deal with on a daily basis by kneeling during the National Anthem. He got that attention but he also received scorn from middle America.
Tommie Smith and John Carlos- These men struck a blow for Civil Rights in the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City with fist raised on the winners podium. The Black gloves and bare feet were symbols of American oppression and they made the world notice. America took vengeance again by ignoring these two champions. Making them persona non-gratis for 15 years. This was the reward for winning the gold and bronze medals.
Even teams were getting involved in the Civil Rights Movement. The Phoenix Suns fought for the MLK holiday in their home state of Arizona. This team also made a statement against their states strong anti-immigration bill by wearing Los Suns uniforms on the Cinco De Mayo holiday. The Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and Portland Trailblazers joined them. The Suns have not been in the playoff since.
Donald J. Trump spoke on November 29 and stated that he would have severely punished all of the athletes above. He also stated that Americans that burned the flag should have their citizenship revoked or be in jail for a year . This is striking at the heart of the First Amendment and the erosion of free speech. This could be the first blow to Civil Rights.
Mr. Trump ran a campaign like Richard Nixon, like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush using every wedge issue available, taxes, defense, race, immigration, and law and order.
Donald J. Trump ran against my humanity and many other disabled Americans humanity. In fact he ran against world humanity and won, but what did you expect from the Republican Party.
GO SAFE AMERICA, GO SAFE.
END OF PART I
PART II-CHANGING THE RULES OF THE GAME
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