As it pertains to the culture and that thereof, we are way too use to the Right-Wing deflecting our causes and objectives to the general public; further obscuring and belittling the very important discourse, giving an unwarranted voice to all the bigots of America to toil in the ruins of a religiously ambitious movement. Enough is enough.
Football season kicked off a few weeks ago, and the Hip Hop community has been one of its biggest oppositions. Since the non-signing of former San Francisco 49er – NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a reputable team after his outward show of disdain for America’s stance on police brutality being quite the contrary, folks like Jay Z, J. Cole and many other’s are speaking out against the organization in light of their apparent reprisal towards Kaepernick, not to mention, their blatant disregard for the purpose of his call to action, the movement has become quite the national headline and hot topic for the antagonists. Kaepernick chose to sit out for the acknowledgement of the National Anthem during the 2016 pre-season, as a sign of solidarity with those who lost their lives to police brutality without so much as a slap on the wrist for the sake of justice.
After the unmet killings of the likes of unarmed blacks: Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, Manuel Loggins Jr., Ronald Madison, Kendra James, Sean Bell, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and the countless of others, Kap had a loud point to demonstrate. And it wasn’t until the third preseason game of last season of him sitting out on the anthem, that it would break to the news.
August, 26, 2016, Colin Kaepernick gained his stripe as activist in the great fight of civil rights in America. Something we thought to have overcome back in the 60s – blacks being gunned down without repercussions, adding to so many other conversations of injustices faced within our community, that train is still going. Colin decided to use his platform in the most appropriate way.
While some will say that racism no longer exists, according to headlines, the country we live in is still very far behind – and clearly confused as to what racism really is.
Quick lesson. Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. It is the very attitude that led to hundreds of years of black enslavement, hatred, and segregation spurred by whites in the so-called Free World. And even after the laws transcending the way Americans are supposed to think, that non-white Americans were just as American as the White House dog, that definition alone confirms the fact that the word racism is way prevalent within America today, even still.
It was and is very common that when a racist was confronted for their racist antics, the retorted rhetoric that racism no longer existed in America would later spew. We can never be too sure if that jabber was a mere form of deflection or clear disorientation.
Another quick lesson. To deflect is to deviate from an intended purpose; or for the sole direction of this conversation, change the subject from the real topic to something other than in order to engage for a particular agenda.
And since we know that the purpose of politics in America have long stopped being about the betterment of a one people – Americans; especially when its very definition is activities within an organization that are aimed at improving someone’s status or position and are typically considered to be devious or divisive, brings me to today’s prime discussion regarding Patriotism.
I don’t claim to be a know-it-all, but I thought Patriotism was being supportive of your country, not a piece of material with the colors red, white and blue on it.
Now that the games have started, Kaepernick’s movement has grown, with more and more players taking a knee during the singing of the National Anthem as sign of unity with the stance against the way this country handles these cases of police brutality, in most instances siding with the trigger-happy, unlawful police; where even in the chance of a video displaying the evident guilt just before a gun going off, a police officer’s word is still more regarded than an innocent black or minority life.
The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
He can’t be more wrong.
Like an epidemic, Kaepernick’s cause is spreading like wildfire from NFL stadiums to all different kinds of arenas, but not without an unwarranted opinion from the country’s POTUS. Discussions surrounding the NFL clearly being more important than all those top level conversations going on in the Oval, Trump has time to refer to those kneeling players as “Sons of Bitches”, calling their extremely inspiring actions to support their dear Kaepernick in not only shedding light on the disgraceful conditions of America’s justice system, but also emphasizing the real reason behind why Kaepernick has not yet been picked up by another NFL team since being released, unpatriotic.
Rather than sitting, Kaepernick thought it more respectful to take a knee as a peaceful protest, which those higher ups have now spun into a distasteful gesture towards the country, the flag, and military personnel; an attempt to smear his name, and all those who take part. Nevermind the anthem already celebrating the very essence of slavery, the expectation of one to have to stand and commemorate that as a black man or woman is crude in itself.
The amount of minorities that have gone off and died for this country too, it’s despicable that we even have to continue this race debate in the first place. But here we are, again.
Silence being a form of betrayal, how do you ask is taking a knee to be considered unpatriotic when the very reason behind doing so is to support those American lives lost innocently with no deference; and now looking at it, for a clear cause. Removing the real reason behind the action doesn’t change the faction.
It would behoove those standing for the anthem, looking down upon all the men and women who have done just the opposite, to check the technique and re-evaluate what the word Patriotism means in the first place, instead of going by Trumps word. Making a stance on the bitter plights that have been endured for years and years is as much patriotic than going off to war. And clearly it is, as Kaepernick is still out of job because of doing so.
Risking his position and paycheck with the best intentions that someone would finally get it, that black lives matter just as much as all lives and should be valued in America. Couldn’t we call that Patriotism in its highest form?