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My View From Harlem - Colin kaepernick, and the National Football “Honky” League..

Think the term “Honky” is outdated? Guess again.

The term dates back to an era of time, when African Americans referred to white people as having a “Whites only” racist hypocrisy of rules and supremacist values.

Is, “winning is everything” really everything??? Does the end really justify the means??? Or just maybe, losing with honor and dignity the greater character values?

With Football pre-season about to begin, many people are weighing in on Colin Kaepernick problem.

However, if it’s a real problem, who's and whose the problem?

Many are calling for a boycott of the National Football “Honky” League, if Colin Kaepernick isn’t signed by pre-season.

And then, there are those who have threatened team owners with protest and boycotts if they sign Colin Kaepernick.

Are they protesting that he may not have had productive seasons, these past two years, “NO”…

The National Football “Honky” League’s teams and associated cities, consistently bring in players and make excuses for them, who have been charged and found guilty of Spousal and child abuse, Drugs, assault battery, Rape and the list goes on and on.

PLAIN AND SIMPLE, THE COLIN KAEPERNICK SAGA IS ABOUT RACE AND HIS RIGHT TO EXCERCIZE HIS 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS. LEAST OF WHICH IS THE 13TH, 14TH AND 15TH AMENDMENTS AS WELL… EQUAL AND SLAVE NO MORE…

Aequalis - Aequalis - Aequalis....

Yeah well, the more things change the more they remain the same..

My question is, has Colin Kaepernick really dishonored this country by kneeling during the National Anthem or just maybe does he brings more dignity and honor, to what this country is truly supposed to stand for?

I further ask, whose national anthem (adopted in 1931) is it???

WHO does this piece represent anyway? Yeah well...

Given my mindset and many fellow African-Americans, we would much rather sing , “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, often referred to as the "Black American National Anthem" by James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) in 1899 and set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson.

Unlike the Star Spangled Banner’s third verse says, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave” … SLAVE???? ,.

“Lift Every Voice and sing” says “EVERY”…. Let me repeat that, “EVERY” – let that sink in..

I also ask, given that “Lift every voice and sing” says “Every”, how many “EVERY’S” would actually stand and sing at sports games, at concerts and other events, if “lift EVERY voice and sing” were added or even substituted for the “Star Spangle Banner”?

Well, we know the answer to that question..

How about this, just for the sake of argument, how about this, play the Star Spangled Banner and let whomever stand, then play ”Lift EVERY voice and sing” and let minorities and those who really believe in “Every” stand.

Well, we also know the answer to that as well…

I’m not going to get into how the National Football “Honky” League, endorses the racist and offensive name of the Washington football team – that’s also part of the problem and for another discussion.

I would be remiss, if I didn’t point out the “Racist” Native American logo caricature of the Cleveland baseball team. I’m sure there would be many protest, if there were a team logo with a “Coon” in black face.

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME.

We are now in the most racist “white” supremacy era since the Confederacy and brought forward about by a Fake President.

I quote what the late Dr. Jack Roosevelt Robinson, with all the rights and privileges therein aka known Jackie Robinson said over 50 years ago;

“A new breed of Republicans has taken over the GOP. It is a new breed which is seeking to sell to Americans a doctrine which is as old as mankind - the doctrine of racial division, the doctrine of racial prejudice, the doctrine of white supremacy.”

Further, to bring home the point made home by Colin Kaepernick and to a racist White Supremacy “Trumplican ”America, I further quote Jackie Robinson:

“There I was, the black grandson of a slave, the son of a black sharecropper, part of a historic occasion, a symbolic hero to my people. The air was sparkling. The sunlight was warm. The band struck up the national anthem. The flag billowed in the wind. It should have been a glorious moment for me as the stirring words of the national anthem poured from the stands. Perhaps, it was, but then again, perhaps, the anthem could be called the theme song for a drama called The Noble Experiment. Today, as I look back on that opening game of my first world series, I must tell you that it was Mr. Rickey's drama and that I was only a principal actor. As I write this twenty years later, I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.”

Yeah well, My Country Tis of thee, but not for me, has had a history of punishment to those, especially of our race who dare make the U.S. Constitution a reality.

I remind everyone of the 1968 Olympics and the Olympians Black Power salute given by African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos during their medal ceremony, at the 1968 Summer Olympics in the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City.

After having won gold and bronze medals respectively in the 200 meter running event, they turned on the podium to face their flags, and to hear the American national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Each athlete raised a black-gloved fist, and kept them raised until the anthem had finished. In addition, Smith, Carlos, and Australian silver medalist Peter Norman all wore human rights badges on their jackets.

In his autobiography, Silent Gesture, Tommie Smith stated that the gesture was not a "Black Power" salute, but a "human rights salute". The event is regarded as one of the most overtly political statements in the history of the modern Olympic Games.

Although Tommie Smith and John Carlos are the most notably remembered, let’s not forget, 400 Meter Run winners Larry James, Lee Evans, Ron Freeman who not only gave the 'Black Power' salute, also wore a Black Panther Beret upon receiving Gold Medals, Mexico City, Mexico, 10-18-1968..

Given this, then we give further credence to the words, Lift EVERY voice and sing.

At my Alma Mater, Howard University when we sing, “Lift EVERY voice and sing, we raise our right clinch fists, just as Tommie Smith and John Carlos and many others during the civil rights era.

LOUIS “SATCHMO” ARMSTRONG.

Many musicians, including the NAACP, criticized Louis Armstrong for playing in front of segregated audiences, and for not taking a strong enough stand in the American Civil Rights Movement.

However, Louis Armstrong’s criticism of President Eisenhower, calling him "two-faced" and "gutless" because of his inaction during the conflict over school desegregation in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957 made not only national, it made world wide news as well..

Louis Armstrong when on to say; “ I said it and I meant it and I won’t take back a thing I’ve said - that's the way feel”

As a protest, Louis Armstrong canceled a planned tour of the Soviet Union on behalf of the State Department saying:

"The way they're treating my people in the South, the government can go to hell"

And, that he could not represent his government abroad when it was in conflict with its own people.

Yeah well, "What a wonderful world this would be" huh Louis..

The FBI kept files on Louis Armstrong for his outspokenness about integration.

The late Thurgood Marshall, one time chief counsel for the NAACP said; instead of going step by step in the civil rights struggle, had we followed Louis Armstrong lead and backed him, we would have pushed the issue of civil rights full force.

There was a popular saying "once in the North the white man didn’t care how close the black man came if he didn’t climb too high, and in the South the white man didn’t care how high the black man climbed if he didn’t come too close.” Well Colin Kaepernick not only climbed high, and more than came close, he got right in your face...

Lastly, for all those so-called African American football players in the National Football "Honky" League, who haven’t supported Colin Kaepernick and just mummer out of ear shot of your Honky owners, Colin Kaepernick courageously steps up to the plate and endorses your civil rights as well..

And so, raising my right clinched fist and singing “Lift every voice and sing”, that’s “MY VIEW FROM HARLEM”…
Posted By: Victorio Loubriel
Saturday, August 5th 2017 at 3:56PM
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