Over the last century or so America’s national pastimes, major sports have come to be floor-to- ceiling mirrors which reflect a rigged US society. An oppressive White male “establishment” which works overtime, endlessly to maintain an illegitimate stranglehold on control and power.
In the NFL we see this power struggle materialize from the top down. The owners look like Trump’s aristocratic redneck roundtable, void of Black Americans, who are 75% of the league workforce but only roughly 15% of the head coaches across the league. At the bottom the ball boys are the white coach’s kids, who–20 years from now will be 32 year-old boy-genius head coaches. The White coaches constitute a good ol boy network and one where Black men aren’t welcomed with open arms. While the Golden Boy Alpha male Quarterback position is a cultural battlefield where White coaches, fans, sportswriters and owners are struggling to maintain their fake, artificial, man-made monopoly on the spot. The tightening of the ass by the WASP elitist owners who–just as their country club comrade Donald Trump seeks to make America White again–want to make the game of pro- football White again, keep the Negroes in their place, seen but never heard. The cheerleaders are still vastly White, because the White fan base prefers blonds with thickened lips, tanned skin and inflated butts who’ve got rhythm n’ soul because imitation is the highest form of flattery.
Welcome to Trump’s America
Out of this male soap-opera comes Colin Kaepernick, with his 1970 giant blown-out afro. This man had the brains, heart, mind and testicles to not stand in false praise of a symbol which has justified slavery, American Apartheid, Japanese Internment camps, Indian Reservations and now today the most patriotic Trumpsters. Young Mr. Kaepernick refused to kiss the White man’s ass. Forget symbolism, this isn’t about respect and patriotism, this is about forcing Black folks to “stick-to” a false narrative which never existed anywhere but in John Wayne and Archie Bunker’s little minds. It’s insane that White men would expect, let alone “demand” a Black person kneel before or salute Ol’ Glory. It’s as ludicrous as demanding slaves to thank the captains of slave ships for the free ride.
Here let me quote Black Republican icon Frederick Douglass who said ;
“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.”
Now, based upon Kaepernick’s unpatriotic arrogance, ungratefulness–alas his uppityness–the illegitemate President held-up in the White House, Donald Trump has signaled to his fellow wealthy NFL aristocrats “thumbs-down” on Colin Kaepernick’s career in the NFL, so he now doesn’t have one. Interestingly, or maybe not, men who beat women, drive as high as a kite, shoot off guns, kill folks (like Trump house negros Ray Lewis did) but somehow the owners find a place for them on an NFL plantation.
Kaepernick’s predictable situation is as simple as Black and White .
Trump’s emboldened America yearns to tell Black folks when, where and what to say and do. We’ve been stabbed in the back, and now they have the audacity to tell us how loud to scream. Ain’t that a bitch? White man please! This isn’t 1837 or 1955, this is the 21st century. And I’m here to tell you there are many more Colin Kaepernick’s hanging on the pigskin vein where history and fate will pick them off sooner or later. If Kaep is denied, blackballed or branded an “uppity nigger,” I do believe ebony gladiators will line-up to protest his deliberate exclusion.
To paraphrase Black Power advocate Stokely Carmichael “all the scared niggers in America are dead.“ We are on the verge of a new era of unafraid Black folks who’ll not go back to the back door. We’s free and we’s never gonna be human property again. Over our dead bodies will our children relive 1925. Never again will people of melanin skin be told to not look White folks in the eye, shop, stay and eat at the better establishments, live, work or play where we choose and have the economic means do so.
Over our dead bodies.
I’m praying Black ballers develop-a-set of balls and step up like real men and make it clear to the NFL ownership–if no team signs him–no Black player suits up for any preseason games. This type of punishment and message sending will not be tolerated.
They can’t fire you all.
Maurice Smith, head of the NFLPA and I are LinkedIn, I’m gonna send him and the renowned Dr. Harry Edwards a version of this particular piece of my little mind and ask they consider, if not endorse my thought. Kaep cannot be allowed to swing, to be cast as strange fruit and be used as an example of what happens to a Black person when they say and do as they damn well please. Saluting Ol’ Glory isn’t mandated by God.
The treatment Kaepernick is receiving from the team (plantation) owners has somewhat the same feel, flavor, texture, taste and smell as yesteryears plantation – intimidating, menacing, tyrannical in nature. As with Ali in 65, when he said, “ain’t no Vietcong called me nigger, I ain’t got no fight with them people.” His Baaad Maaan title was stripped away by angry White men, his chance to make a living, remain Heavyweight Champion of the world voided, and today, the NFL cartel is doing the same to Colin, a man who has a legitimate chance to make a living while leading a team to the mountain top, he’s been one game away already!
As Spike Lee said about Colin’s treatment – it’s fishy as hell, and is predictable and historical. First the White racist and naysayers, the NFL’s “Good Ol’ Boy” network altered, deterred and derailed the careers of countless Black signal callers throughout the modern era, from Marlin Briscoe, James Harris, Warren Moon and Tony Dungy to countless others who were “turned ‘round and away.” And now they come for Kaepernick.
But if this time, with the gridiron God’s willing, we, the ebony sports-fans, wordsmiths, talking-heads, players and coaches say, “no, not today motherfucker, not today!”
I’d like to lay this uncomplicated proposition on the owner’s roundtable table; Colin Kaepernick doesn’t get signed to a NFL team. If there’s no gridiron justice, there’ll be no pre-season games. Black players, and hopefully many White players simply won’t play, they’ll boycott the games. The NFL can bring in White players from BYU and Liberty U. Estimate the impact and turmoil of that goal line stand? These 4 pre-season “exhibitions” are the pure money maker, pad the platinum pockets games for the deplorable racist, sexist and elitist robber baron owners, like the Jets owner Woody Johnson, who’s also been knighted by Lord Trump as Ambassador to Ireland – There’s no way this revenue stream should be allowed to flow based upon Black gladiators blood, sweat n’ tears, not at a time like this when there’s a great possibility the Confederated-minded folks in the Whitest House are also White Russian.
Show them what “Black Power” is and shut-down this godless nation’s money-making church for a few August Sundays.
If we, as the Black sports nation just go on about our business, continue-to buy NFL tickets, pillows jerseys, caps, waffle-makers, condoms and video games, thus condoning the actions of oppressive White men. Let’s understand history will paint n’ taint us as merely “useful idiots” easily distracted by a 21st-century version-of circus and bread. Shallow, small-minded fans and players who didn’t have the stones, heart and brains to utilize the Black Power we have to help mode and shape a game we dominate.
Sports mirror society, let’s give folks something to look at and model. They’re running the league the way they want Trump to run the nation.
I understand to many God is mulah, and muoo-lah is God,” therefore there’s nothing more important than that fat-ass paycheck, but at some point, we as a people have to make a gallant, unflinching, lionhearted stand. It’s better to die fighting for overdue respect and well-deserved dignity than to live high on da’ hog, but bent-over, greased, pimped and exploited by an all Caucasian cartel which believes you’re little more than semi-illiterate Mandingo Bucks representing their cotton plantation in the 1857 Macon County Fair games.
Seize the time ebony gladiators.