Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them. —Johannes Brahms
As a result of America’s efforts to realize the ideals of equality and freedom, blacks in America are now the freest and richest black people anywhere on the face of the earth including all of the nations that are ruled by blacks. —David Horowitz
There is no question that liberals do an impressive job of expressing concern for blacks. But do the intentions expressed in their words match the actual consequences of their deeds? —Thomas Sowell
Since neither black animosity nor the Left’s falsehood of ‘racial tensions’ is based on the actual behavior of the vast majority of white Americans, nothing white America could do will affect either many blacks’ perceptions or the leftist libel. —Dennis Prager
Old Glory (the Betsy Ross flag with the 13 stars of the original colonies) was emblazoned on the back of Nike’s latest sneaker. This shoe has been pulled off the shelves because Colin Kaepernick believes the very founding flag of the greatest country on earth is racist.
Nike said in statement that “it pulled the shoe based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday.” Both Nike and Kaepernick succeeded in offending our veterans and the patriotic Americans who love their country.
There were immediate financial repercussions. Nike was planning a “major” investment in Goodyear, Arizona. Governor Ducey said that he has ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw financial incentives it had been providing Nike to locate there.
Nike is worth $15.9 billion thanks to the very nation targeted as racist by a former third-rate 49ers quarterback who receives huge sums to endorse their products. Kaepernick is biracial, and was given up for adoption when his white unmarried mother was 18 years old. He was adopted and raised by well-to-do white parents, has made millions working for the NFL, and uses “victimology for profit.” Kaepernick is a professional victim like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who have made millions by keeping their own people in slavery. Jesse Jackson uses “shakedown” tactics to extract money from corporations. Their goal is political capital. Fixing the problems of black communities is not their goal. They need bad neighborhoods, escalating crime, and high unemployment so they can use these as political and economic clubs to extract votes and money.
Taking a Knee
The former quarterback began the movement of taking a knee during the national anthem at NFL stadiums, a direct slap in the face of every veteran and American who loves this country and stands respectfully for the playing of its national anthem. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. Really? So, it’s not only today’s flag, but all of America’s flags that this man hates.
Kaepernick justifiably felt the ire of patriotic Americans with his wearing of a pro-Castro t-shirt while being interviewed by a reporter. While practicing for the 49ers, he wore socks that depicted American police as pigs.
Today Kaepernick is covered with copious tattoos and hasn’t been signed by any other NFL team since he left the 49ers in 2016. Yet he’s filled his coffers with funds from advertisements for Nike and is worth $20 million. He has donated over a million to various groups, most who promote radical causes for black Americans. Kaepernick reportedly raised $20,000 for a group named after convicted cop killer and former Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur, who broke out of jail and fled to Cuba. The charity is a collective of radical Black women affiliated with Black Lives Matter.
Kaepernick, Nike and China
Daniel Greenfield says, “Treat Nike Like a Foreign Propaganda Operation.” Nike decided to celebrate Independence Day by stating that Colin Kaepernick believes our original US flag was offensive. Yet, Nike joined a propaganda social media crackdown orchestrated by Communist Red China to suppress a Christian democracy protest in Hong Kong. Greenfield wrote, “When Nike takes the PRC side on democracy protests, but then treats protests against the American flag and the anthem as something it needs to support and subsidize, that’s a foreign propaganda operation.”
Nike products are made in Asian sweatshops, some with child labor, thus their pandering to the Chi Coms while attacking America. Nike has chosen to take the side of the Red Chinese over the freedom represented by Old Glory and our national anthem.
In 2017, the International Labor Rights Forum reported that Nike has turned its back on its commitment to the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), which effectively blocks labor rights experts from independently monitoring Nike’s supplier factories. Nike was given a score of 36 out of 100 in Fashion Revolution’s 2017 Fashion Transparency Index, indicating that the company does not make enough information public about its environmental and social practices.
Robert Woodson, founder of the Woodson Center commented that today we have more blacks killing each other every year than we had in the 70 years of lynching’s, and critical problems like this are ignored when blacks complain about some minor issue.
Mr. Woodson said he believes that’s exactly what is going on with Colin Kaepernick and Nike over the Betsy Ross flag, and that he is denigrating a symbol that is very important to many African Americans.
He explained that black Americans fought in every war in this country and they fought bravely because they fought for the promise that was America, and for Kaepernick to denigrate the flag is disrespectful to the sacrifices made by the Tuskegee Airmen, by the Triple Nickel Paratroopers, the 92nd combat unit, and all our black American soldiers. He said Kaepernick is doing a tremendous disservice to our country.
Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and Tuskegee Airman, Harry Stewart, turned 95 on Independence Day, 2019. In his July 3rd WSJ article, he said, “America isn’t perfect, but it was and still is worth fighting for.” He is the subject of a new biography, “Soaring to Glory: A Tuskegee Airman’s Firsthand Account of World War II.”
Interestingly enough, Betsy’s flag wasn’t considered racist when it was the backdrop for President Obama’s second inauguration.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the draft of the Declaration of Independence and it was signed by 56 men. The last sentence states, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
Some of them gave all and lost their fortunes and even their lives, but many others went on to build this nation and create a country that people the world over have flocked to for freedom.
John Adams said, “I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory.”
After the Revolution, 13 of the signers went on to become governors, and 18 served in their state legislatures. Sixteen became state and federal judges. Seven became members of the United States House of Representatives, and six became United States Senators. James Wilson and Samuel Chase became Justices of the United States Supreme Court.
Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Elbridge Gerry each became Vice President, and John Adams and Thomas Jefferson became President. The sons of signers John Adams and Benjamin Harrison also became Presidents.
Five signers played major roles in the establishment of colleges and universities: Benjamin Franklin and the University of Pennsylvania; Thomas Jefferson and the University of Virginia; Benjamin Rush and Dickinson College; Lewis Morris and New York University; and George Walton and the University of Georgia.
These European men fought for freedom and began this great nation. We have never been perfect, and of course we never will be, but we truly are the one nation in the world that offered glorious opportunities for anyone willing to expend their energies.
When Benjamin Franklin exited the Constitutional Convention, he was asked what kind of government they had given us. His answer is well known. He said, “A Republic if you can keep it.”
Mr. Kaepernick exhibits hatred for our country, her flag, her origins and her European founders. Yet, he doesn’t seem to hate the money he’s made in this country.
It’s a pity Kaepernick hasn’t studied his own ancestral history. Had he, he would have concluded that many black slaves were sold into slavery by black Chieftains who won tribal wars and willingly wanted to eliminate their enemies. Yes, there were black racists.
Did free black Americans own slaves? Yes, they did; some free black people in America bought and sold other black people and did so since 1654, and continued to do so right through the Civil War. But why did black masters own black slaves?
The great African-American historian, John Hope Franklin, states this clearly: “The majority of Negro owners of slaves had some personal interest in their property.” But, he admits, “There were instances, however, in which free Negroes had a real economic interest in the institution of slavery and held slaves in order to improve their economic status.”
And for a time, free black people could even “own” the services of white indentured servants in Virginia. Free blacks owned slaves in Boston by 1724 and in Connecticut by 1783; by 1790, 48 black people in Maryland owned 143 slaves. One particularly notorious black Maryland farmer named Nathanial Butler “regularly purchased and sold Negroes for the Southern trade,” Halliburton wrote.
Of course, many free blacks held slaves as family members to protect them, but Halliburton stated, “it would be a serious mistake to automatically assume that free blacks owned their spouse or children only for benevolent purposes.”
Life is not fair, and it is never equal to everyone…there are gains and losses, there are joys and sorrows, there is evil and there is good, there is light and there is darkness, there is knowledge of God and rebellion against him. Nothing is, dare I say it, “Black and White,” there are many shades of gray.
And as Napoleon stated long ago, “History is written by the winners.”
We must search for the truth, the real truth, not the rewritten politically correct truth revised by those who won because often times, the winners are not those who should be revered.
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