Category: Black, Race + American

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“Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Washington Post

We should admire those who risk personal gain in the service of promoting the values of their country. Both athletes are in fine company of others who have shown their patriotism in unconventional ways. In 1989, when a federal law prohibiting flag desecration went into effect, Vietnam Veterans burned the American flag as a protest to a law curbing the First Amendment. Their argument was that they fought for the freedoms in the Constitution, not a piece of cloth, and to curtail those freedoms was an insult to their sacrifice. Ironically, the original purpose of flag desecration laws between 1897 and 1932 wasn’t to prevent political dissent, but to prevent the use of flag imagery for political campaigns and in advertising.

Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his

During the Olympics in Rio a couple weeks ago, Army Reserve second lieutenant Sam Kendricks was sprinting intently in the middle of his pole vaulting attempt when he heard the national anthem playing. He immediately dropped his pole and stood at attention, a spontaneous expression of heartfelt patriotism that elicited more praise than his eventual bronze medal.

Clint Eastwood on Donald Trump’s racism: “just fucking get over it”

Geez Clint. I don’t give a damn about censorship. Dick pics + curse words are right up my alley. But racism is not censorship. It’s calling out disenfranchising and disrespecting fellow human beings. Back in ‘your day,’ you would’ve stood by while someone spit on the darker-skinned woman right beside you.

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The Real Reason White People Say ‘All Lives Matter’

“No one is questioning whether white lives matter or whether police lives matter. But the question of whether Black lives really matter is an open question in this country. Our institutions act like Black lives do not matter. The police act like Black lives do not matter when they shoot unarmed Black people with their arms in the air and when Blacks are shot at two and a half times the rate of whites, even when whites are armed. The judicial system acts like Black lives don’t matter when Blacks are given more severe sentences than whites who commit the same crimes and are turned into chattel in a for-profit prison-industrial complex. “

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No one is saying ROYGBIV or White lives don’t matter. The point is #BLACKLIVESMATTER too. Just add “too” at the end. It shuts them down.