The Vice President of the United States Mike Pence decided to leave a Colts game because he feels that players should not disrespect the troops by kneeling during the national anthem.
The act of taking a knee made prevalent by Colin Kaepernick during a pre-season game in San Francisco almost two years ago has morphed from a statement on police brutality with regards to the injustice inflicted on Black people to a commentary on patriotism. Watching this happen in front of our faces is like watching a magic trick you know the secret to. This tactic is so deliberate and we allowed it to happen.
Once again Black life is disregarded. In the eyes of America, it is clear that dealing with anything having to do with Black people is the last thing to be considered at any moment during the history of this country. It’s our own fault. We have been lulled to sleep with a dream, an American dream that goes unrealized for a large segment of the population. Every life taken or affected by rogue law enforcement is a notch on the belt of American racism as it continues to fester in the hearts of the dominant class.
Black males aged 15-34 were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement officers last year, according to data collected for The Counted, an effort by the Guardian to record every such death. They were also killed at four times the rate of young white men.
The previous statistic was taken from a Huffington Post article focused on figures gathered last year. That statistic is not surprising and does not cause any pause because Black people are zombies now. You will be hard-pressed to find a large number of individuals who will boycott the NFL. The act of turning off the television or even changing the station to directly affect the economics of a league that does not support the people who make up large percentages their employees seem foreign or even a waste of time. Instead, we want someone else to take a stand. So as we wait we watch the movement get hijacked just like any other movement that had to deal with the freedom of Black people.
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