Rocket Man, Crooked Hillary, Lyin' Ted, Lil Marco...these are the names that Donald Trump has chosen for his opponents. In addition to his name calling, Trump has threatened to put a ban on travel, closing borders, and ending DACA. Not only has Trump expressed his lack of empathy for migrants, he has also shown complete disregard for those individuals that have been served an injustice after being shot and killed at hands of law enforcement officials; such as his pardon of Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
With all of that said, for some strange reason Donald Trump still expects Americans to stand at attention, place our right hand over our heart, and pledge allegiance to the American Flag; a pledge that was clearly not written for blacks or other minorities. NFL player Kolin Kapernick has shown his stance on the pledge by kneeling during the anthem, and other players have joined him respectfully. More recently, Steph Curry has refused to visit the White House, and after his refusal, Trump "dis-invites" him; typical Trump. In case you haven't followed this story, LeBron James had a few words of his own, and both men gave their opinions respectfully (follow the links below for more on this story). I have to admit, I have not said the pledge in YEARS, maybe a decade or more. I always felt that it was not written for people of color and this has proven to be true over the last few years. So now I have to wonder what makes Trump and any other republican think that athletes or anyone else in this country should stand up for something that doesn't stand up for them?
There are many reasons for blacks and minorities to dismiss saluting the American flag, or serving in the military and going to combat for a country that does not value the hard work and service given by non-white Americans. Recent events in regards to race relations has intensified over the past 5 years in response to black killings at the hands of police officers. The problem we are having now is the lack of empathy and disrespect displayed by Trump and his eagerness to chime in with his egotistical, pompous remarks. We all know this man has deadly Twitter fingers and none of his tweets are meant for the betterment of society; yet Americans are expected to show gratitude and put their lives on the line in order to protect the lives of those that refuse to protect us. The military has not treated it's black or minority veterans in the same manner as they have it's white service members.
"About half of African-American soldiers in 2009 were choosing, or being chosen for, service support jobs, such as cooks or maintenance workers. Only 24% served in combat arms, which is traditionally associated with greater advancement through the ranks"
~Gregg Zoroya, USA Today, Feb. 17, 2017
My question is why should blacks and minorities in this country bend over backwards when we are constantly being disrespected and mistreated in this country to the highest level. It's like we're going backwards in time and making America something it never was; in the words of Donald Trump, "great again." All of this shows how far we have come as a country and that's not far at all. We can live in the nicest suburbs, drive the most elaborate cars, and dine at the finest restaurant. We can even hang our plaques of degrees on the wall in our corner office, but one thing that won't change is the fact that we are blacks and minorities that were never really welcomed in this country, and will always be seen as such. I gave up chasing the American dream once Obama took office because I realized then that if this country cannot respect an elected president, what makes me think they would respect me? We may have come a long way in our advancement, but don't look to white America to give blacks and minorities the recognition we deserve, no matter how hard we work and how intelligent we are. What a shame!!
Stay true to yourselves and as always, follow the links below for more insight. Stay Blessed!!!