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MY THOUGHTS ON COLIN KAEPERNICK

Sometimes issues arise that I just don’t want to talk about, nor write about, and this is one. The story has grown legs, perhaps even tentacles, plus liberals and conservatives are taking opposing points of view. One thing good about it, though, is that as of this writing, the current president of the United States has not said a word.

I think it’s very disappointing that someone who has lived the American dream, someone who has the potential to be one of this country’s icons, is too stupid to realize that he’s throwing his life away.

Of course, Colin Kaepernick has the free speech right to remain seated during while the national anthem is played before NFL games. But so does everyone else have the right to voice their opinions on Kaepernick’s actions.

As Colin’s employer, the San Francisco 49ers franchise could nip this one in the bud. The head coach and/ or the “higher ups” could have said to Mr. Kaepernick, “Oh yes, you will stand up.” If Colin Kaepernick still refuses to stand up, fines and other disciplinary actions can be taken, including the ultimate disciplinary action, dismissal from the team. Since I haven’t heard of anyone voicing the above, I wonder if I’m the first or the one and only.

My thoughts when I initially learned about Kaepernick’s actions were, how is the United States currently oppressing black people or all people of color, for that matter. Affirmative action programs are still in place which allow blacks to get “bumped up” ahead of whites with respect to employment, promotions, college acceptance, etc. Along that line, Jimmy Carter’s Community Reinvestment Act paved the way for many people to qualify for loans to purchase homes when those same people were not capable of making the house payments. A lot of those folks were black. Furthermore, being able to collect welfare for having a child out of wedlock, a part of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, was directed toward blacks in order to keep them voting Democrat.

Now, a number of us, including myself, feel that the above government programs have actually done more to hurt and denigrate blacks. So, I guess you could agree that the United States of America is oppressing blacks and all people of color. Maybe we should all remain seated when the National Anthem is played.

I don’t think this is what Colin Kaepernick meant when he stated that America was oppressing blacks and other people of color. Since the media and the liberals are going with it, we’ll say that America oppresses blacks and other people of color because of the whites, particularly the conservative white folks who cling to their guns and to their Bibles. Don’t say I’m not flexible!

First of all, I don’t believe that blacks and other people of color are oppressed by the United States of America. The government programs that I highlighted above were put in place to assist blacks in assimilating to the American way of life. (We know those programs have not worked, but try to think like a liberal for a moment, at least.) We also have laws forbidding discrimination in place. I’d say on paper, blacks and other people of color have definite advantages over us typical white folks.

Colin, tell me the ways that America oppresses blacks. The first step in solving a problem is to define the problem, including facts supporting the existence of the problem. So, lay it out there. Simply sitting for the National Anthem is not going to solve what you see as a problem.

While I stand by my statement that the United States of America does not oppress blacks or other people of color, I’m not saying that there is no racism and/or bigotry in individual Americans. That racism/bigotry will never end until Christ returns and sets up his 1000 reign here on earth. Does that mean that we shouldn’t try to do something about it? Of course not! We have to teach our children right from wrong and as Christians, we have to follow Jesus and do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Will we slip up? Absolutely! We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and will continue to do so.

While it has always appeared to me that liberals continue to make a consistent effort to establish “Heaven here on earth,” that will never happen. Thus, in their failures, they will forever continue to blame white people, conservatives, Christians, gun owners, southerners, etc.

Is there hope for any of us? More importantly, is there hope for blacks and other people of color who have been oppressed and continue to be oppressed by liberal policies including those outlined above? Those policies that liberals consider “sacred cows,” and conservatives are not allowed to whisper about, much less take steps to change? Those policies that were sustained during the Obama administration and will be continued should there be a Clinton administration? You think about it and then tell me.

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BEYOND SKIN COLOR? WE SHOULD BE

According to conservativebrief.com, NFL star quarterback, Cam Newton, has found himself in hot water over comments he made against President Obama’s race-baiting agenda, indicating that he is beyond skin color.

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In an interview with GQ, a reporter tried to get the Carolina Panther QB to blame racism for the reason why many fans dislike him on and off the field. Cam, however, refused to take the bait. “It’s not racism. Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion.”

Before Super Bowl 50, Cam made the following comment, “I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to. I don’t want this to be about race, because it’s not. It’s not. Like, we’re beyond that as a nation.”

The article on conservativebrief.com goes on to indicate that the GQ reporter continued to try to press Newton about the fact that some fans dislike him. I don’t know if the reporter meant Panthers’ fans or fans of other teams.

Cam responded, “I’ll let you be the judge. I don’t look at it like that. I look at it like some people have certain beliefs, and I have my own belief, and we can agree to disagree on certain things. But this is what makes sports so amazing, that we can start a discussion around a table, in the newspaper, in the magazines, that will get people’s attention. And that’s what sports does.”

Cam is right, we’re beyond that. This is not the fifties or sixties, we’re living in the last half of the second decade of the twenty-first century.

A lot of folks don’t like Cam and it’s because he’s good and doesn’t play for their team. I don’t like him. On what I consider one of the worst days of my life, a rainy November 26, 2010, I sat in Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and watched Cam Newton bring his college team back from a 21 point deficit to beat Alabama. Subsequently, the Auburn Tigers, on the arm and legs of Cam Newton won the national championship.

Cam is good, probably the best ever, and when you’re good, many people are not going to like you. The liberals don’t get it, though. They’re rooted in the fifties and sixties, and from all indications, it seems as though they want to remain there. When Carolina played Denver in the Super Bowl this past winter, liberals were attempting to declare that anyone who rooted for Denver over Carolina was a racist. It didn’t matter that you cheered for teams that Cam played against and beat, both college and professional.

With the Obama administration continually pushing to divide us, among other things, along racial lines and the liberals only happy to do what they can to convince minorities that white conservatives hate them because of the color of their skin, I was concerned about the relationship between blacks and whites where I live and in other areas of the south. Thankfully, I can’t tell any difference in the attitudes her and in other places. The blacks don’t seem to have let the liberal rhetoric and lies influence them, thus are beyond skin color.

Business concerns took me to Jackson, Mississippi this past weekend where I stayed in a large hotel in downtown Jackson. Many of the hotel personnel were black and I couldn’t have been treated any nicer, and it seemed to be a “sincere” nice, not a “fake” nice that you see so much of today.

When black NFL head coaches Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy took their teams to the Super Bowl in 2007, one of the gentlemen was asked by the media how it felt to have two black head coaches in the Super Bowl, a first. The coach, not sure which one, replied to the effect that skin color was not important. What was important was that two Christian brothers facing each other.

After an early 2000s’ development in the 1963 Sixteenth Street Church bombing in Birmingham, where, on a Sunday morning, four young girls were killed, Condoleezza Rice, a native of Birmingham and National Security Advisor under George W. Bush, was asked about the developments, in which two of the suspects were finally indicted, tried, and sentenced to life in prison. Ms. Rice, of course, was asked about this because she was black. Like everyone else, in the nation, the National Security Advisor was glad that these monsters had been brought to justice. But she also seemed a little annoyed that she was asked such an obvious question. Yes, she is a black woman, but we’re now living in the twenty-first century and have moved beyond that, beyond skin color.

Cam Newton gets it, Tony Dungy gets it, Lovie Smith gets it, Condoleezza Rice gets it, and millions of conservatives get it. We are happy to say, we’re beyond skin color. Sadly, Barak Obama doesn’t get it, the folks working in his administration don’t get it, Michelle Obama doesn’t get it, Hillary Clinton doesn’t get it, and millions of liberals, including black liberals don’t get it.

Note: Thanks go to conservativebelief.com for information relating to Cam Newton and factmonster.com for facts relating to the Sixteenth Baptist Church bombing.

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