We totally support the right of the National Anthem protesters to peacefully protest as they choose and applaud their self-sacrificing attitude to put their careers on the line for what is a noble cause. Additionally, there is no denying the protest has the billionaire NFL owners giving newfound attention to the race and social justice issue in America even if only as a result of how the controversy may be impacting their bottom line.
However, here’s where we see the National Anthem protest being self-defeating and self-deprecating. It comes off as a concession to the haters that this is their country and not ours as African Americans and the racist offenses engaged in by these various offenders is representative of the nation and the kneeling protests are against their symbols because this is the haters ‘country. Actually, the haters waved their flags and chanted their anthem in Charleston and were endorsed by the hater-in-chief in the White-house. We would never concede ownership of our flag and anthem to that group. It’s the wrong message to send to our youth and our fellow Americans.
These misguided generalized protests directed at the national symbols are exactly the kind of reaction Dylan Roof was trying to tap into by killing those African American parishioners in the church in Charleston South Carolina. According to this deranged individual, his mass murders were to be seen as representing white America and hoping it would start a race war. Don’t get it twisted. If one chooses to protest against those engaging in racist offenses, it would make a lot more sense if they directed their protests at the offenders like the cops committing the unjustified killing of unarmed black males where the injustice occurs. Don’t let those offenders off the hook. Why direct it at the whole nation as if that’s what we are up against as black Americans because that simply is not the case.
KNOW YOUR HISTORY:
Protests are not like socks. One size does not fit all. Reaching back to the Tommie Smith and John Carlos protest template, which was a one-time demonstration in a once every four years international event and does not apply to today’s reality. The symbolic protest during the Olympic ceremonies was to call world attention on an international stage to the racial discrimination and segregation problems in America at the time. That iconic demonstration was fifty years ago when the racial problem was national in scope, and the civil rights movement was at its height. Since then, those grievances have been substantially addressed. It’s verified by the success of the civil rights movement, integration, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and further evidenced by our subsequent spectacular economic and political advancement individually and collectively.
The irony is these protesting black professional ballplayers, many of whom are multimillionaires and are among the biggest group of economic beneficiaries of the success of the civil rights movement. They are also among the best examples of our spectacular economic progress as a race. News flash, the over-all battle has already been won. If you don’t know what you’re fighting for, you won’t know when you’re winning the fight. To paraphrase General Patton (as played by George C Scott), “We don’t need to pay for the same real estate twice.”
It’s time to advance ourselves to the next level. The next step is to establish our own all-inclusive national news media operation. This is the last remaining institutional racial inequality, which is us being without national news media representation. We certainly don’t need to continue relying on demonstrations for mainstream news media attention. The purpose of this website is to put the plan in action to launch our all-inclusive national news media operation.
This is an example of how conditioning works. We’re looking at people who are demonstrating and making ESPY group speeches for news media attention, but unable to make the connection that this is where we are lacking and vulnerable. Having been subjected to years of thinking our only recourse to oppose injustice is to march and demonstrate for new media attention has folks conditioned to a way of thinking.
Instead of protesting for news media attention, logic and common sense dictates us having our own national news media operation able to impose accountability where it has never been and put those opposing forces in check.
So here’s where we are. This two-stage solution has a high potential for success in its simplicity and minimal request which we hope to achieve with our $50,000″GoFundMe” fundraising campaign to produce our television pilot which will show what an all-inclusive national news media operation looks like.
Once we air our television news-day pilot to millions of Americans on YouTube and other streaming platforms, it will include a stock offering of 1 million shares at $200 each with a maximum of 5 shares per person. The percentage of ownership will be stated in the offer. This is real “People Power” taken to an unprecedented level. It will allow us to begin our national cable news television network with potentially a built in audience of owners investors in the million viewership range. A change is coming.