Making a Statement


Making a Statement

Playing the Star Spangled Banner before sporting events has been done since 1918 and is a time honored tradition in the United States as a means of stirring national pride and showcasing unity of one nation under God.

In 2016 outright racism came to the forefront in America and politics as Americans began to call for an end to systematic racism. Colin Kapearnick made his statement for social change by choosing to take a knee instead of standing for the National Anthem.  I don’t think he knew or dreamed of the kind of change that would follow. Players began emulating him and took “taking a knee” to a whole new level. Soon coaches would join the players in an act of solidarity, followed by team owners and the NFL commissioner so as not to upset the players.

President Trump then made a statement that players who kneel should be fired from professional sports. Patriotic American fans nationwide were appalled and angered by the disrespect toward the national anthem and to the flag to the point of burning their NFL gear, tearing up season tickets and turning to other sports. Then other sports teams and leagues began to crumble under pressure. The cry of fans has been totally ignored.

By 2020 not only was kneeling becoming common place as a means of countering the national anthem which has been all but eliminated for sporting events, and now the NFL decided to play “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” which is also known as “the black national anthem”, before every Week 1 NFL game in the 2020 season, according to ESPN. Teams began sporting Black Lives Matter shirts and black armbands and kneeling in a moment of silence after the death of George Floyd.

So let me make my statement very clear.

According to the official autopsy of George Floyd, he died of a drug overdose, while in police custody.

The Star Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States. It was written as a symbol bringing national pride and unity to our newly formed nation. This nation was not founded on color of one’s skin or the ethnic heritage of its people. This nation was founded on freedom and thinking of replacing the national anthem with a black national anthem does not foster national pride and is wrong.

If you are not proud to be an American a new anthem will not revive you and it is ridiculous to think a black, white, brown, red or yellow anthem unites anyone for the common good of the nation. Do you want to feel proud?  It starts in your mind. What you need is simply an attitude adjustment.

Contrary to what you have heard or read racism did not start in 2016 with the election of President Trump, nor will it end when he is no longer in office. Systematic racism started in the late 1960’s with a small group of congressional democrats who proclaimed themselves the “racial police in government” by opposing then President Nixon.

Over the years this select group became effectively organized for racial issues and boasts of distinguished alumni such as then Senator Barack Obama. When this group of legislators first came into existence they decided to restrict membership to “blacks only” club and thus the Congressional Black Caucus came into being. We have seen these congressional democrats use open warfare tactics on President Trump and his administration by boycotting his inauguration address, the State of the Union addresses and even parading on the floor of congress wearing outfits resembling white sheets of the KKK, or the African tribal colors of slave traders as a means of protest.

Congressional democrats have opposed many legislative efforts of the President and even other legislators. Their resistance campaign has even crossed over the line of legality and teetered at the edge of treason. Their actions are not the rational actions of elected officials but rather the actions of spoiled children.

Ending racism begins with you and me. We can start by not referring to ourselves or others as black, white, yellow, brown or red, Asian, African, Mexican, Latin –Americans. We are either Americans or we are not.

The United States of America is one nation under God, a shining light that attracts many people with the call of freedom, if it were not so, they would not come. There are those who bring trouble to our land and to our people. It is the primary responsibility of government for the safety of its people and the responsibility of the people to hold government accountable. We are only as strong as our weakest, most vulnerable. America is US. – I am the Real Truckmaster!


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