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In 2016 democracy won yet again, but America lost. -Me
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Where exactly is all this going?
Ok.. there’s gotta be some limit here. I suppose I am just yet another insensitive white privilege guy but I just do not understand this. Yet now we have the Arizona governor “punishing” shoemaker Nike for being insensitive to slavery for Nike for displaying that flag on a new pair of shoes to celebrate Independence Day , by denying some tax incentives in a local building purchase in the state. Did I miss reading a book that told about all the symbols and personages and verbal phrases and facial expressions and restaurant menu items in the United States that make black people offended that we should avoid to assure we don’t invoke feelings of past slavery?
From CNN today…
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that Nike (NKE) delivered the sneakers to retailers, but asked stores to return them to Nike after the company received a complaint from former NFL star Colin Kaepernick. The Journal indicated Kaepernick said he and others found the shoe offensive because of its ties to America’s era of slavery.
The “offensive” shoes in question.
The flag itself is the same as our current stripes theme with the stars in a circle representing the original 13 colonies… and that invokes connotations about slavery back in those times? This is complete nuts. If that’s the case then perhaps we should just discredit Washington for having slaves… the entire Revolutionary War against England was meant for the colonies to be free to continue slavery… the Constitution itself was written by a bunch of privileged white guys who likely all either had slaves or just by nature of carrying on with their own lives just enabled others to own slaves. Hell… the fact that anyone migrated and settled in America, once a land of slavery and still has echoes of racial bigotry even to this day, should be considered of guilty by extension for enabling a history of slavery for wanting to come here to pursue their own freedom. We already know the White House itself was built by slaves.. maybe we outta just turn the keys over to the next black person walking down the street.
I stood up (pun intentional) for Kaepernick’s right to kneel for the anthem as a freedom of speech issue, although I think it was ill-advised and he has suffered in his career accordingly. He learned the hard way that just because you can doesn’t mean you should. So the guy has been trying to find some relevancy left in his sports career, or in his life in general. That’s on him. He can even send a complaint letter to Nike about his views concerning the “Betsy Ross” flag as part of his right to free speech. But who exactly are these “others” who also found the flag offensive? Maybe they can tell me how much THEY personally have suffered under slave owners. Maybe THEY can tell me, if they are Millennials, how exactly THEY personally suffered under the Jim Crow years. I’ll concede their grandparents could easily have suffered at the hands of racial bigotry, especially in the South… and I would give them the respect for having lived through those times.
But this is what I will NOT do… keeping in mind I am no neo-Nazi racist or Klansman… I will NOT accept some contemporary collective guilt for the past regarding slavery, I am NOT about to accept guilt for using some image, symbol, slogan someone decides to conjure up to express their being offended, and that includes the LGBTQ movement. If you are racially, sexually, politically, whatever offended by something I said, displayed, quoted, uttered in my sleep, raised an ill-timed eyebrow… that’s on you, and if it bothers you all that much then I expect the respect of communicating to me before pointing a finger to label me something that I am not, never have been, nor ever will be.
If black Americans want a better economic life then let’s call it what it is… let’s consider social programs to assist in those areas. But don’t come to me saying the country owes you something for the suffering of your ancestors to somehow impose some guilt on me for daring to be a white person.
This “Betsy Ross” flag offensiveness is pure nonsense and pisses me off… not because of some white patriotism, but because it’s just an arbitrary symbolic application of someone’s angst, or maybe it’s part of the reparations agenda. Maybe “offended” black Americans should devote more time to the here-and-now rather than looking to find contemporary blame for slavery because some racial bigotry still exists.
I think the 13 star Betsy Ross flag is a perfect symbol for the 4th of July given this is the day early white folks declared independence from Britain.. and sent us on the road to where we are today. No question that for many ethnic groups that road has been violent. That part wasn’t me. Today is me… and I choose not to be like those of the past.
Have a great 4th of July!
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