When POTUS #45 called NFL players “taking a knee” during the playing of the National Anthem as an act of peaceful protest, SOBs, it was on! He just crossed a line that specifically cannot be crossed in the Black community! “Talking about my Mama!” Former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick began the practice of “taking a knee” last season as a way to bring attention to racial injustice and the escalation in police shooting and killing of unarmed Black people in America. High profile homicides like Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, and Alton Sterling – to name but a few – provoked Kaepernick to take action and bring attention to the issues of racial and social injustice and the lack of equal justice under the law for Black people in America. Many believe that Kaepernick’s NFL career was cut short because of his activism and have subsequently joined in his signature protest throughout the nation. Additional boycotts are being called for against the NFL because of Kaepernick’s inability to gain employment this season despite his abilities being far superior to many other players contracted as backup QBs.
Last week, the President stood on the same ground in Alabama where former Governor George Wallace stood proclaiming “Segregation today and segregation forever”, and called the NFL players kneeling in solidarity with Kaepernick SOBs as a political rallying cry. Never has a U.S. President, in the modern era, so publicly and in such a full-throated manner used outright profanity to address legal and peaceful exercise of the First Amendment right to protest. Last month after the tragic events in Charlottesville, the President claimed moral equivalency on “both sides” of the demonstrations for and against White Supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, and neo-Nazi organizers. He sympathized with the “good people” on both sides of the issue. Now this President stands on some of the bloodiest ground of the historically segregated south, and calls Black men’s mothers B$%#&s! WHAT! If everyone who is of sound mind does not see this as Unmitigated Outrage, we have truly lost more ground than we have gained in America.
This President has crossed the line, and in “playing the dozens” in our community by calling our Mothers and Sisters dogs while ratcheting up his political rhetoric, he has unleashed a battle I am certain he is ill-prepared to fight. Given the actual calamity people are facing as a result of hurricanes and earthquakes, this man is shamefully way outside his lane!