@True.45 Patriotism Requires Participation from all of US! As I see it, the problem in this instance is not how African Americans raise their complaints about American society; it’s that they raise them at all.
When LeBron James and other NBA players wore shirts that said “I can’t breathe” to protest police killings of unarmed black men, Commissioner Adam Silver expressed his disapproval, and Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera slammed James.
Every time unrest erupts in black communities in response to injustice, we hear this question "why can't African Americans express their dissent in an orderly, law-abiding way. But every time African-Americans protest peacefully, the same people object to the message, the tactics, the purpose or the slogans.
Unsympathetic people often ask why blacks are so unwilling to acknowledge progress, to express "gratitude" for living in a free country and to focus on the problems in their own communities. But unsympathetic people asked the same questions back in the 1960s. Many have always been in a hurry for African-Americans to stop "griping" about discrimination and "get over it". Detractors demand to know how such highly paid athletes have the nerve to question a country that has rewarded them so richly. As if those "rewards" weren't earned through years of Sacrifice, Focus, Dedication and Hard Work. You don't get to be LeBron overnight! They could ask the same question about Donald Trump — who owes his wealth to a nation that in his inaugural address, he depicted in nightmarish terms.
Trump can insulate himself from the dangers he sees. But these players are as much at risk from bad cops as other black men......We are Better than THIS America.✊ @True.45
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