Colin Kaepernick is the man.
This country says one thing then turns around and stuffs it to black people.Especially poor black people. Only fool would suggest that African Americans do not to get a raw deal.
On the other hand, this rah rah rah America shit borders on creepy. The national anthem was not sung at ball games until WWII. It became a thing after that. Fair enough. No biggie.
Then 9-11 came and they stared singing God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch. Fair enough. This shall pass. But it didn’t.
Going to the ballgame is going to church. Fucking prayers replaced by psalms to the almighty U S of A. Fucking creepy, man.
And in between innings, periods, quarters, and halftimes not to mention time-outs some nice person in uniform is trotted out and we all stand and applaud.
They don’t tell us all the bullshit this guy’s gone through physically, mentally, and emotionally. They don’t tell us what opportunities were available to the enlisted before they joined up.
Hey how come the wife ain’t with him? Oh, right. She left him during his fourth tour of duty. He kept coming back more and more fucked-up and she couldn’t take it anymore. Took the kids too. Poor bastard is a mess. USA! USA! USA!
That’s another thing. The USA chant was never heard before the 1980 Olympics when the underdog hockey team from the big country with little self-esteem took on giants of hockey from the Soviet Union and beat them. It was at Lake Placid, NY and 90% of the people in the stand were Americans. And the kids on the team were working class kids.
The 1970’s had a recession, factories closing, Watergate, huge unemployment, inflation, 20% interest rates,civil unrest, Jimmy Carter, a bankrupt NYC, the weather underground blowing up courthouses (happened here) and America sucked.
The 1980 US Olympic Hockey team was so much more than a gold medal for this country and that’s when and why the USA chant started.
Unfortunately it has been corrupted to a nationalistic cheer used when beating a weaker opponent from another country. This includes assaulting immigrants.
And blasphemy if you say anything that suggests you don’t bleed red white and blue.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, Kaapernick. I hope more players do what he’s doing. I hope white players join him and fans in the stands join them. Then I hope that by the time the NBA rolls around those guys are all in.
Check out Colin explaining why he’s doing what he’s doing.
Let’s do this!!
How about the Globe writing front page stories with big headlines informing the readers of the battle in a NH courtroom to release the sexual history of a young female murder victim? The family would like to keep it private.
I feel so bad for that family and the Globe makes the pain worse by putting her picture on the front page and getting school boys and pervs to click.