TAKING A KNEE: WHY IS THERE STILL A STARK DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHITE AND BLACK SENTIMENT ON NFL PROTEST

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“In protest of…..”


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Ever since former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick got down on one knee during an NFL game to protest police brutality in America during the national anthem, the anthem protest has taken on a life of its own. It has taken on such a life that we have now found ourselves back in a Black/White argument. The predominantly White side disagreeing, while the Black side agreed with the protest. So why, why are we so split. And not just on the anthem protest, but a lot of things in America. There is typically this split among Black and White citizens. A lot of times not even planned, just an organic disagreement.

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The main audience for the NFL is mostly White, and of course with the population of America being mostly White. So with that said, you can understand why the NFL would want to end the anthem protest. They are doing what is in the best interest of their brand. If the mostly White audience don’t want to see it, then you will see happen what is happening which is a ban on the protesting. But on the other side, what do you think will take place in response to the ban? Because this is not going away.

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Since the issue with the protest have caused the NFL to implement new rules, how will the response be handled. Like I said, since the ruling by the NFL, as well as the President of the United States getting involved, this is far from over. Will there be a taking over by members in communities? Because if people in society form their own coalition, then there is nothing that can be done. But why must everything come down to a topic that involves a racial discussion. Because isn’t sports supposed to be a place to escape the issues of the outside world?

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Plenty of people say keep social issues out of sports. But for the past few hundred years, this nation has been wrapped in racial relations. So everywhere you turn, there is a constant reminder of the history of our country. Whether it’s a Confederate Flag or an athlete with their fist in the air. And for so many, they tend to think sports should be sports and social issues are to be dealt with out of sports. Some even think forget social issues all together. But when you have people protesting because of police brutality, and an NFL player and NBA player are both on camera being improperly handled by police this year (Seattle Seahawk and Milwaukee Buck), the athlete says the conversation is relevant.

a difference among peoples

The reason for the relationship differences are not the media like most would want to think. It’s just how the things have been over time. There is no stopping it until a mass collective shift their perceptions of each other. But the most difficult part is that the construct of Black and White are systemic constructs. Constructs put in place a long time ago; that most say hurt our country. But the construct is almost like a glue keeping things going.


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OVEREXPANSION: WILL GLOBAL CONFLICTS ARISE FROM COUNTRIES GOING BEYOND THEIR BORDERS

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“Will we see another world war?”


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As countries become more and more concerned with growing their economies, they will also want to expand beyond their borders. And once Related imagethis happens, you’re talking major global conflicts. But to the country expanding, they feel what they are doing is in best interest of their government and its people. One country particular will be China. China is just too big population wise to house all the people that they have; so you know what that means.

religious conflicts

As people expand out, economies could become effected from the various religious groups that are based in certain parts of the world. And if you’re trying to expand Image result for mecca into the Middle East, then you’re going to have problems. They are highly conservative in their views and trying to expand into their regions could prove costly; both economic and with lives. And losing lives in addition to the financial windfall is not something a nation wants to promote.

ethnic conflicts

Now moving into regions of the world where no one looks like you can cause problems as well. Imagine the issues that will take place once countries make their way into Africa. This is going to give radicals a serious ability to maintain. Why, well because no one will flinch over Africans being pushed out of their own homelands. So desperation will cause alliances, which will in turn cost more time and money to combat. Thus taking the world once again into financial binds.

corporations

Multinational corporations are prevalent everywhere in the world. But there are places where certain companies have a stronghold in their respective regions more than others. What would happen if banks from other countries Image result for corporationsstarted pushing out American institutions? And now American citizens are banking with foreign entities that have no reason to care for us as a nation. Now you have a conflict that cause stress on our economy.

too much already

We already have enough social and political strife that effects our society as it is, anymore could negatively effect an economy. But what are nations to do with a growing population that can’t live in the environments they already inhabit? Maybe this is another reason why North Korea and South Korea also are ending the war. Old rivals may form new alliances, and that is another way to expand without having to deal with conflicts and a hit to the economy.


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TRICKERY: HOW WE TRICK EACH OTHER TO TALK AND BEHAVE A CERTAIN WAY

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“The games we play.”


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Very few times in American history have the United States had to deal with social strife like today. Everyone is so sensitive and everyone wants to be heard in some shape or form. And when people feel like they’re not being heard, they resort to the attacks of others.

And God forbid you’re one of these people who have a multiple perspective. You’re treated like you’re some sort of outsider. Because the silent majority remains silent and the loud group moves so heavy as a collective. But why do we trick each other with language in America.

We say we want to hear people’s point of view, then when we hear something we don’t like, we attack. It’s like we’re lying to each other about the things we want, then waiting until we hear something that is remotely controversial and run with it. It’s almost as if we’re addicted to people’s demise.

more tricks

And if you are still unaware of what I mean by the tricks and the lies, how about this. We’re asked our views on racial topics, then wait until we hear something we don’t like and attack. And if the person gives the politically correct answer we attack. So there is no getting around satisfying people.

And good luck if you need someone there to stand beside you. They won’t help, they’ll run as well. And who could blame; who wants to lose everything they worked for, for having an opinion on a particular topic. But what’s crazy, is that the people who attack you feel the same way as you; so why the rage.

demographic of anger

What we must realize is that we have breaded a culture of people in America who are enamored with the downfall of others. It’s like going to a circus, we don’t go to see animals doing tricks. We go to the circus hoping the animal attacks one of the trainers. The rise and the fall, then the rise again is almost like a game at this point.

And in the end result is that we lie to keep ourselves from getting into trouble. Even if the apology is utterly ridiculous, we still do so. Because we would rather lie and make people feel good, then to tell the truth and deal with a few angry people.


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SOCIETAL DECLINE: WHY ANGER IS REIGNING SUPREME

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“The easiest emotion to have and the hardest to lose.”


In America today, there is a new trend that is going around and that is the getting upset for the sake of being upset movement. I don’t think any one person started this trend, it’s just what has transpired over time. And a lot of it has to with our social media platforms. Never before have people been able to express themselves the way we’ve been able to do so in America until now. When looking at a platform like Facebook which has a community of about 800 million people globally, you’re talking they have a lot of influence. So much influence, that the election support of Barack Obama in both his election victories were pushed heavily on this platform. But with that comes the people who aim to take issue and express themselves outwardly, their anger.

But what is it? Is it that people are more angry today than any other time in history? Or is the number of angry people reflective of what it has always been? It’s just that in the past, people did not have a massive platform to express how they genuinely felt. Yet, there are indicators that point to why people are so angry in our society than just the internet. Yes when you look at past generations, they didn’t have constant reminders of how little they have in this world. You can click on a Google search engine and see photos of a life that you know people live that you don’t live. Or, there are images of how people look physically that make you think there is a standard that you don’t live up to, that you should be living. So with that said, maybe there is something to knowing too much about our lives.

Then again, if you look at the 1950’s and 60’s, that rock and roll-baby boom era, they had constant advertising of lifestyle in television, magazines, and newspapers. Whether it was the mom on television showing off the latest household appliance, or some movie where the main character was all dolled-up in expensive attire. And let’s not get started on the physical images that were marketed to so many young women in society. The most famous in the past had to have been the corset, where women wanted and were expected to have these slim waist. So with all that said, what has changed in society that contributes to the anger. And that one element that has changed is the employment market. Back decades ago, they were inundated with the same level information flow for their time period. But people also had jobs as well.

Now today, people are having a hard time sustaining in society financially. So seeing people live around them, they are constantly upset. What’s crazy is that there is more money to be made than any other time in history. And you don’t even need a boss to make an income. But like anything else in this world it takes time, a long time. And in the end, the problem with anger is people’s quality of life. It’s why our language is so sensitive, why we hate people for doing well, and follow negativity. It all makes us feel good about our own hell to see someone else there with us. So until the quality of life shift, you’ll continue to see this trend of anger in America.


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A LEAGUE OF OUR OWN: SHOULD BLACK ATHLETES CREATE THEIR OWN LEAGUES FOR SPORTS

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“Taking a knee or taking your talents elsewhere?”


There has been yet another knee taken in an NFL opener, this time by Houston Texans players after team owner Robert C. McNair made a statement regarding players in the NFL protesting before the game. He stated that, We can’t let the inmates rule the prison.” A comment that he later apologized for, but the damage had already been done. His players, in a move of defiance, staged a protest against him for his comments. So with that said, What will it take before Black athletes go off and start their own league?” Are we close to seeing the Negro Leagues open up once again. The Negro Leagues for baseball when Black players could not play in the majors. But Black players are allowed in the majors, but with the social issues of America still looming, they are encouraged today not to be involved. With starting their own league, they wouldn’t have to deal with what comes with being in the NBA, NFL, or MLB from fans.

But my question is, is it really that detrimental at this stage? Or, are we more sensitive because there is more in mass media that is pumped to us. If we saw everything that took place during the Civil Rights Era, the fight might have been even worse as well. We see everything now; everything is on camera and everything is for mass consumption. So when you hear police shooting an unarmed Black male, you react quicker today than in the past. And since there is a news story everyday, it makes you paranoid with the police. So much so, a lot of these players are now in the fight. A move that has irritated the NFL’s predominantly White fan base. The Black players say why aren’t more White men and women angry regarding the recent protesting in favor of the Confederate flag and monuments in the Southern states. So now, you hear rumblings of starting a league for these players. But once again, is it that serious?

America has always had these social issues, especially the issues concerning racial tension. But people who are fans of sports show up to the games to escape the social and political issues that makeup America today. So to them, is it really necessary to create a whole other league because of the introduction of a few recent issues. Because in the past Black players had no other choice but to create a separate league. That’s like Black students stating that we will only attend HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) from here on out because other universities won’t acknowledge issues surrounding police brutality. In the end, these social issues aren’t slowing down. Not as long as this current White House Administration is in office. And for those reasons, it’s going to be a long 3 years.


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AMERISTRUCT: ARE WE WITNESSING A CONSTRUCT COLLAPSE

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“It’s only a matter of time before the great reveal.”


Growing up in the United States, the social landscape has always involved conversations surrounding race. And I don’t mean the human species when using race, but how it’s socially utilized. In America, the term race, racial, racism, and racist has been used in the context of one groups superiority over another. But it’s the superiority over another group of people mentally. Yet now we are witnessing that social construct that has kept in this country Black and White people bickering among each other unravel. You might ask, how so; how is the racial construct that kept this country so segregated now unraveling? And all fingers point to White men and women in America.

And when I say all fingers point to White men and women, I am saying this in context of hardships and whose to blame. Coming from the Midwest, more than anytime prior, White men and women are being shutout. The same can be said for the southern regions of America. You see, in the past, the United States kept this one group propped up by White men and women higher up in power. And this worked because there were no other kids on the block. Yet as more global competition started to come into play, you can’t keep a nation going with just one group working.

Meaning, with countries like China and India positioning themselves as global competitors, you need more than just White men and women working. Now here comes other groups, African Americans, Hispanics, East Asian groups, and other minorities. But as time went on, more and more jobs were shipped overseas so companies could save on goods and services. Now, here we are today, and that American dream for so many is going down the toilet. People are losing all sense of security. But, not just any group of people, White men and women. The Black community still for the most part struggles economically as well as the Hispanic community. So now, there is feeling of lose from a lot of the White community. But lose to who?

If so many other minority groups are struggling as well, then where is the wealth going? Redistributed back into the hands of wealthy elite; small group of White males and females. Yet it still leaves the White community saying, we’re losing. But like I said, to who? And this is why that construct that worked for so many years is now unraveling. This country was constructed to make a group feel this land was for them, and it never was for the group. I am a firm believer that had another group took over America after slavery, then most likely by now, we would be past this Black and White issue. But sense the majority of the people in power were White it is this social issue. When in reality, the problem is more human than ethnic.

We have these people in power who have been irresponsible for quite some time. But now the main group that has benefited all this time is hurting and they’re looking for a reason as to why. Yet, who do you blame when the group that has not benefited is still struggling as well as the group who is supposed to have all the jobs. Like I said earlier, they’re all being shipped overseas. And now more than ever, race is being set aside and we’re slowly putting faces to the problem. Because I am a firm believer that racism will be over once the predominantly White community see how deep in trouble they are with us.

See, in the end, that construct that has kept one group comfortable is now falling apart. But it’s a construct that never meant anything in the first place. So much of America has been designed for conflict, and now that conflict is causing emotions to flare, who is to blame? What will come of it? Only time will tell.


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