Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Demanding Change

Second-string quarterback, for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick  refuses to stand for the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the 49ers pre-season games.
He announced: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.  To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.  There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
He’s protesting police violence against African Americans.  Donald Trump, has called for Colin Kaepernick  to leave the country.
President Obama explained:"As a general matter, when it comes to the flag the national anthem and the meaning that holds for our men and women in uniform and those who've fought for us -- that is a tough thing for them to get past to then hear what his deeper concerns are.
“But I don't doubt his sincerity.  I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that need to be talked about and if nothing else what he's doing has generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about.
“But I'd rather have young people engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than those who are just sitting on the sidelines."
Kaepernick is supported by Tommie Smith and John Carlos, whose raised-fist protest atop the medal podium, in the 1968 Summer Olympics caused a huge controversy.  Smith won the gold medal, and set a record of 19.83 seconds in the 200 meter dash.  Their Black Power salutes were seen as politicizing the Olympic Games.  Those salutes remain a symbolic moment in the history of the African- America Civil Rights Movement.


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