Nov. 12, 2017

For Those Still Kneeling With Colin Stay Strong

National League Football has negotiated a new contract that they say will guarantee a yearly salary to the Commissioner Roger Goodell of $50,000,000.00 per year in addition to the use of his own private jet. That's 32 owners willing to pay one man 50 million dollars per year that's 125 times the salary of United States President who controls the Executive Branch of Government and is said to be the most powerful man on the planet. Well, I'd argue that Roger Goodell is more powerful controlling an industry based on a game than controlling an entire nation. Yet, we have black people totally absorbed almost every day by this game that diverts their minds away from the real critical issues facing communities daily. We need to be truly cognizant is any man worth 50 million dollars a year? Especially the face of the opposition, Roger Goodell has overtly led a management movement that has ostracized and blackballed Colin Kaepernick's ability to earn a living playing a game that Colin Kaepernick has trained physically for his entire life?

 
I was reading an article from a Playboy Magazine interview with Malcolm X when Malcolm was the Minister of the Mosque #7 located in Harlem, New York. In that article, Malcolm said the following:
 
"A man who tosses worms in the river isn't necessarily a friend of the fish. All the fish who take him for a friend, who think the worm's got no hook in it, usually end up in the frying pan. All these things dangled before us by the white liberal posing as a friend and benefactor have turned out to be nothing but bait to make us think we're making progress. The Supreme Court decision has never been enforced. Desegregation has never taken place. The promises have never been fulfilled. We have received only tokens, substitutes, trickery and deceit."
 
Playboy Magazine
 
We need to understand that the sports industry though it may seem innocent. It is also part of the scheme that has been directed to disengage our consciousness from the serious issues of the day. This professional football game has moved from a "Sunday Only Game Day Experience" in the 1960's and 70's to now a 7 day-a-week, 24-hour industry that sole intention is to divert people from focusing on real issues affecting our communities. They demanded that Colin Kaepernick back down because the owners don't feel that protesting injustice in this nation should occur at sporting events like football games. Yet, this game has expanded far beyond the reach it had initially in our society. I would hope that we could understand the power of collective direct action in our community but the direct action in our community is non-existent if it means we cannot watch professional football 7 days a week.