Aug. 10, 2016
I am not trying to be cynical but really with all that is wrong with our communities, the income disparities, homelessness, hunger, lack of monies for the poor. Excuse me if I just don't give a damn about how many golds Phelps has, or who won the cycling time trials gold, or flipped over some damn plummet, or twirled on the uneven parallel bars, or held position on the rings, or breaststroked the fastest, or backstroked the fastest, or butterflied the quickest. The diversion is on prime-time and they have again suckered us in.
The sell us every four years on this being one nation and we cheer for the flag. Yet, the flag of this nation still continues to dishonor those people of color, makes waste of its natural beauty, and kills seemingly without any disregard or impunity. I remember reading from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, I believe, that sports in America are a tool of deception and it is created to give the perception of equality and justice. While in reality it hides or cloaks the fact that we aren't progressing but are blinded to believe something that isn't so.
So while I cannot demean the accomplishments of those sisters as they marvel the world with feats of unbelievable creative on the gym mats, or marvel at the feats of those athletes who move like they are fish in the water, bike with grace, or lift weights beyond comprehension, or run tracks like gliders, or bounce balls and sink goals in nets. I still understand that this isn't a nation fully free, fully just, for all of us. I will not be fooled into thinking that 2 weeks and all is well. Especially when nine bodies dropped yesterday in Chi-Town or a mother is blasted away while her son watches and catches lead as well. Well, that is my realistic thought for the day. I just simply couldn't put that damn thought away.