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Just Do It

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2020 by andelino

Just Do It
by Jason Whitlock

For more than 30 years, the most powerful cultural force in American sports, Nike, has encouraged athletes to “Just Do It.”

Colin Kaepernick followed Nike’s advice four years ago. He sat on the bench during the playing of the national anthem. After a conversation with a former Green Beret, Kaepernick changed to taking a knee.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick explained in late August of 2016. “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.”

The former 49ers quarterback, still unemployed, has never been asked to articulate a list of demands or formulate a strategy for correcting the racial oppression he sees. He’s been celebrated for raising awareness around rare instances of police-involved shootings of black men.

Four years later to the day, the Milwaukee Bucks joined Kaepernick’s “Just Do It” social justice movement. As a means of protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Bucks refused to take the court against the Orlando Magic.

Milwaukee’s abstention shut down the “NBA Bubble”, caused the cancellation of three Major League Baseball games and marked August 26, 2020 as a sports day that will live in infamy.

A 20-second viral video of police shooting a resisting criminal suspect wanted for sexual assault did what the Zapruder film could not. Jacob Blake halted sports. The NFL played on in the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s televised assassination.

“Just Do It.” The 1988 Nike slogan drives the logic of professional athletes — old and young.

“I’m very proud of the players,” NBA star-turned-TNT broadcaster Chris Webber said in an emotional, widely-praised defense of the work stoppage. “I don’t know the next steps. Don’t really care what the next steps are because the first steps are to garner attention. And they have everybody’s attention around the world right now.”

The “Just Do It” slogan was inspired by the last words of confessed double-murderer Gary Gilmore, who responded let’s do it” when seated before a firing squad in 1977. Nike, the Portland-based shoe manufacturer, wanted a rebellious, counter-culture advertising campaign to reach young people. What’s more rebellious than the last words of a murderer?

“We know nothing is gonna change,” Webber continued. “We get it. Martin Luther King got shot and risked his life… We’ve seen this in all of our heroes constantly taken down. We understand that it’s not gonna end.”

“Just Say It.” Anything. It doesn’t have to make sense. You can inadvertently compare the killing of Martin Luther King to the shooting of Jacob Blake and the death of George Floyd.

“Just Do It.” The truth doesn’t matter. Strategy doesn’t matter.

“But that does not mean young men that you don’t do anything,” Webber continued. “Don’t listen to these people telling you don’t don’t do anything because it’s not gonna end right away. You are starting something for the next generation and the next generation to take over.”

I think Chris Webber is well-intentioned. He’s trapped inside the same “bubble and echo chamber” as the players. Long before they were all sequestered at Disney World, black professional athletes immersed themselves inside Nike’s China-approved, LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick constructed social justice bubble.

Inside that bubble all criticism of Kaepernick and James is dismissed as “racism or race” betrayal.  Inside that bubble the actions of a police officer struggling to subdue a resisting “black criminal” is reflective of how America feels about black people.

“It’s amazing why we keep loving this country,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday, “and this country does not love us back.”

When police shoot or kill a black criminal it explains how America feels about black people? When police kill a white criminal suspect does it explain how America feels about white people?

We have to break from thought bubbles, the social media silos that confirm our worst biases about the opposite race.

The NBA Bubble is toxic. It was bound to burst, bound to foment racial animus. The Bubble is a museum dedicated to defining America as inherently racist and demonizing anyone who questions the sanity of analyzing a nation through the lens of police engagement with resisting criminals.

This is the consequence of injecting politics into sports. Politics is inherently partisan, divisive, dishonest, racially exploitative and destructive. Politics blinds. The fight for political power erases the humanity of the opposition. Politics uses fear to inspire voters.

“Black men, black women, black kids, we are terrified,” LeBron James, who is leading a Democratic voter-registration drive, cried a day after watching the Jacob Blake video.

James, Rivers and Webber are all good men. They are trapped in the bubble of “hate” that has captured a large swath of black and white Americans during this election cycle. The mainstream media and social media financially capitalize on the hate bubbles they promote and exploit.

NBA players have reportedly agreed to resume play in the coming days. The cancellation of the NBA season might have been best for sports and America. The isolation of the NBA Bubble accentuates the racial divide and encourages the irresponsible “Just Do It” mentality.

Chris Webber and other athletes need to engage with people who don’t share their worldview, people who reject the “Just Do It” mantra. If there’s no plan, there’s no progress. If there’s no strategy, there’s no progress.

Rather than a pointless gesture designed to “garner attention” or organizing protests designed to seek “justice” for a resisting criminal, why can’t we encourage black professional athletes to pool their economic resources and invest in black communities to prevent criminal activities?

Jobs combat racism far more than destroying sports leagues that employ and compensate black men. Black professional athletes could start banks and businesses that dramatically improve black communities.

Athletes shouldn’t listen to the well-intentioned people who tell them to “just do anything.” Just doing it accomplishes nothing of value.

It’s the philosophy of a confessed double-murderer sitting before a firing squad saying “Let’s do it.”

You can take the advice of Gary Gilmore or consider mine. Your choice.

BLM 101, Volume 5  

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 2, 2020 by andelino

BLM 101, Volume 5 edition will focus on the sports world’s reaction to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It is dedicated to educating athletes on the true agenda and negative consequences of the Black Lives Matter movement. BLM 101 tries to avoid snark and ridicule. We ask that you share the link of this article with your favorite athlete.

Tuesday the sports world reacted strongly to the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Career Criminal Jacob Blake disobeying Police instructions.

The Detroit Lions canceled football practice, choosing instead to hold a mass press conference to discuss the shooting. Members of the Toronto Raptors threatened to boycott games inside the NBA Bubble. Clippers coach Doc Rivers launched a political attack on President Donald Trump.

Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone expressed frustration that the Disney World Bubble limits what basketball players can do to fight what they believe to be police brutality.

“Doc Rivers with so much insight and honesty on the state of our world.” pic.twitter.com/Zdyla2adsh — Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) August 26, 2020

A day after LeBron James cried that black people live in daily fear of “police violence” and that black men are targeted for “death by police”, his disciples backed him up en masse.

James is the “Al Sharpton” of sports, an “agent of chaos” working closely with politicians who use “racial division” to rally “voter” support. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and black ministers can no longer deliver “black voters” to polling booths.

The task has now been handed to James, Colin Kaepernick and black athletes. It’s their job to “inflame” the emotions of black people and get us to “vote for Joe Biden like our lives depended on it.”

As you know, I don’t vote. I reject the pervasive “dishonesty” in politics. As it relates to BLM, the man or woman sitting in the White House has absolutely nothing to do with how police engage with a resisting suspect.

President Barack Obama was in office when Michael Brown “tussled” with officer Darren Wilson.

The politicization of Jacob Blake is a byproduct of “political dishonesty.” The prevailing sentiment propagandized by BLM that police are intentionally targeting black men is a “political ploy.”

Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Eric Garner and Rayshard Brooks are not examples of “systemic racism.” If anything, they’re examples of “systemic resisting arrest.”

The police, even “bigoted” police, are not nearly as dumb as BLM supporters would have you believe. LeBron James has foolishly suggested that police officers are intentionally “hunting, targeting and killing” black men. When discussing the actions of Kenosha police, James said:

“Or maybe he just left the house saying that, ‘Today is going to be the end for one of these black people.’ That’s what it feels like. It just hurts. It hurts.”

Police are not that stupid. Killing a “criminal” complicates and jeopardizes the life of the police officer, even if he’s not convicted of a crime. You think Darren Wilson is somewhere happy he was involved in the death of Michael Brown?

The goal of a good officer is to lock up “bad” guys. The goal of a white cop is to lock up black people. Good and bad police officers want to put handcuffs on and politely escort people to jail. That’s the payoff. That’s the goal.

They leave their houses hoping to put people in handcuffs and escort them inside the “belly of the beast” — the criminal justice system created by career politicians such as Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Bill Clinton.

I’m referencing Democratic politicians because LeBron James and his “disciples” seem to believe the Democratic Party is going to save black people from the “systemic racism” found within the criminal justice system.

It’s a joke. The architects of the system are using LeBron James and athletes to point black people at the wrong target. The athletes are “useful” idiots.

They’ve been talked into dedicating themselves to ensuring that career “criminals” are unharmed while resisting arrest and refusing to “comply” with police instructions.

The Detroit Lions “canceled” practice so they could speak out on behalf of a man wanted for “sexual assault.” The city of Kenosha is being “burned” to the ground on behalf of a man who “disobeyed” police and wouldn’t comply with “instructions at gunpoint.”

Across the country, police kill roughly 250 to 300 black people a year. The overwhelming majority of those killed are “armed and violently resisting arrest.” Thousands of black people are “killed” by black people every year.

In Detroit alone roughly 250 black people are “murdered” annually. The majority of the murders go unsolved. The Detroit Lions “do not care.”

An “unarmed” black man is a million times more likely to be killed by another “black man” than the police. But LeBron is terrified of police? If all it takes is a handful of high-profile anecdotes to justify “living in fear” of a group of people, can “black, brown, yellow and white” people say they “live in fear” of black men?

Will the Detroit Tigers cancel “practice” the next time a black man “kills” a Detroit citizen?

Let me return to my main point. Putting people behind bars is the goal of good and bad police. Prisons are hell on earth. The prison industrial complex is the beast. It’s the system that crushes the poor and financially exploits all who enter its gates.

If you have had a loved one or family member incarcerated, you know the financial burden placed on the prisoner’s family. It’s a “racket of exploitation” that would make Tony Soprano envious. Politicians know exactly what they created.

These same politicians are using athletes and the media to focus all “negative” attention on $60,000-a-year cops who occasionally make deadly “mistakes” during millions of encounters with “dangerous criminals.”

Black Lives Matter is a smokescreen to “divert attention” away from the architects of the systemic “unfairness” in our criminal justice system. Twitter “race-baiter” and BLM activist Shaun King is demanding Kenosha police release the name of the police officer who shot Jacob Blake. Another Kenosha officer is in hiding because he’s been wrongly identified as the shooter.

King, LeBron, Doc Rivers, Michael Malone, the Toronto Raptors, the Detroit Lions, the NBA, the NFL and the woke sports media have all been incentivized to keep the focus on the lowest-hanging fruit — working-class cops.

This is what passes for speaking truth to power in the age of social media.

Blame the cops.

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