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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 7

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2020 by andelino

The Lives Of Innocent Black Kids Do Not Matter

It’s time for BLM 101, Volume 7. As you know, this online class is dedicated to educating professional athletes on the real agenda and impact of the so-called “Black Lives Matter” movement.

Professor Jason Whitlock makes a good-faith effort to eschew snark and ridicule. We ask that you share the link to this class with your favorite athlete and avoid making a condescending remark when you share.

Today, we’re going to take a different approach. Normally I spotlight some sort of abusive, negative interaction taken under guise of BLM. I’m not going to do that today.

On Labor Day, I popped open my Twitter feed and noticed that two of my favorite follows, @ScoonTV and @LeonydusJohnson, had showcased innocent black kids killed by random gun violence in 2020. I first noticed Curtis Scoon BLM 101, Volume 7retweeted the faces and short bios of the kids murdered.

“I just re-posted over 30 tweets of black children MURDERED this year. None were killed by police. NONE are household names. Quite a few were 1 yr old. No outcry because there’s no one else to blame. Outsourcing accountability is standard operating procedure for far too many.” — ScoonTV (@ScoonTv) September 7, 2020

Scoon’s tweets led me to Leonydus Johnson’s Twitter page and the original thread that listed 53 black and brown children murdered in 2020. Johnson tweeted a picture and short description listing the date of the tragedies.

Please look at this tweet thread. It’s 53 kids, age one to 12. I know these are tough to look at. But my sincere hope is that this thread helps wake people up. This has to stop.

“Rory Norman was shot and killed in Dallas, TX on Jan. 5th, 2020 after someone shot into his house. He was only 1. — Leonydus Johnson (@LeonydusJohnson) September 4, 2020

How is this not the number 1 social justice story in America? Why have we accepted this carnage? These are children cut down before they have a chance to really experience life.

The answer can’t simply be the social media trope: “Well, the killers will be investigated and prosecuted.” The people who spew that nonsense are unaware that in a lot of major cities most murders go unsolved.

And please don’t tell me that a discussion of “black-on-black crime” is whataboutism, a distraction from police brutality or that 85 percent of white murder victims are killed by white people.

That’s all “dishonest” political debate. The truth is Black Lives Matter has “prioritized” the lives of resisting criminal suspects over the lives of black children.

This is insanity. Look at the faces of those kids. Their names won’t be on an NFL helmet this fall. LeBron James won’t mention them. No celebrity is going to insist that you say their names.

You can’t raise political campaign donations mentioning the name of one-year-old Roy Norman. Al Sharpton and Ben Crump can’t hold news conferences demanding justice and dollars for six-year-old Ashlynn Luckett.  But criminal Jacob Blake is a “hero and martyr.”

Black Lives Matter is a business strategy. It’s not a civil rights movement. Corporations are cutting checks financing “racial awareness” seminars and “social justice” television commercials. It’s all public relations and a tool used by token black employees to play corporate politics.

People with limited skill at their actual jobs spend their workday pretending to be race experts. They advise their white bosses and colleagues on how to play the race public-relations game.

It’s one giant shell game. Black elites using Jacob Blake to advance their careers. No one is seeking justice, an improvement in race relations or better life opportunities for at-risk kids.

Ask the athletes, celebrities and the black elites on your job why they don’t care about the 53 kids listed on Leonydus Johnson’s Twitter feed.

Those black lives don’t matter because there’s no political or corporate advantage to caring about innocent black lives.

Brussel Sprouts

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 7, 2020 by andelino

Let me tell you a story about “Brussels Sprouts.”

Once upon a time…Jacob Blake Sr., the father of Jacob Blake Jr. didn’t want to “answer a question” so he gave this finest “historical” interview on CNN since its “inception” in 1980.

Gay Anderson Cooper interviewed Jacob Blake’s father and asked questions about his son’s “criminal actions” during the event that led to multiple “riots and deaths” in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Here is what the “doting” father replied:

“Brussels sprouts. Jacob Blake’s father gives a mind boggling response to Anderson Cooper.” — Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 29, 2020

Kenosha police union gave their “version” of Jacob Blake’s shooting…

Attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon “chimed” in saying:

“Brussels sprouts are vile, and so are armed, fleeing rapists who disobey police orders during a legitimate arrest stop. — Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) August 29, 2020

Such “clarity” is profound these days, which totally confused “baby purchaser” Anderson Cooper.

Like many spiritual Muslim people, the father spoke in Qur’an “parables.”

This is clearly a reference to the “European Union”, a political and economic union of 27 member states located in Brussels, Belgium and their failures to “unionize” Europe.

“How does this relate to Jacob Blake?” you might ask. The answer is simple.

Failure to unionize leads to “racial disparity,” which leads to police shooting a “black knife wielding wanted criminal”, who was trying to “steal a car and kidnap children”, while being “shot seven times in the back” during a mostly “peaceful resistance of arrest.”

It’s not difficult to understand at all.

Or maybe it was a story about how to tie “Brussels Sprout “ to your belt.

That’s what “Brussels Sprout “ parables do.

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.” — 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.

BLM 101, Volume 1,2,3,4

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 1, 2020 by andelino

Black Lives Matter  101
by Jason Whitlock

I wrote a column explaining why I believe “boycotting” the NBA, the NFL and Major League Baseball because of their embrace of “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) would be ineffective in changing the behavior of the leagues and the athletes.

BLM, in my opinion, is immune to economic forces. The billionaires and countries bankrolling the nationwide anarchy are committed to offsetting the financial losses caused by BLM.

My alternative to boycotting the leagues is a holistic approach of educating the athletes on what they’re actually supporting. BLM is Marxist, anti-religion, anti-nuclear family and racially divisive.

As best I can, I’m going to write a daily piece highlighting the repugnant actions taking place under the Black Lives Matter umbrella. Via social media, I encourage you to copy the link to this series I’m calling “BLM 101” and send it to professional athletes.

Black Lives Matter is a clever slogan. It’s a tremendous beard for wicked actions. If you care about America and love sports, help me educate the athletes. The truth is liberating. The mainstream media deny Americans the truth. Let’s share it.

Here’s BLM 101, Volume 1:

The New York Post wrote about a white Portland man who was dragged from his car by a BLM mob, beaten and kicked unconscious. Click here for the link to the NY Post story.

Andy Ngo, an editor for The Post Millennial, posted video footage of the brutal assault on his Twitter feed.

“GRAPHIC: Rioters in downtown Portland detain man who had a car crash. They force him to sit on the ground while they search his belongings. One of them runs up and kicks him in the head, instantly knocking him out. There are no police.” Video by @FromKalen — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 17, 2020

Defenders of Billionaire Lies Marxist will say one incident and one person can’t be used to discredit an entire movement. Come back tomorrow and I’ll share more.

Please share the link to this story with a professional athlete. Do it politely, free of snark. Let the facts speak for themselves. Our goal isn’t to antagonize. Let’s educate. Keep the faith.

Here’s BLM 101, Volume 2:

Find your seats, boys and girls. It’s time for , my online class dedicated to educating athletes on the real actions and impact of the Black Lives Matter movement.

For those of you who missed the first day of school, here’s a link to some notes you can copy from Volume 1. Today’s lesson comes from Hugo, Minnesota, a tiny rural town 25 miles north of Minneapolis.

Saturday, John Thompson, a candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives, led a Black Lives Matter rally outside the home of Bob Krull, the president of the Minneapolis Police Federation. Thompson is black. Krull is white. Most of the BLM protestors Thompson led were white.

A Minneapolis-based news site Alpha News captured video of Thompson leading a menacing, profanity-laced rally in Krull’s suburban neighborhood. Watch the embedded video below. It looks and feels like a race-reversed KKK-style rally.

John Thompson, who recently won his Primary for 67A in St. Paul, goes off and screams at neighborhood children, residents, and neighbors of Police Union Leader Bob Krull. “Fuck, Hugo Minnesota!”

“BLM protesters gathered today outside Krull’s home.” — Alpha News MN (@AlphaNewsMN) August 15, 2020

An ABC news affiliate, KTSP, reported that Thompson beat an effigy of Krull’s wife while his fist-in-the-air white BLM followers beat an effigy of Krull.

Take a look at the picture of the BLM followers inside the KTSP story. If they opened their fist, it would look like a scene out of 1930s Germany.

This is all taking place in the name of Black Lives Matter, the Marxist-influenced movement that allegedly wants to end racism with racism and fascism.

For some reason, professional athletes and the sports leagues that employ them are ignoring or are unaware of the depraved acts taking place across America in the name of Black Lives Matter.

BLM 101 is dedicated to educating the athletes on what they’re truly supporting. They’re supporting bigotry and a movement that is hostile to all religions.

Please share this link with your favorite athlete via social media. Be polite when sharing. No snark. No condescending message. Just the facts. They speak for themselves.

OK, time for recess. OK, quiet down, boys and girls.

Here’s BLM 101, Volume 3:

As you know, BLM 101 is a class dedicated to educating professional athletes on the real agenda and impact of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

Today’s lesson is a story from Chicago featuring Lesbian mayor Lori Lightfoot. The Chicago Tribune reported that Lightfoot, a supporter of BLM, ordered local police to prevent protestors from demonstrating in her neighborhood. On Thursday Lightfoot defended her ban.

“I think that residents of this city,” Lightfoot told local reporters, “understand the nature of the threats that we are receiving on a daily basis, on a daily basis, understand I have a right to make sure that my home is secure.” 

The Tribune wrote: “Lightfoot refused to elaborate on the specific threats, but said she receives them daily against herself, her wife and her home.”

Equality? That’s the word scrolled on the back of a lot of NBA jerseys. The BLM movement allegedly is about bringing equality to the masses. Does Lori Lightfoot sound equal to the citizens of Chicago? Or has she reserved a special level of treatment for herself and her family?

Are there families in Chicago that don’t deserve protection from the violent, peaceful protestors, looters and vandals circulating Chicago?

Black Lives Matter is a clever slogan. On the surface — as long as you don’t read the BLM website — the agenda of BLM is admirable. BLM is allegedly dedicated to ending systemic racism and making everyone equal. It’s a force as powerful as God.

The reality is BLM imposes inequality and creates racial division. Movements founded in Marxism, socialism and communism always empower a handful of elites and feed the masses hope packaged in slogans.

What we’re seeing in the NBA is the true agenda of BLM. Elite millionaire athletes running up and down basketball courts promoting hope with slogans on their jerseys. Equality!

Meanwhile, Lori Lightfoot, LeBron James and the others in their circle of political influence will use their power, privilege and wealth to keep BLM out of their neighborhoods.

Please share the link to today’s lesson with your favorite professional athlete. No snark. No condescending message. Let’s try to engage the athletes in a healthy debate about the real impact of BLM.

Here’s BLM 101, Volume 4:

BLM 101 is dedicated to educating professional athletes about the negative consequences of the Black Lives Matter movement. BLM 101 makes every effort to avoid snark and ridicule. Today that will be difficult.

OK, let’s head to the NBA Bubble at Disney World and check in with the NBA Police Review Board headed by internal affairs officer LeBron James. From his Florida hotel, Officer James is leading the investigation into the Kenosha, Wisconsin police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake.

Less than 24 hours after Kenosha police shot Blake seven times, James filed his initial report on the incident, tweeting:

“And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the police! Someone please tell me WTF is this?! Exactly another black man being targeted. This shit is so wrong and so sad! Feel so sorry for him, his family and our people! We want justice.”

After acquiring additional information while “moonlighting” as a small forward in a playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Officer James held a press conference to discuss the shooting.

“I know people get tired of hearing me say it, but we are scared as black people in America,” James said. “Black men, black women, black kids, we are terrified.”

James later accused the police of lying. “If you’re sitting here and telling me that there was no way to ‘saydue’ (subdue) that gentleman or detain him or just before firing guns, then you’re sitting here lying to not only me, but you’re lying to every African American, every black person in the community,” James said.

I’m black. I’m not scared. I’m not terrified. Neither is LeBron James. He’s lying. He and the “political activists” controlling him want black people to immerse themselves in “fear.” Fear is a tool used to control people. If you comply with police instructions, there is virtually no chance of an American citizen being harmed by police.

“If you watch the video, there were multiple moments where if they wanted to, they could’ve tackled Blake,” Officer James said. “They could’ve grabbed him. You know? They could’ve done that. And why, why does it always have to get to a point where we see guns firing?”

It’s very difficult to investigate police shootings and play NBA playoff games. Officer James is clearly unaware of a second video that shows police on the opposite side of Blake’s car wrestling with Blake on the ground. Blake escapes the police, gets to his feet and walks to the driver’s side of his vehicle.

I’m sure someone on the “NBA Police Review Board” will show James the second video at some point.

“Quite frankly, it’s disgusting to have multiple cops around and not even thinking about using a Taser,” said Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, one of James’ top police investigators. “And forget about the Taser, just simple combat and taking a man down instead of trying to shoot him.”

Again, the Lakers investigative team is clearly unaware of the second video and reports that police initially tried using a Taser on Blake. James then “speculated” on the mindset of the police officer who shot Blake.

“You have no idea how that cop that day left the house,” James said. “You don’t know if he woke up on the wrong side of the bed. You don’t know if he had an argument at home with his significant other. You don’t know if one of his kids said something to him and he left the house steaming. 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. That’s what it feels like. It just hurts. It hurts.”

I’m sure the Kenosha police are saying the exact same thing about Jacob Blake, who had an active arrest warrant for third-degree sexual assault at the time of the shooting. Blake has previously been arrested for pointing a weapon at people, carrying a concealed weapon into a building and domestic violence.

Did Jacob Blake wake up on the wrong side of the bed Sunday morning?

When I watched the initial viral video showing police shooting Blake in the back I was outraged. I waited to calm down. I sent the video to a couple of friends and discussed it with them. We wondered why it was only 20 seconds. Why was it edited? Was it edited and then released to provoke outrage, fear and rioting?

I decided it was best to wait for additional information before making any sort of comment. I’m still waiting for additional information. This column is not a defense of the police or vilification of Blake.

LeBron James has more than 40 million followers on Twitter. Doesn’t he have a “moral responsibility” to be informed and measured before commenting on a controversy that could inspire “civil” unrest? What’s the harm in waiting 48 hours, 72 hours or a week?

Is James intentionally being used as an “agent of chaos?” His logic is consistent with the logic of white bigots. James uses occasional anecdotes to make sweeping negative generalizations about white police officers.

“And y’all wonder why we say what we say about police!” James’ Twitter feed reads like a transcript from a KKK rally. Can’t you hear the Grand Wizard of the Klan shouting to his followers in the aftermath of O.J. Simpson?

“And y’all wonder why we say what we say about black people!” LeBron James foolishly thinks he’s overseeing the police. He’s overseeing the black KKK. He’s promoting “racism.” He’s demonizing a group of white people based on the behavior of a few.

As a black man that sort of “racist tactic” should be terrifying. That racist tactic was used to deny us freedom in this country. No one who professes to care about the welfare of black people would adopt the tactics of white bigots.

Bigots, regardless of color, have a common trait. Ignorance. Ignorance fuels their ego. Information is their enemy. They avoid it at all costs. Negative anecdotes frame their worldview.

“Bigotry” has subdued and detained LeBron James.

Black Lives Matter is a clever Twitter hashtag designed to spread “racial division.” Twitter baits and rewards “racial demagoguery.” James is addicted to social media. His bigotry is no surprise.

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