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    Lightbulb White America, Itís Time to Take a Knee





    For the past month Iíve watched lots of white Americans lose their minds in response to Colin Kaepernick and other NFL playerís peaceful National Anthem protests. Iíve seen them question these young menís patriotism, malign their motives, attack their methods, and treat them with the kind of open contempt usually reserved for serial killers and child molesters.

    For simply taking a knee during a football pre game in an effort to foster a conversation about the deaths of young men of color at the hands of police, these men have been made into the enemy by so much of white America. In some twisted, ironic, almost laughable missing of the pointóitís somehow become the angry black manís fault for disparaging his country.

    And today, as the footage of unarmed father of four Terence Crutcherís public execution goes viral, Iíve been looking to these same people for some semblance of grief at his passing, some anger at the circumstances of his death, some outrage at the sickening deja vu these images are manufacturing.

    But Iím finding none of these things. Instead Iím finding victim blaming and rationalizing and lots of efforts to tell us why our eyes arenít seeing what theyíre seeing.

    I know what my eyes see.

    They see humanity ignored, they see fear metastasized, and they see white people excusing away murder instead of facing the brutal truth that maybe institutional racism is real and maybe Colin Kaepernick and his brethren are worth listening to, and maybe they shouldnít be vilified outliers that weíre trying to shut-up.

    Maybe we should all be kneeling right now.


    White friends, if your immediate response to the shooting of Terence Crutcher is to try and justify why heís dead, you may be the problem here. If you arenít greatly burdened with grief for his family and you arenít moved with compassion for the way scenes like this repeatedly kick people of color in the gut, you need to ask yourself some difficult questions about your own patriotism, your own appreciation of freedom, your own civic responsibility. You need to ask yourself whether youíre really for Libertyóor just white comfort.

    Because from where Iím standing, I see Colin Kaepernick and those like him doing what many of you arenít doing. I see them trying to keep more people from dying. I see them doing something to stop the bleeding instead of trying to make peace with it. I see them being the best of America in the face of the worst of America.

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    http://johnpavlovitz.com/2016/09/20/...to+Take+a+Knee

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    I don't understand the connection between the National Anthem and white people "excusing away murder". Actually I really don't see white people "excusing away murder" so I think the author is completely full of $#@!.
    I find your lack of faith...disturbing...

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    It's amazing how some people are more offended by a black man taking a knee than a black men getting shot on the street for no reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by decedent View Post
    It's amazing how some people are more offended by a black man taking a knee than a black men getting shot on the street for no reason.
    Some people think Black Men are suppose to be submissive and do what they are told ...

    Sorry to tell them, those days are over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decedent View Post
    It's amazing how some people are more offended by a black man taking a knee than a black men getting shot on the street for no reason.
    It's amazing how people make up arguments about the feelings of white people.
    I find your lack of faith...disturbing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cigar View Post
    Some people think Black Men are suppose to be submissive and do what they are told ...

    Sorry to tell them, those days are over.
    Some people believe in aliens too...
    I find your lack of faith...disturbing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Private Pickle View Post
    It's amazing how people make up arguments about the feelings of white people.
    What's wrong, not feeling special anymore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Private Pickle View Post
    Some people believe in aliens too...
    Maybe there is a Planet you can be Special again ... happy trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cigar View Post
    What's wrong, not feeling special anymore?
    Never felt special.... Not sure why this debate is now about me... Actually yeah I am... You enjoy Ad Homs.
    I find your lack of faith...disturbing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cigar View Post
    Maybe there is a Planet you can be Special again ... happy trails.
    Is that what you want for all white people? To "go away".
    I find your lack of faith...disturbing...

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