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Excellent Black American Role Models Are Being Erased From History

Rod Thomson

There is a tragedy of historical and philosophical ignorance that is benefitting a tiny handful of people at the expense and well-being of the vast majority of black Americans.

This tragedy is the ongoing, purposeful scrubbing from the education system the history of successful, self-reliant black Americans before the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s, and the reason for their success and that of large numbers of other blacks.

The leading black American at the turn of the 20th century was Booker T. Washington, whose approach was the virtual opposite of today’s grievance-focused approach that looks to government for personal progress. Washington, born into slavery, thought the black man’s best hope lay in personal responsibility, education, entrepreneurship, business and family. And indeed, there were great economic gains arising from that until the 1970s.

The result of this erasure of Washington and others (such as Frederick Douglass) is that black Americans have ever more intently looked to government, ironically still run largely by the dominant race of white Americans, for their future success. This means too many black Americans’ reliance ultimately rests on the largesse of white people, the total opposite of what was being promoted successfully for 60 years after the Civil War.

The Civil Rights Movement was an imperative for black Americans and the strength of all of America, crushing the last poisons of fully institutionalized racism (at least until hiring quotas, affirmative action and intersectionality began reintroducing the poison.) But if it had been married to the earlier teachings of Washington the result almost assuredly would have been a dynamic, black community in full competition with white and Asian Americans.

Washington was born into slavery in 1856, but grew from emancipation to be an American educator, author, orator, advisor to multiple presidents of the United States and for a quarter century until his death in 1915 was the dominant leader in the American black community.

He was a forceful proponent of black-owned businesses and a founder of the National Negro Business League. Based at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama as lynchings in the South peaked in 1895, Washington delivered his “Atlanta compromise” speech. He called for black progress through education and entrepreneurship, rather than trying to challenge directly the Jim Crow segregation and the disenfranchisement of black voters in the South. (Although he quietly helped those who were fighting the Jim Crow laws.) He felt blacks best situation would be had by being self-reliant.

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Washington mobilized and led a broad, nationwide coalition of the growing middle-class of blacks, church leaders who were not so much political as Christian, and white philanthropists and politicians who supported his vision. His goal was the long-term, foundational building of the black community’s economic strength and pride through self-help and schooling. In this way, black Americans would not be reliant on the government or the largesse of white people. And their economic strength would naturally integrate them into the American capitalistic culture.

This was precisely what was happening and can be seen in the economic growth among black Americans that erupted in the immediate aftermath of civil rights laws dismantling legal discrimination. This short era was while the concept of self-help was still dominant — before the welfare culture took hold.

According to an in-depth study by the University of Indiana:

“For both African–American men and women, the greatest improvement in labour income relative to their White counterparts occurred in the 1960s and 1970s (Donohue 2007, pp. 1424–25). In the 1960s, African-American men and women of all age groups enjoyed positive growth relative to their White counterparts, with the men enjoying growth rates ranging from 6.5 percent to 21.8 percent, and the women enjoying growth rates ranging from 23.5 percent to 38.7 percent.”

These high growth numbers are actually above the rate of income growth for whites during the same period, meaning that the gap was being closed. Black Americans made their biggest strides in closing the economic gap with white Americans at a time when the self-reliant ethos of Booker T. Washington and others was still somewhat intact, and discrimination laws had been eliminated.

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Unfortunately, going forward, the black labor participation rate that was 90 percent in 1970, plummeted to 77 percent by 2010. The white rate went from 95 percent to 91 percent in the same time period. Of course, this was the same time period in which the Great Society took hold.

There are many other data points showing that blacks were closing the gap on whites at a quick pace economically until the welfare state took hold most deeply among black Americans. Then progress not just slowed, but stopped and in some ways went backward. We see more black people in public, successful positions now but that is because of both opportunities and certain advantages that have been created for black Americans tend to accrue to those that already “have,” compared to those who “have not.”

Classic result of state-driven social policies.

Washington understood much of what was happening in his time and what could happen if black Americans took the path that was ultimately taken. His words both lift and inspire — not just black Americans, but all Americans — just as Martin Luther King’s do.

Here are some of his fascinating and worthy insights. (Language is time-stamped. If you are offended, avoid all history and pretend it didn’t exist. But you probably have not read this far if you are of that nature.) You see how Washington consistently looks at the individual, at the character of the man as MLK pointed to, not any outside forces. He is actually far more in the traditional American mode than any of today’s progressives of any race.

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

“Character, not circumstances, makes the man.”

“Of all forms of slavery there is none that is so harmful and degrading as that form of slavery which tempts one human being to hate another by reason of his race or color. One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.”

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”

“Men may make laws to hinder and fetter the ballot, but men cannot make laws that will bind or retard the growth of manhood. We went into slavery a piece of property; we came out American citizens. We went into slavery pagans; we came out Christians. We went into slavery without a language; we came out speaking the proud Anglo-Saxon tongue. We went into slavery with slave chains clanking about our wrists; we came out with the American ballot in our hands.”

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And these two, that could with little imagination, attach to some current so-called “civil rights” leaders afflicting the county and American blacks:

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

“I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”

It’s truly a tragedy that Washington’s legacy has been erased, that so few students learn of him today, and that we have turned our back on the wisdom of his life and insights.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Racist Poison Is Being Injected Into Journalism Students

Rod Thomson

While we were working as a nation to cleanse the American body of the poison of racism against blacks — a long, painful endeavor that was finally finding considerable success in the latter half of the 20th century — a different poison was being introduced into the body: racism against whites. Full out, white people are inherently, genetically evil racism.

That statement may have sounded extreme a few years ago. No more. It is mainstreaming now right under our noses and, like so many damaging ideas of recent years, it is flowering among the leftists that oppress our nation’s college campuses.

And few schools on our college campuses are as open to radicalism as the schools of mass communication, which still churn out journalists by the tens of thousands under faculty imprinted groupthink.

So it was no surprise that the University of California’s USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism recently displayed a large banner entitled “Dismantle Whiteness and Misogyny.” Make no mistake. This is supported by the faculty radicals — radicals by normal American standards, but not by university standards.

Communications Professor Alison Trope told The College Fix that the mural’s wildly racist content is designed to spark a dialogue — a favorite euphemism of the left for attacking those who disagree — as though there has been no dialogue on the topic in this country.

Further, Trope, who teaches the next generation of journalists, said: “To that end, the signage is meant to offer grounding of terms and ideas.”

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Grounding. So for Trope and the rest, the grounding for this idea is not the high ideals that all people are created in the image of God, and all people have inalienable rights granted by God which cannot be destroyed by man. No, the “grounding” is that whiteness is a blot on America and whites by dint of being white institutionalized organizing principles of racial oppression.

Further, it is supported by journo students, too.

Here’s an example. Students told the Daily Trojan that the mural should have been in a much more visible part of campus. “It wasn’t disruptive enough in my environment,” senior communication major Claire Porter told the paper. She’ll be fairly and objectively reporting your news next year.

The artists, When Women Disrupt, who did the mural do these all over the country. This is from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Facebook page:

When Women Disrupt (WWD) is an art collective, who in collaboration with students from the USC Annenberg class “Women: Designing Media for Social Change,” presented their pieces, led workshops and became part of a larger conversation about race, intersectionality and misogyny. Other keywords and topics discussed the subjectivity of “whiteness,” a term discussed among WWD –– which refers to an organizing principle that shapes institutions, policies and social relations.

One of the lasting highlights was a body of art work they created in dialogue with students which is featured on the walls of the entrance of the east lobby of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The intent was to spark conversation and dialogue – and encourage reflection and critical thinking.

The work was sponsored by the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment (IDEA) and USC Visions and Voices.

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They pretty clearly state that whiteness is an organizing principle shaping life — for white people. If they mean the tribalism that is easy to fall into for many groups of people, including but not limited to race, then sure. But they don’t. They mean white people, specifically. This is openly racist. Here is more from a flyer the group hands out:

“WWD’s intention is to provoke greater discussion and thinking about the institutionalized and everyday systems of power and representation that reinforce racism, patriarchy, and inequality.”

Remember, on the Facebook page they posit that whiteness “refers to an organizing principle that shapes institutions” and then on their flyer they talk about “institutionalized” racism. This is not hard. Whiteness, inherent obviously among white people, institutionalizes racism. The fact that such institutions are not named — except sometimes “the police,” but then never with specificity beyond an individual incident, which by definition is not institutional — and no evidence is offered, does not stop the continued repetition of this falsity as truth.

The clear meaning is that white people are genetically racist. This actually aligns with what Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has been saying for decades — that white people are “devils.” He is one of the worst people in terms of spewing hatred while continually being given a platform among the left, including the Congressional Black Caucus, not to mention, Facebook and Youtube.

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The artists that are part of When Women Disrupt portray their clearly racist work around the country and are comfortable on college campuses. Are they just extremists? Less all the time. They have been featured in such major media publications as New York Times, Huffington Post, CNN, NPR, New York Magazine, MSNBC, Time magazine, Fast Company and more. That’s a lot of mostly glowing coverage.

It’s not really surprising that these people and their overt racism would be welcome not just on college campuses, but in schools of journalism. Because journalists are increasingly leftist activists. They are being trained to be just that as they exit with their degrees and head to newspapers, networks and online media sites nationwide. They imbibe, absorb and promulgate this racist poison. It’s hard to see how that changes since they are birthed into the system this way. They equate all of this leftist racism with good journalism.

This is unbelievably dangerous territory, and definitively explains the attraction for too many to the return to tribalism that animates the alt right. There was no alt right to speak of 10 to 15 years ago. They are a reactionary grouping. And if they fade, others more dangerous will rise in this environment.

Because racism inevitably begets more racism. It is a vicious, bloody, hateful cycle that we were breaking in this country, and that the left is re-inserting.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Trump Dismantling Terrible Obama Policy That Spiked School Violence

Rod Thomson

The Trump Administration is methodically working its way through the reams of poor decisions, terrible policies and total failures haunting us from Obama’s eight years — from Syria, Iran, Russia and ISIS on the international front to crushing regulations, taxes and IRS/AG corruption on the domestic front. It’s a Herculean task.

The most likely next target on the list is the appalling Obama Department of Education policy on penalizing schools for having “disparate” rates of discipline, which has turned too many school districts across the country into increasingly violent zones because administrators cannot rid the schools of dangerous students. This policy may have played into why no law enforcement actions were ever taken against the Parkland shooter, even with all of the now known evidence.

The disparate impacts concept is a terrible philosophy and worse policy. It assumes that any racial disparity from what the averages would dictate is a result of racism, either by individuals or systemically. So if 40 percent of a school’s students are black, but blacks make up 60 percent of suspensions, that disparity is assumed to be the result of racism at the school. It discounts the possibility of action resulting in consequences and blames prison time on the arrest and not the crime for which the person was arrested.

As we wrote recently, this disparate impact concept works hand in glove with the Progessive Left’s constant stoking of racial tensions for political power and social justice agendas.

So the Obama administration, chock full of such progressives from the top down, issued a federal directive in 2014 from both the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice threatening schools that receive federal funding — which is most public schools — with loss of funding and federal investigation if they failed to reduce such disparities in their schools. The disparities range from discipline to suspension to arrests and criminal charges.

“The premise underlying this Obama policy was completely false,” said Heather MacDonald, an education expert at the Manhattan Institute. “It assumes without even trying to prove that there can be no behavioral disparities between black and white students.”

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Most public schools will jump through any hoops they must in order to not lose some money, and so most responded in the worst possible way, but possibly the only way, by simply not disciplining, suspending or maybe even arresting students they normally would have.

As the New York Post reports, more than 300 schools are now under investigation because of this policy, even while many are responding accordingly by allowing dangerous and disruptive students to remain in class in order to not lose some federal money.

New York City schools had such disparate impacts (as do virtually all city school districts in the nation) and responded accordingly.

Max Eden, another education policy expert at the Manhattan Institute, said surveys show schools with predominantly minority students have been hit hardest by the resulting breakdown in discipline, with violence and chaos mushrooming out of control in urban districts. Yes, because one of the few constancies with modern liberalism is that the people supposedly intended to be helped by progressive policies are hurt the most.

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The Post reports: “While NYC school suspensions are down, crime has spiked in the city’s public schools, including major crimes such as robbery and arson, new NYPD data show. The current academic year has seen the first school murder in more than 20 years — a stabbing at a Bronx high school — and the first time a gun was fired inside a (NYC) school in more than 15 years.”

New York Education Department data shows that rapes and other sex crimes are soaring at the city’s schools.

Democrats and civil-rights groups say that the policy regulations are a critical tool to protect black students from the systemic racism of teachers and administrators in public schools. Ironically, it only protects bad-behaving black students, while good behaving black and white students suffer the most.

None of this should come as a surprise. Disparate impacts is simply another way of stoking racial fervor — while also teaching young blacks that they are not responsible for their own actions — not actually solving any systemic racism. That is a lesson bound to redound terribly for those young blacks, and for other blacks in their communities.

However, it looks possible that the Parkland school shooter may have been the beneficiary of those policies. In 2013, the Broward County School Board entered into an agreement with local law-enforcement agencies designed to limit the number of school arrests and reduce the so-called “school-to-prison” path. The result was simply not arresting students who otherwise would have been. It explains why no actions were ever taken by the Democrat-run Broward County Sheriff’s Department or the Democrat-run Broward County School District. And that nexus has brought a bright and urgent light on the policy.

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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has her department lawyers and staffers reviewing the policy and seeking to replace it with a much more narrowly defined policy that does not rely on disparate impact doctrine nonsense. Apparently, just eliminating it, however, could leave schools feeling politically pressured to continue the regulation. So writing a new, narrower, more sound policy is under consideration.

This would be an education reform that would directly help black students in city schools. Undoubtedly, most Americans support getting dangerous students out of schools.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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New York Times Buries Surprise Study Results To Stoke Racism

Rod Thomson

A hallmark of the modern Democratic Party and Progressive Left in America is keeping racial tensions high. Whether affirmative action reverse discrimination — which is just discrimination — or college quotas or disparate impacts of any variety, the Left sees and lives through a prism of race either for social justice purposes or for cultural power purposes or electoral purposes.

The goal of racial harmony most certainly does not fit anywhere in the spectrum.

A recent New York Times article demonstrates this dynamic perfectly, and adds to the overflowing pot of evidence that most traditional media organizations can simply not be trusted to report honestly on race, along with the pantheon of other political and cultural issues.

In a story under the headline, “Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys,” the Times gives a factually gerrymandered take on a study that actually showed much bigger issues and, by the way, included data debunking the disparity-as-racism mantra.

But no political agenda is to be sidetracked with facts. Therefore the Times reported that young black men trail young white men brought up in similar socio-economic circumstances because America is still a widely racist country:

“Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of millions of children. White boys who grow up rich are likely to remain that way. Black boys raised at the top, however, are more likely to become poor than to stay wealthy in their own adult households...Gaps persisted even when black and white boys grew up in families with the same income, similar family structures, similar education levels and even similar levels of accumulated wealth.”

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For progressives, and that is who writes for the Times, the conclusion is systemic racism. Actually, it was the conclusion before the study, as the Times publishes this sort of bad reporting all the time to fit their agenda. Because while that single data point certainly suggests racism as a possibility (as long as we never consider personal behavior as having consequences) it ignores more data that is counterfactual to its conclusion.

Here’s where: The actual study says this disparity does not apply to black women who are brought up in similar socio-economic circumstances as white women.

From the study: “No such income gap exists between black and white women raised in similar households…black women earn slightly more than white women conditional on parent income.”

Further counterfactual: “Black women have higher college attendance rates than white men, conditional on parental income.”

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Well that’s a whole lot of data totally undermining the racism part. If black women do slightly better than white women in similar upbringings, according to this study, and white men do better than black men in similar upbringings, it seems the one thing that is clear is that race is not the disparity driver. Perhaps sexism? But if so, it is reverse sexism from what the intersectionalists say, where a woman is more aggrieved than a man. This study also undermines that thesis.

This turns it all on its head and completely undermines the idea of the “punishing reach of racism” trumpeted in the Times’ headline. But the Times, pursuing an agenda, not journalism, just takes the single data point to try to demonstrate systemic racism. It never asks or pursues the more likely possibility that young black men are making different choices than young white men, young white women and young black women. And here is a big reason for that: If it were the case, en masse, it would suggest a cultural deficiency. And in the age of punishing political correctness, such honest questions cannot be asked.

And so the Times deeply downplays that data on black women flourishing, focusing on the disparity of black men not flourishing. They quote Ibram Kendi, a professor and director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. “…for whatever reason, we’re unwilling to stare racism in the face.”

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Real journalists would note that Professor Kendi has an inherent bias here. He’s the director of nothing if there is no serious racism in America. The Times loses a major progressive agenda issue if there is no serious racism in America. The Democratic Party loses a powerful electoral weapon if there is no serious racism in America.

All of them have an incentive to keep stoking the fires that America is a deeply racist country. And they do so, to the profound detriment of the country.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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The Ugly Reason For Durbin’s Claim of Trump’s “Sh**hole” Comment

Rod Thomson

Lost in the ongoing poopy-storm surrounding what President Trump may or may not have said regarding the relative sanitary conditions of certain third-world countries, is this perhaps larger question:

Why did Sen. Dick Durbin do it? Why did the Illinois Democrat, with only a passing relationship with the truth, run to the media to claim Trump called some awful third-world countries poopy-holes?

Whether Trump said it or not, and whether this is more evidence that he is racist, has been debated and analyzed ad nauseum for what feels like an eternity in this era of a new news cycle every few hours. For a possibly fictional story about the President using a bad word in a meeting, it sure is hanging on. And for good reason — the same reason Durbin sprinted to the cameras with his tale.

Democrats don’t want an immigration deal. They do not want any immigration solution short of 100 percent of what they are asking for across the board.  What do they want?

The issue. Specifically, a galvanizing issue to inflame the Latino vote. In the same way they continually stoke racial tensions (and in this case, it’s a two-fer) to gin up black voter turnout and support, they need Hispanics angry and frightened to obtain their voter turnout and support. They believe that making Republicans look intransigent against “brown” people, and forcing “dreamers” out of the country will accomplish that. Based on how the media is guaranteed to dishonestly cover such an issue, they are probably right in their calculations.

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Consider: If we seriously began solving race relations and immigration issues, how could Democrats drum up 70 percent of the Latino vote and 90 percent of the black vote? If those minorities did not feel the need for Democrats to alternately protect them from Republicans and give them other Americans’ stuff, why would they need the Democrats? Electorally speaking, without those margins, Democrats could not expect any chance of winning.

If this analysis is true — and it is for Democratic leadership based on all past and current actions, including Obama’s endless race-baiting when he had a chance to lead the nation in real reconciliation — that says something truly cold and ugly about Democratic leadership. (Democratic leadership as opposed to many rank-and-file Democratic voters we may know personally who follow the sound bites and spin and actually may want the best for minorities and not just electoral leverage. They just believe the spin on Republicans because they trust the media. Not their first mistake.)

What this says is that it appears Democratic leadership would rather Americans suffer, even Americans that make up their loyal voting base, than risk losing electoral advantage. It’s not like there are not Republicans who act this way, too. Of course there are. But this is just on marching display in front of us for Democrats.

Dick Durbin either saw or made up the chance to tank the negotiations. It’s hard to see any other motive. Making Trump personally look bad could have waited until the following day, or that afternoon, as that is pretty much all the media does now.

This was a different motive than simple anti-Trumpism. Far more cold-hearted and cynical. Sorry, loyal minority Democratic voters. Your party seems to be just using and abusing you.

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Well, Identity Politics Has Ruined Halloween

Rod Thomson

Halloween has gone from being a time for kids to dress up — and a kind of creepy and uncomfortable time for adults to dress up and drink and act like kids — to a minefield of political correctness that would require a team of Army sappers to navigate without politically incorrect explosions ending careers.

This year’s increased round of dizzying intersectional dogma for Halloween came as Redbook and Cosmopolitan responded to an article by Sachi Feris in raceconscious.org (a wonderful site, surely.) Feris wrote that her five-year-old daughter wanted to be Moana. But well-indoctrinated mommy fretted that would be “cultural appropriation.”

Her five-year-old’s second choice was just a problematic: Queen Elsa from the movie “Frozen.” Mom Feris wrote “I had some reservations regarding both costume choices…about cultural appropriation and the power/privilege carried by Whiteness, and about Whiteness and standards of beauty,” she wrote. This went viral on liberal mommy Facebook groups, where white moms everywhere realized with terror they couldn’t find a way out of the racist maze.

I’m sure that somehow makes sense in Feris’ mind, or she is just regurgitating what has been forced down her throat until she believes that two plus two sometimes equals five. (Read 1984!) But the obvious conundrum was that her white daughter would be racist if she wore Moana because it would be cultural appropriation. But the girl would also be racist if she wore Else because of her white privilege and oppressive history.

So Redbook and Cosmopolitan magazines gave some very lectury advice to moms of white girls (everyone else is apparently fine) that offered such head-spinning contradictory expectations that it would be better to just stay home.

The uberfeminist magazines helpfully explained to ignorant, privileged white moms how to properly dress their girls this halloween regarding Disney princesses — those dangerous Disney princesses! — without: 1) being racist; 2) appropriating minority cultures; or 3) perpetuating white supremacy.

So yeah, like Feris realized, it’s a very small window.

 

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Here’s how it works.

The magazines tell white moms to avoid costumes outside their race. That’s the first one. So Moana is super-duper popular right now with little girls. But the dress nazis say, don’t do it! Why? It’s cultural appropriation. Duh. What’s wrong with you?

OK, for the unwashed outside our superiors on the Coasts and campuses, cultural appropriation is where, say, a white person wears dreadlocks. They can rightly get bullied and beat up by people of color because they are appropriating a non-white cultural appearance. Yes. It happens. Check YouTube. But the definition is as expansive as a non-white deems it to be because they have moral authority, according to the deep-fried insanity known as intersectionality.

Now some major confusion occurs on this point because we have been lectured by the same lefty elites for decades about the glories of multiculturalism, that all cultures are equally fantastic and that we should appreciate and enjoy other cultures. Under that rubric, one would have thought that honoring a Polynesian princess (even a fictional one where an island comes to life) would be a very good thing for people of other races to do— imitation being the sincerest form of flattery.

But no, you racist!

It seems according to the dress cops, that we cannot truly appreciate the Polynesian culture (failure of the tourism industry) and pretending we can for a few hours just belittles that culture. It’s offensive. If you’re white, you wouldn’t understand because you are the oppressor.

The Exorcist girl’s head didn’t spin this badly. Please understand, this is not some exception. This is the growing rule.

 

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It really blew up two years ago nationally — but had been driving its weedy roots into campuses for years — when longtime Yale Professor Nicholas Christakis and his wife, Erika, were forced out of their faculty-in-residence positions because they thought students should be treated as adults during Halloween — and, gulp, either not take offense or discuss the issue like civilized people.

Erika, an early childhood education expert, opposes adults “over-policing” children’s behavior. She is a card-carrying liberal, as is her husband. Yale administrators for intercultural affairs sent a campus-wide email telling Yale students to avoid “culturally unaware or insensitive choices” for Halloween costumes. Erika responded with an email of her own, agreeing with “genuine concerns about cultural” appropriation and applauding the “spirit” of trying to avoid hurting others. But she asked whether students were well-served by administrators over-policing student norms.

“Have we lost faith in young people’s capacity — in your capacity — to exercise self-censure, through social norming, and also in your capacity to ignore or reject things that trouble you?” she asked. “Whose business is it to control the forms of costumes of young people? It’s not mine, I know that.”

Pretty reasonable…well, not today when reason has left the room. But Erika added this from her husband: “Nicholas says, if you don’t like a costume someone is wearing, look away, or tell them you are offended. Talk to each other. Free speech and the ability to tolerate offense are the hallmarks of a free and open society.”

Well that seems like pretty darn good advice. So naturally, there were riots. The pitchforks and torches out to storm the castle. This was in the petition signed by endless students and jelly faculty:

“You ask students to ‘look away’ if costumes are offensive, as if the degradation of our cultures and people, and the violence that grows out of it is something that we can ignore…we were told to meet the offensive parties head on, without suggesting any modes or means to facilitate these discussions to promote understanding.”

How can we talk with people who disagree with us without someone to lead us?!? These students seem beautifully molded to be either tyrants or slaves, but hardly free people.

Campuses everywhere are being proactive to “protect” their students in this minefield.

It is so complicated, a magazine published by Ohio State University created an entire flowchart called “Is Your Costume Racist?” to help students dress without offense. They key question through the chart is: “Are you white?” If yes, that changes everything. In the chart, the only costume where there is no issue on race is “Does it make fun of Donald Trump?” Flow part arrow points to: “Do it!”

Just a one-off? I keep saying, this thinking is a contagion on college campuses. The University of Texas created a 29-point checklist for dressing for Halloween without offending. The University’s Bias Response Team  — I am not kidding, this is rampant — urges students to report any “party with a racist theme.” Of course, as we can see, determining what is not racist according to the dress cops is all but impossible.

Bottom line, best to just stay home and eat broccoli.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.

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IN-DEPTH: Disproving the 7 Accusations that Trump is Racist

Rod Thomson

The evidence that President Trump is a racist hovers between thin gruel and nonexistent. The acceptance as fact that everyone knows he is a racist — by all the smart people on the left that are incapable of actually proving it — says a lot more about those people than Trump.

Yet it has become religious canon among many Americans that Trump is a racist. And for too many within that group, anyone who voted for Trump is not only a racist, but also necessarily approves of every facet of Trump’s past and present and every thing he says, does and tweets. Sixty-three million racists!

This is where we stand in an age where a President of the United States is not only hated beyond all reason, but that hatred has seriously affected the faculties of otherwise relatively smart people to actually take a rational position. All is yelling and pronouncing “facts” with nothing supportive, but to the applause of fellow inhabitants of the Trump Derangement silo.

We cannot necessarily help them with their derangement, beyond laying out the basic case that knocks down each “reason” that is given as evidence for Trump’s racism.

Much of this list comes from some of the smarter people I know who are Liberals and Trump haters, because not all Trump haters are liberals, but all liberals seem to be Trump haters.

 

1) Cancelling DACA racist

DACA was almost assuredly unconstitutional before Trump cancelled the Obama executive order with his own executive order.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was Obama’s action granting a form of amnesty to children who came here illegally by their parents, not of their own volition. Previously, Obama had said on several occasions that he did not have the authority to do what some people wanted him to do, and simply use his pen to make them legal. He was right.

However, Congress voted the proposal down repeatedly (which by the definition of those charging Trump’s act here proves racism, means more than half of Congress at the time was also racist — which it is possible some may actually believe.) So Obama decided if Congress wouldn’t act, he would — exactly what the Constitution constrains a president from doing and why the courts were set to strike down DACA. (Which means the courts are racist, too?)

Trump undid an unconstitutional action and set federal policy in line with the majority vote in Congress and the law. Citing that as evidence of racism is the weakest of cases.

 

2) The Muslim ban racist

This one is just so easily felled, despite being an article of faith on the left.

There simply was no “Muslim ban.” That was entirely made up by Democrats and the mainstream media — who are the same people — and a phrase that even Fox News used. Journalist are very pack-oriented creatures. They all used that terminology, which is just despicably bad reporting. It is factually impossible to call it a Muslim ban. It is the fakest of all fake news spins.

It was a ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries which the State Department labeled either terrorist countries or hosts for terrorist organizations. They represented only 12 percent of all Muslims worldwide, meaning more than 88 percent of Muslims — almost 9 out of 10 — retained their travel rights here. That is by any definition not a “Muslim ban.”

Side note, Obama labeled the same countries the same way and increased travel restrictions. Even Obama recognized the increased threat from those countries. Trump merely took it a step further as he promised to do during his campaign. There is no way to honestly view this as even moderately radical or racist.

Alas, it continues to be used to call Trump both radical and racist by those calling Trump a bigot and a racist.

 

3) Criminal justice reform racist

Criminal justice reform? This could range from how to deal with the opioid epidemic to stopping racist police brutality and ending racist judicial sentencing. The problem is that most of this conversation is based upon yet another set of duplicitous assumptions and accusations. Whenever reforms are proposed, they are founded on the factually unsupportable charge that blacks are the victims of systemic racism in arrests, charges and incarcerations.

There seems to be absolutely no actual evidence of systemic racial injustice in the American criminal justice system. This is not about anecdotal incidents. There certainly are those. But any reforms or policies based on anecdotes and Youtube videos are bound to be awful reforms and policies.

Data — concrete, actual facts — based on crimes committed and incarceration shows some slight differences at the margins, which can be studied for causality, but is not the major driving bogeymen some want to make it out to be. Just as is the case with the charge that there is an epidemic of cops killing unarmed black men. Actually, black suspects are significantly more likely to be shot by black police officers than white. Last year, according to a Washington Post study, only 16 unarmed black men, out of a population of more than 20 million black men, were killed by police. That figure is less than the number of black men hit by lightning. Hardly an epidemic.

There is a wealth of information in this Wikipedia entry on the subject, which includes more citations than probably anyone could ever get through.

 

4) Immigration policy racist

This charge of racism continues to make the head shake.

The majority of Americans want some type of “reform” when it is asked broadly. But they may be thinking of anything from legalizing 12 million illegals to building the wall and sending 12 million illegals home. So when we talk about the specifics, there is no clear support — except for enforcing existing law when asked, which it rarely is.

A big part of the problem stems from the endless media fudging on being honest in describing illegal aliens — a proper legal term for people to live here illegally — with just “immigrants” not even illegal immigrants. “We’re a nation built on immigrants!” liberals and politicking Democrats intone haughtily, and informed conservatives respond as one, “Legal immigrants!…Stop lying!”

A perfectly reasonable policy would be to first secure the southern border and visa overstays. No conservatives (not always sure about Republicans) will accept deals like Democrats reneged on with Ronald Reagan in the 1980s where everyone is legalized and then we secure the borders but the secure-the-borders part never happens.

It would be terrific to have a conversation on which immigrants are good for America — PhDs, engineers, entrepreneurs, techies, etc. — which is a really reasonable and productive conversation. Such immigrants are an important part of the mix so that we can maintain the powerful capitalistic dynamic that can then also give opportunities to the low-skilled citizens already here and the low-skilled who are immigrating here. But all must legal. Democrats and some Chamber Republicans don’t want to have that conversation.

The political reality is the Democrats like having the issue to run on to try to whip up higher percentages of Hispanic voters — remember, their strategies always rely on dividing Americans and pitting us against each other. So they are only willing to give up the issue if they get full legalization of 12 million new residents who will vote 65 percent for Democrats. Otherwise, they want to keep the issue for election and fundraising.

Republicans are the obstructionists. And racists. 

 

5) Opposing NFL Protests racist

This issue has been covered to death, including on this site here on why the NFL is wrong to allow the disrespect, and here on how taxpayers inadvertently subsidize the protests and here asking if it is time to tune out the NFL. But regarding the charges of racism, again it is pretty easy to disprove.

The charge is leveled because the NFL is about 70 percent black, ipso facto Trump is only criticizing the protestors of the National Anthem because they are black, or mostly black.

But he had not criticized them for anything else. And he has not criticized the NBA, which is nearly 80 percent black. But he has criticized the owners of the NFL teams — who could respond to the anti-police, anti-flag, anti-Americanism of the protest. And they are all rich white males, just like him. That does not sound like someone who is racist or prefers only people like himself.

It just sounds like someone who loves both the country and its primary symbols. Kind of refreshing.

 

6) Response to Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico racist

Lest you think all of this craziness is not really happening, all the time, here’s what a CNN columnist said about the problems afflicting Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Naturally, Trump was blamed for a slow federal response because he doesn’t like “brown people.”

“Nothing in the tweets President Donald Trump sent out Saturday morning criticizing the people of Puerto Rico and the commonwealth’s female mayor revealed anything new about his character. But his supporters’ continued defense of him in the face of such behavior revealed theirs. That’s a bigger threat to our democracy than anything Trump could do, except start WWIII. Trump is a small man who has been given a big job for which he has no real qualifications because he is a rich white man in a country that has long believed rich white men are, by default, always the most qualified candidates.”

(Note, both “brown” people and the “female” mayor are part of this narrative — because he’s a misogynist, too, of course. The fact that Trump similarly savaged every white male opponent in the Republican Primary —  little Marco, low-energy Jeb, lying Ted — seems to have escaped the tunnel vision of another liberal blinded by Trump hatred. Naturally, the author, who goes on to call all Trump supporters racist, is a public policy college professor. Wonderful.)

So again, for the Left, whenever anything goes wrong, there is never personal responsibility or the attempt to learn from it. Hurricane Katrina devastated the most corrupt city in America, which had siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars away from the dykes meant to protect residents. The mayor told people not to evacuate. But this all became the fault of George W. Bush.

In like fashion, Puerto Rico is more recklessly run than Illinois, verging on insolvency long before Hurricane Maria. It never upgraded its power grid like it should have in Hurricane Alley (and like Florida has done); it did not mandate better building codes (like Florida has done); and had almost no post-catastrophe plan in place (like Florida does).

When federal aid after Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey was delayed for months and even years, Obama got very little criticism. And it was a weaker storm than any of these others.

Yes, it was a terrible strike over the Puerto Rican island by Maria, but it was also inevitable. Puerto Rico leaders lived in an area of the world with one, huge danger every year, and yet did almost nothing to prepare for it. Therefore, it had to be Trump’s fault — like Katrina was Bush’s — and just like Bush was charged with not caring about black people in New Orleans, Trump is charged with not caring about brown people in Puerto Rico.

Really, just pathetic.

 

7) Black Gold Star mom phone call racist

A race-baiting Congresswoman no one had ever heard of was part of a setup phone call from President Trump to the wife of an American soldier killed in Niger. Trump called to console the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson and the woman put it on speaker phone when the Congresswoman was in the car with her. Obviously pre-arranged because the White House usually gives a window of time for a call from the President.

Then the unremarkable and little-known Congresswoman sprinted to the media to claim Trump had disrespected the mom. His wording was precisely what Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly had coached him on. Kelly has made these calls and is himself a Gold Star father.

This Congresswoman, who we are not naming because it was clearly a self-publicity stunt, was taken down firmly and cooly by Gen. Kelly. He called her an “empty barrel” and called her out on previous self-aggrandizements of hers that were highly inappropriate. This Congresswoman again sprinted to the media to attack Kelly for using a racist term. The problem, of course, is that it is not racist and no one has ever said so and Kelly has used it publicly before referring to white critics. Even Google doesn’t consider it racist in any sense. It comes from the phrase that “an empty barrel makes the most noise.” It means to minimize the impact of a very loud critic who you think has nothing to say. Pretty good phrase.

Anyone who knows history, military history or guns has probably heard that phrase. But the Congresswoman, who is black, only knows racism! She used it on Trump and on Kelly. The media loved the Trump angle and for days every story was couched “against a backdrop of controversy over the President’s call to a Gold Star mom…” The Congresswoman later said she was a “rock star now.” That’s what she was looking for and the media was only to quick to oblige.

Interestingly, another Gold Star widow, who is also black, had heard enough and released a video recording of Trump’s call to her several months ago. It was actually quite amazing. Trump told the children repeatedly that their father was a hero, explaining how others in his troop looked to him for leadership and stability, and they should be very proud. They were beautifully respectful back and forth.

Interestingly, there is no recording of the call with the Congresswoman. Bet we know why. Also bet you can guess which one got all the news coverage.

 

There’s just nothing there

Just like with the empty Russian collusion narrative, there is just no evidence that Trump is racist. He was given an award by the NAACP with Muhammad Ali present.

But facts, data, recordings, are not the point.

For the mainstream media, it’s not millions of Mexicans and others illegally crossing our border and taking jobs and benefits; it’s not blacks committing violent crimes at six times the rate of whites; it’s not millionaire football players protesting the nation that made them millionaires — and free; it’s not Puerto Rico’s corruption and incompetence; it’s not a politician’s deceitful attempt to hurt Trump and get 15 minutes of fame; it’s President Trump’s supposedly indisputable racism and, according to CNN, that of the 63 million Americans who voted for him.

It’s truly a pathetic case.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.

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Four Reasons the NFL is Dead Wrong on Protests

Rod Thomson

NFL football is the most popular American sport, so popular that only two days separate the end of one weekend on Monday Night Football and the beginning of the next on Thursday Night Football. The extension from formerly just a Sunday afternoon sport has meant the National Football League has become a giant money machine for players, owners and commissioners.

But the NFL has made what may ultimately become the fatal error of becoming an outward political entity. The NFL is now a full-bore politically liberal organization that — literally — bans dissent it disagrees with but allows protests its fan base disagrees with. It’s the classic modern liberal misreading of the American people.

The media establishment laughingly now wants to blame President Trump for the division in the country regarding the NFL, as though this all started last week. Trump certainly threw some gas on a fire, but all of us football fans have been watching with frustration the existing fire that was burning a divide in America.

The NFL, led by Commissioner Roger Goodell, could have doused the initial flames with a tiny tea cup of water. But it did not because it is now driven by a clearly manifested liberal ideology — and there is no better way to divide Americans and destroy a popular pastime than to do what it is doing.

Here are four reasons the NFL — from players to Commissioner Goodell — is dead wrong to be kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police killing black men.

 

1. NFL is overtly hypocritical in speech it bans

Remember, protesting is political speech. It is protected by 1st Amendment from government control and everyone cherishes that right. But it is not protected by private enterprises, such as sports leagues or businesses. The hypocrisy is clearly seen in what the NFL actually has stopped.

  • The NFL banned the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal last year on their helmets honoring the murdered Dallas police officers.
  • The NFL banned players from wearing socks with Sept. 11 on them in memorial of those killed in the 9-11 Islamist terrorist attacks.
  • The NFL forced Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to turn his Christian T-Shirt inside out for a press conference.

Let’s not pretend this is free speech or protest. This is some free speech and protest. The NFL is more than happy to come down like a sledgehammer on speech that might, in the most general way, be considered right of center politically. But it then allows speech that might broadly be considered left of center.

This makes the NFL leadership a classic modern liberal organization acting in political ways to further an agenda with no adherence whatsoever to principles. They are closer to the anti-free speech codes on college campuses than they are to their fan base. This represents an ongoing problem for the League.

 

2. NFL is killing its ratings

Viewership and attendance at NFL games continues to decline as the protests continue to escalate. In fact, they cratered this past weekend in a way that ought to be shocking to League leadership.

The Associate Press reports:

“Through three weeks, viewership for national telecasts of NFL games is down 11 percent this season compared to 2016, the Nielsen company said on Tuesday. Nielsen said the games averaged 17.63 million viewers for the first three weeks of last season, and have dipped to 15.65 million this year.”

That is a drop of two million viewers year over year. The hugely popular Sunday Night Football game dropped 8 percent compared to just the previous week, when it was already down from last year.

 

3. NFL is killing its loyal fan base

In response to the entire Pittsburgh Steelers’ team (minus one Army Ranger veteran) staying off the field for the National Anthem, a wave of long-time, hardcore Steelers fans have been burning Steelers jackets, hats and other gear. One fan since 1966 burned all of his Steelers’ stuff.

Season-ticket holders around the country burned their expensive and once-beloved tickets.

And somewhat eye-openingly, New England Patriots’ fans loudly booed players kneeling for the National Anthem. The boos just cascaded down onto the field in waves.

It’s one thing for fans from a blue-collar, rust-belt flyover city like Pittsburgh to do this. But in elite, liberal coastal Boston? Yes. Because football fans are on average to the right of center politically, and certainly when it comes to patriotism and national symbols.

The NFL seems unaware of this.

One Steelers player now famously stood in the tunnel with his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. Starting offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva was an Army Ranger before entering the NFL, serving three tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Last season, he made comments critical of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose anthem protest lit the fire for other players to follow suit. “I don’t know if the most effective way is to sit down during the national anthem with a country that’s providing you freedom, providing you $16 million a year … when there are black minorities that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan for less than $20,000 a year,” Villanueva told ESPN.

By last Monday afternoon, the largely unknown offensive lineman’s jersey was the best-selling jersey in the NFL, beating out Tom Brady and other household names.

That is fans openly communicating in clear terms to the League that they do not support what it is allowing. The NFL apparently has forgotten that there is no NFL without the fans. But the fans have not forgotten. And they are putting the League on notice.

 

4. Last but not least, the actual issue being protested is a myth

We are told that there is an epidemic of cops killing unarmed black men. This storyline is the genesis for Black Lives Matter, but more to the point, it is the initial issue driving the kneeling or sitting during the National Anthem.

But it’s not true.

The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley, a black columnist, explains through facts and data — not anecdotes and perceptions — what most of the media refuses to.

“In New York City, home to the nation’s largest police force, officer-involved shootings have fallen by more than 90% since the early 1970s, and national trends have been similarly dramatic.

“A Justice Department report published in 2001 noted that between 1976 and 1998, the teen and adult population grew by 47 million people, and the number of police officers increased by more than 200,000, yet the number of people killed by police “did not generally rise” over this period. Moreover, a ‘growing percentage of felons killed by police are white, and a declining percentage are black.” A separate Justice study released in 2011 also reported a decline in killings by police, between 1980 and 2008. And according to figures from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate at which police kill blacks has fallen by 70% since the late 1960s.”

Heather MacDonald, of the Manhattan Institute, is a foremost researcher on the issue and reports stunning facts opposite of the media/Democrat narrative. For instance, 12 percent of white and Hispanic homicide victims are killed by cops. But only 4 percent of black homicide victims are killed by cops. A police officer is 18 times more likely to be killed by an armed black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer. You can see many more of her stats at this Prager U video.

These are facts, not emotions or perceptions or Youtube videos. It’s understood that Democrats do not use contextual facts that actually tell the full truth because dividing by race has been a political ploy for three generations now. The media, essentially Democrats with press credentials, also doesn’t report contextual facts. Social media is social media.

So here’s another fun fact that can be used even on Twitter: A black person is more likely to be hit by lightning than to be killed by a cop in the United States of America. That’s how rare it is.

Yet because of social media and unconscionable hyper media coverage of individual events, blacks now think that if they are pulled over by a cop there’s a good chance they will be shot. This is the alleged “social injustice” that has brought NFL players to disrespect the flag, the National Anthem and the country that has given them freedom and wealth and hope.

NFL fans understand this, at least at the gut level. If the NFL doesn’t get its act in line with its fan base — which represents an awful lot of Americans — it will stop being the most popular sport in the nation. And it will do so for no sound reason but partisan politics.

Just the worst.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.

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NFL’s Actions During National Anthem are Despicable, Time to Tune Out

By Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.

The actions of NFL players kneeling or sitting or raising their fist during the National Anthem are untenable.

The refusal of some players to join in solidarity with their teammates and fans in honor of the country responsible for every one of their freedoms is nothing short of disgraceful. The stated excuse of a call for social justice is both lame and ill-founded and honestly, rings unbelievably hollow. For months, football fans have languished over the continued divisiveness and disrespect exhibited by these players and the further insult from the league in not putting a stop to this despicable behavior.

The conflict finally came to a head Friday when President Trump called out those players while at a rally in Alabama.

But instead of acknowledging the problem, the NFL has decided to double down on its position.

In a statement, NFL Commissioner, Roger Gooddell, said, “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like [those of President Trump] demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

Only problem is that from day one of this issue the NFL has refused to be a force for good. On the contrary, by refusing to demand that its players stand for the National Anthem, the NFL has fostered only strife and divisiveness — which it ironically claims to want to create — and continued to disrupt any fragile sense of unity our nation presently has. Indeed, it is Gooddell and the NFL that refuse to understand the overwhelming force for good that honoring our flag and our history is for our nation and our community. And, of course, in doubling down on its position, the NFL now finds itself in the untenable position of having to continue to defend an indefensible act.

Like any business, the NFL lives or dies by its income, and their continued disrespect for these sacred American symbols will continue to hurt it. A 2016 leaked memo expressed the NFL’s concern of its 11% drop in viewership. The same memo dismissed any association with the revolting behavior of its players, but a similarly timed Rasmussen poll seemed to indicate otherwise.

This brings us to today. For those of us who care about our flag, our nation, our history, and our National Anthem, it will be a day when we will have no choice but to turn the TV off on Sunday afternoon, or better yet, spend some extra time at church. For others, the opportunity to leave the stadium immediately following the playing of the National Anthem if just one of those players kneels during its playing (which they undoubtedly will in record numbers) will be well worth the price of admission.

Unfortunately, neither the NFL nor the players care for anything other than the continued fiscal stability of its mammoth conglomerate. Today, it’s time to let them know, that none of us, including overpaid employees of the National Football League, is greater than our nation’s flag, its Anthem, or the Country.  And the best way to communicate that message is with our wallets and by directing our attentions elsewhere.

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.

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VIDEO: Taking down violent Antifa Marxists and the Alt “Right”

The Revolutionary Act’s Rod Thomson clears up the clouds of media confusion over who the alt right is and who Antifa is on the ABC panel. He explains how neither have anything to do with the Right in America.