For some reason America doesn’t like its African American citizens protesting. Whether it’s protesting a 200 plus year old racist ass song; not wanting to be killed while doing anything remotely black; to the Kardashian’s plastic surgeon – if it’s a protest and it’s from a black person it must be wrong.
A person’s salary does not make them immune from catching flack from the FAUX news subscribers and Trump supporters when they have the audacity to protest the almost seemingly monthly police shooting where often times an African American is killed.
But for the life of me I can’t understand why some Americans are threatened by a “rich” black person standing up (or sitting down) for a noble cause or protesting a social injustice. It’s almost like some White’s feel as if the more money African Americans make the more they are impervious to being oppressed, harassed, or discriminated against; which is ironic in itself, because we know all too well that no matter how much money we make we are still considered niggers, just some of us are more well paid niggers than others. Hell even when Kanye West was black on “All Falls Down” he said “Even if you in a Benz, you still a nigga in a coupe.”
And as much as I would like to blame some Whites in America for this train of thought, there are a lot of our own kind that have smart comments to say about an athlete/entertainer that speaks out about systematic racism, using the same argument that some Whites uses, “what does she/he know about oppression? With all those millions in the bank.” As dumb as it sounds, it seems to me that those of us that aren’t rich want to monopolize brutality and oppression for ourselves just because we may be on the front lines.
For example look at Colin Kaepernick, who peacefully protested and continues to protest the National Anthem; and is now being called everything from traitor, America hater, to all sorts of n-words. But because he has everybody from sports casters, political talking heads, and even the POTUS talking, his riches and fame are furthering a much needed dialogue about race relations here in America.
If poor African Americans aren’t allowed to peacefully protest because they are too disruptive and rich African Americans aren’t allowed to peacefully protest because of the assumption their millions afford them a life that saves them from being oppressed, what is there left for us to do?
But when poor blacks protest and clog the entrances to interstate ramps they are called thugs (which is code name for nigger) and even being ran over by a SUV. So again, what is there left for us to do?
I tell you one thing though, as long as state sanctioned murders occur at the hands of police, or the contamination of our water is allowed to continue peaceful protesting will continue by both poor and rich African Americans whether you like it or not.
What do you think? Do you think athletes have no right to protest social injustice?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.
Captain Breazy Sparrow