As of this writing, we are five hours away until game time for the first National Football League game of the day since President Trump cried out at a Friday rally in Alabama “But you know what’s hurting the game more than that? When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium, I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore anyway. Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!”
And since that rally cry, the world of black athletes has united as one, and in the process, it will inevitably unify the black community of America to confront racism, bigotry and their oppressors straight on.
When the President of the United States says that some of the White Supremacist marchers at Charlottesville are ‘good people,’ we have a huge problem. But when he angrily lashes out at Black Athletes for taking a knee when the national anthem is played, by calling them a ‘son of a bitch,’ it becomes pretty obvious that we have a racist in the White House and this problem is beyond huge. It’s mammoth. But systematic oppression is mammoth, and it’s time White America stopped pretending it doesn’t exist.
To those that fail to walk in the shoes and stand by the Black Community of America, we here at Massive Phobia ask you to try and learn about what it means or feels like to be oppressed.
Here is the dictionary definition of Oppression.
1. the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
2. an act or instance of oppressing or subjecting to cruel or unjust impositions or restraints.
3. the state of being oppressed.
4. the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc.
Since slavery, the Black Community has continued to be oppressed at every turn, and it still continues today, and many white people don’t have any empathy for their plight.
White people have no idea about the systematic psychological effects that have been passed on from generation to generation since the era of slavery. These effects include a negative self-image of self, higher rates of depression and anxiety, anger, hopelessness, resentment, and trust issues, amongst many more that are too numerous to count.
All of these things pass on from one generation to the next, and the cycle is tough to break, especially when you’re still being oppressed. The Black Community has been abused for so long, and at the same time, they’re being gaslit. The President’s remarks are the equivalent of a giant blinking neon sign of oppression, yet he and his cronies will say that it’s not.
The best analogy I can give anyone that doesn’t think what the President said is wrong is this. If you were a child and your father physically abused you every day and you had all these psychological effects from being abused every day as a child, when you got older, these effects and wounds are still with you, even when you leave the house for good at 18. Then, when you see you father, and you’re talking to him, you tell him that all of these effects are making life difficult, and in response, the father punches you in the face and says, ‘time to toughen up and get over it. Stop whining and go to work like everyone else.’ That’s what the President just did and don’t you dare think otherwise.
In the strangest of ways, this current presidency might have done the Black Community and America a favor. It brought out all of the racism/bigotry that many were harboring. It brought it all out into the limelight for the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell White America’ to see and say ‘Hey, this is still going on, it’s just being hidden better from you than ever before, but now you can plainly see that it’s never gone away, and this is still our lives every single day.’
Today, Black Athletes will unite, then the Black Community will too, and hopefully the rest of the country will follow suit and finally have empathy for what the Black Community has dealt with and still deals with.
And that’s why the Black Community is The Unbalanced Being of the Day, and we hope everyone takes a knee with them in solidarity not just for today, but every day.
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