How Colin Kapaernick and Jemele Hill Represent The Right to Be American
America is the country that gives its citizens the right to express the logic behind “freedom of speech” and what it affords when you utilize it appropriately.
The climate of hate that appears to have manifested within the past few years — has always been the virus with no cure. The instruments of recording and sharing give the falsehood that we are entrenched in trends that won’t be overwhelmed in the foreseeable future.
Racism and the cultural implications of what it means to be a Black person in a society that has been programmed for your extinction isn’t a season that has arrived with no end date. It’s not a deep well for creative exercises that inspire fodder for consumption — that aim to amplify with the fanning flames as support.
The truth is that the truth — when delivered with a punch — can hurt like a mutha. But that is no reason to remain silent and timid in the face of natural outrage that is spurned from the fabric of disarray — that the hands of slaves painstakingly put together — before the masters tore it apart.
When Colin Kaepernick became a hero with the simple act of expression that was translated to the crime of defiance in the eyes of cowards that are blind to decency — the American quarterback turned activist — immediately became the symbol of fascination — in an environment that has been slashed by the irresponsibility of a openly divisive and hostile government.
And now Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN’s SportsCenter with Michael Smith is under attack for the tweets she released on Monday night that basically sum up the almighty truth that even God himself — can’t dispute:
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”
Hill also hit the heart of the operation powered by men in power — in their power suits who are willfully powerless in the face of pure evil:
“The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me.”
It has to be acknowledged that Colin Kaepernick and Jemele Hill — represent the right to be American in full capacity of the law — and the right to denounce the outrageous parade with a route that ends with a woefully wounded system.
The only way the voices of sorrow and might can be heard is through the rejection of times. The refusal to play fair in order to remain decent in public or employed at stations that don’t know your name.
The passion of an athlete who has enjoyed the American dream — via a typically American sport — is demonstrated when he gives a dignified middle finger to the institutions that fund his existence and yet kill off the community he represents on the field of excess.
The frustration of a professional Black woman who is also blessed with success, but not enough to protect her eyes from the consequences of having a president — who won’t condemn the terrorism of White supremacy — because those are the principles that got him elected.
Hill, may lose her job. Especially after the Wicked Witch of The White House — Sarah Huckabee Sanders — gave that recommendation while fielding questions from reporters about Hill’s statement of facts:
“I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make, and certainly something that I think is a fire-able offense by ESPN.”
No matter which side of the fence you claim — your view of the shitfest in D.C. can’t be distorted enough to keep you calm and dignified.
The disruption at Charlottesville and the ongoing race crimes under the regime of a White man who is able to reside in the Oval Office because he is White— is a catastrophic formula that is exploding.
The right to be American doesn’t just require the retweets of notables and the sharing of information that has already been feverishly passed around. The right to recite the phrases of patriotism isn’t just reserved for pompous occasions that highlight betrayal under burning lenses.
The right to be free to speak or act in accordance with the unreasonable forecast that has created typhoons of rage on all sides — is the most American of them all.
If Hill ends up vacating her post as a direct result of her adherence to fight for humanity — how will America respond? As Kaepernick continues to weather an uncertain future after drafting his own army for the war against injustice — how do you think America is responding?
It’s a battle of wills as the ignorant and prideful try to match the tempo of those who respect anyone with enough nerve to step up — unfiltered and undeterred by the variables that will circle their carcasses when judgment is unleashed.
The bravery of sharing a dream that is still unrealized due to the suffocation of a battered society that is eating its own with fury — can only manifest through a revolt that will take more than avatar edits to baptize into reality.
The right to be truly American has to be the ownership of expressing why being classified as such doesn’t hold the equal reverence — due to the belief that Whites are superior to Blacks — and therefore can still enjoy the fruits of the labor they brutally installed at the expense of those accused.
The unfairness of today was the mascot of yesterday — except for the alterations in shapes and sizes.
It’s not okay to have a leader with the controls to everything that makes us breathe — act with casual negligence when faced with the reality of a divided country that is yielding to his foul manner of speech and duty.
It’s even less admissible to silence the warriors who don’t need millions of followers or the assurance of a “happily-ever-after” to stand their ground in full view of those who dare — and those who rest on the laurels of sufficient retweets and hearts.
Being American ain’t easy and most die for the opportunity to give the future the audacity to have it easier. The future is here. It’s not still caught in the web of the Space Odyssey or other pods that are still on their way to a safe landing.
The web of our desires give us the power to self title our existence based on numeric prowess. The evidence is ticked off, but what happens when you have everything to lose — to the point of not even caring what it would mean to be jobless and alienated.
You become an American. And then you fight for the right to stay that way.