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On Being an American

By Randy Gage in Critical Thinking, Prosperity.

Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest has started a much-needed discussion in America. Unfortunately the discussions haven’t always been positive, enlightening, or even very American.

Kaepernick has been ridiculed, called despicable names, and had his motivation questioned.  There are public figures seeking to shame him. There are those who suggest that he doesn’t support our Armed Forces, doesn’t know what oppression is, or is somehow un-American.  (Or not “black.”)

We have become a very mean-spirited, attack-prone, critical society.   The fear mongering, marginalizing and hate speech is reaching epidemic levels.

Just yesterday I saw an interview with Tony La Russa where he questioned Kaepernick’s motivation and said he would never allow a player in his organization to protest this way.

Forgive me if I feel this reeks of the Jim Crow era.  We have a powerful white guy upset with an uppity Negro for how he chooses to protest.  (And suggesting that he knows what motivates his actions.)  Sorry, that doesn’t work in America any longer.

The issues Kaepernick raises are very, very real.  If you don’t think so, you’re living in a segregated bubble.  I used to ask Dennis who worked in my shipping department, to have my cars serviced when I was on the road.  After a few months, he asked me if I could get someone else to handle the job.  I asked why…

He explained that is was very stressful for him, because he kept getting pulled over.  Evidently the Miami-Dade area police think a black man driving exotic cars is suspicious and grounds for investigation.   And any rational person not in denial knows that profiling and judgment situations like this (and incidents far worse) happen to people of color every day.

America is not perfect.  No country is.  What makes America great is our right to free speech, peaceful protest and the opportunity to create progress.  If you really believe that America stands for liberty and justice for all, you have to recognize and respect everyone’s right for peaceful protest.

You don’t get to choose how another person protests.

There were people telling Gandhi his methods were wrong.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was ostracized for his methods on non-violent protest. People like Rosa Parks were initially marginalized, even demonized.

I stand and even tear up every time I hear the National Anthem.  But that anthem represents America.  And America represents the right of free speech and peaceful protest.  Even when we don’t like it or agree with it.

So Colin Kaepernick, I salute you.  And thank you for raising both the issue and awareness.

– RG

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31 thoughts on “On Being an American

  1. olga says:

    Randy Gage reads celebrity gossip?

  2. Tom says:

    Colin Kaepernick has every right to protest, and all Americans if they choose have a right to protest and ridicule Kaepernick. If you don’t believe that Randy then it is you who is in the bubble. There are no “safe spaces” to protect one from others’ speech in a free society. Freedom of speech is a 2 way street, not a 1 way

  3. Randy_Gage says:

    @Tom I have no problem with people not agreeing with him.  Or staging protests of their own.  But to suggest they have the right to tell him or anyone else how to protest doesn’t honor the principles American is founded on.

  4. Olks says:

    Randy, America is not a country it is a continent; maybe you’re talking about United States of America

    1. Kit Grant says:

      It is part of the North American continent you geographic wizard.

      1. Luigi says:

        There is no thing such as a North American continent, North, Central and South America are just territories of the same continent.

  5. Yuppy says:

    @Olks Funny how one of the first things that Randy points out is that our society had become “a very mean-spirited, attack-prone, critical society.” and the first thing that you do with this post is to point out a ‘flaw’ and that America is a continent. Thanks for making the case-in-point on this matter. If you don’t have something positive to go with the negative, then don’t say anything at all – didn’t your mom ever teach you that?

    1. Luigi says:

      I think the whole point of Randy is that the USA is, and must be, a free of speech country. So please read the article again and don’t tell people to don’t say anything (btw I agree with you, that was not the point of the article)

  6. robnews says:

    @Olks North or South is a continent, not just the word America.  The Americas refers to the continents…God bless America

  7. pandkenterprises says:
  8. Jean says:

    With all due respect, Mr. Gage, I must strongly disagree w/ this line in your post- “the issues Kaepernick raises are very, very real.  If you don’t think so, you’re living in a segregated bubble.” It seems to me that you are saying that anyone who disagrees w/ you on the first point (the issues) is then “living in a segregated bubble”. You are making a blanket judgement on people you don’t know, whose feelings/reasonings you are not aware of, and calling them “the problem” because they disagree with your views (or perhaps Kaepernick views) on the matter. You say that “Kaepernick has been ridiculed, called despicable names, and had his motivation questioned” because of his stance/views, yet, with that one line, you are doing much the same thing. You can’t call for respect and be disrespectful yourself. I personally respect Kaepernick, despite disagreeing w/ some of his reasonings, because he’s willing to stand for what he believes in, even, and especially when, it hurts to do so.

  9. Randy_Gage says:

    @Jean Sory, but I’m not following your logic.  I’m not calling anyone names or questioning their motivation.  I’m saying the issues Kaepernick is raising are real.  And he has a right to peacefully protest to bring awareness to the issues, without being told how to do so.  Or be attacked. – RG

  10. rt3603 says:

    Yes by all means he has a right to protest. However why disrespect the flag thousands of Americans gave their life for the flag and our freedom I feel that was wrong.

  11. Kari says:

    Thank You Randy!
    This again is a great reminder for me to not post any political topics. I have made postings against asylum scammers here in Europe, but this posting of yours again reminds me to stay out of politics, thanks!
    -Kari-

  12. My2Cents says:

    What
    happened to the concept that you create your reality?If a person believes he/she will be pulled
    over while driving black, then he/she shouldn’t be surprised when it occurs.Stop making people into victims…that’s the
    government’s job.
    -My2Cents-

  13. My2Cents says:

    rt3603  If you no longer accept the meme that people gave their lives for the flag and our freedoms, you will not be offended.  You were programmed to belief that sh*t, but it was all made up.  You were born free, but you allow your so-called government to restrict your expression of it.  Wake Up!!!

  14. My2Cents says:

    robnews  Why not God bless us all?

  15. My2Cents says:

    Randy_Gage  What principles…committing atrocities such as stealing land from the Indians and Mexico and raping and lynching black slaves and then saying you are a nation based Christian principles?  Please!

  16. Disagree says:

    I do NOT salute Coliin Kaepernick.  His heart may be in the right place, but his method of protest could not be more wrong and that is why he is feeling such backlash.  Yes he is allowed by our Constitution to disrespect something that is revered by millions of Americans.  What you are forgetting RG, is that those millions of Americans also have the right to voice their opinion about his protest and they have.  Oppression and race problems are very real, but Colin has not added anything new to the conversation and he is not going to solve anything with his poorly chosen method of protest.  I am not an expert on what should be done, but ticking off millions of people does not seem to be working.  What changes has he helped make?  And most of the articles I read about this, don’t discuss “change” at all – they simply talk about the controversy of his method.  Tired of seeing Colin in the news, but I do appreciate the people that do things that really affect change in this country.  D.E.

    1. Jan Losee says:

      I hate to Disagree, Disagree but Colin Kaepernick (bless his heart) is very saddened and chagrined about oppression and race problems that he sees still plaguing America. Many of the millions who are protesting his protest do live in a segregated bubble that RG refers to in this blog. I used to live in the segregated bubble until our military family was “deployed” to Augusta, GA in 1999. My husband was sent to a special U.S. Army Diversity School in Arkansas for three months before we moved to Augusta. I decided to become friends at all times with African Americans, to mend and heal all past resentments I had in my heart toward African Americans and to always put my best foot forward with them at all times. It has never ceased to bring me closer and closer to many African American friends during our 18 years here in Augusta. My husband and I have both made the choice to stay in Augusta and not just be a part of the “white flight” crowd. I respect, Disagree, that you yourself state there is great need for “change.” Due to a separation from my husband in 2014, my monthly income went down to $960/month. I can only afford to live in the charity housing in Augusta and in Public Housing. The walls are so thin here in the cheaply constructed public housing, I can hear my neighbor upstairs opening and closing drawers and walking across her floor. My African American neighbor to my left has two radios, two televisions and loves to play them loudly all day and night. Bless his soul, he has no automobile, no job and needs the entertainment daily. I am forced to live in my bedroom, the bathroom and the clothes closet whenever the music is too loud (which is always). I am not allowed to move to another apartment unless I pay another $500 a month. The discriminatory treatment like this hits African Americans, Spanish Americans, Chinese Americans and, in the end, all Americans. I believe that it is time that millions of Americans are “ticked off” enough about these issues that their segregation bubbles burst; that they become part of the solution instead of being part of the problem; that they look at the interracial relations cup as half full instead of half empty…Dear Colin Kaepernick, I also DO salute you for your leadership. I know how such an action tore at your heart, and still does, until all the work is DONE. We SHALL overcome.

  17. People-of-greatness, Randy is standing on the “principles of Prosperity”. Pointing out an example of why NORTH America, Canada included, is dominated by lack, with only “pockets of Prosperity” here and there. Colin is standing on his rights, like it or not.
    The prosperity movement asks you to stand up for justice where you believe there is an injustice. That’s what Colin is doing.

  18. BroVic says:

    @Kari Lesson learnt (for real)…

  19. Hendo says:

    I am afraid that protest = unamerican. There is no anti-police or anti America in protest. Not one of the posters are willing to admit that people of color are targeted because they can’t relate or refuse to see it. There is no law of attraction at work here folks. I get nervous when the police drive behind me and I’m 63. It  called conditioning and history. Not your history, not your problem. God bless America and no one else, right. Thank you Randy for being brave enough to shine some light on this darkness.

  20. PatMoon says:

    Its obvious you have not watched or read “Hiliary’s America”

  21. Steve says:

    To anyone who says he’s protesting wrong, what protest method would you propose? Everyone I have asked this to has yet to give any kind of answer. Name a protest that was considered acceptable and worked.

  22. Text [CHAPTER XXVII.]: (I) THE CHAPTER OF NOT LETTING THE HEART OF A MAN BE TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM IN THE UNDERWORLD. 

    1  Saith Osiris Ani: “Hail, ye who carry away hearts, [hail] ye who steal hearts! (2) ye have done.
     2  Homage to you, O ye lords of eternity, ye possessors of everlastingness, ” take ye not away this heart of Osiris Ani
    (3) in your grasp, this heart of Osiris.
    And cause ye not evil words to spring up against it; because this heart of Osiris Ani is the heart of the one of many names, the mighty one whose words are his limbs, and who sendeth forth his heart to dwell in (4) his body.
    {???} heart of Osiris Ani is pleasant unto the gods; he is victorious, he hath {???} gotten power over it;
    he hath not revealed what hath been done unto it.
    He {???} gotten power (5) over his own limbs.

    His heart obeyeth him, he is the lord thereof, it is in his body, and it shall never fall away therefrom.

    I, Osiris, the scribe Ani, victorious in peace, and triumphant in the beautiful Amenta and on the mountain of eternity, bid thee be obedient unto me in the underworld.”

    E. A. Wallis Budge. The Egyptian Book of the Dead (Illustrated) (Kindle Locations 6375-6384). Global Grey. Kindle Edition.

  23. Jorge says:

    The issue of “what’s is going on” in America has been subject to so many rights, wrongs, left, right, white, black, religion, faith, beliefs or agendas that people end up arguing instead of having dialogue and building bridges about it. Just by reading the thread of this post confirms a lot of it.

  24. PLATE XXV Vignette: A swallow perched on a conical object painted red and green.
    Text [CHAPTER LXXXVI.]: (I) HERE BEGIN THE CHAPTERS OF MAKING TRANSFORMATIONS. THE CHANGING INTO A SWALLOW.

    (2) Saith Osiris Ani, triumphant:
    “I am the swallow, [I am] the swallow, [I am] the scorpion, the daughter of Ra.

    Hail, ye gods, whose scent is sweet; hail, ye gods, whose scent is sweet!

    Hail, thou Flame, which comest forth from (4) the horizon!

    Hail, thou who art in the city. May the Guardian of the Bight lead me on.

    O stretch out up unto me (5) thine bands that I may be able to pass my days in the Island of Flame.

    I have fared forth with my warrant. I have come with the power thereof. Let the doors be opened unto me (6).

    How shall I tell what I have seen therein? Horus was like unto the prince of the sacred bark, and the throne of his father was given unto him.

    Sut, the son of Nut, also hath gotten the fall which he (7) wrought for Horus.

    He who is in Sekhem passed judgment upon me.
    I stretched out my hands and my arms unto Osiris.
    I have passed on to judgment, (8) and I have come that I may speak; grant that I may pass on and deliver my message.
    I enter in, having been judged; I come out (9) at the door of Neb-er-tcher magnified and glorified.
    I am found pure at the Great place of passage [of souls].
    I have put away my faults.

    (10) I have done away mine offences. I have cast out the sins which were a part of me.
    I, even I, am pure, (11) I, even I, am mighty.

    O ye doorkeepers, I have made my way [unto you].
    I am like unto you.
    I have come forth by day.
    I have walked with my legs, and I have gotten the power of the footstep wherewith do walk the shining ones of light (12).

    I, even I, know the hidden ways to the doors of the Field of Aaru; and (13), though my body be buried, yet let me rise up; and may I come forth and overthrow all my foes upon earth.”

    Appendix 1 : Rubric.
    If this chapter be known [by the deceased], he shall come forth by day in Neter-khert, and he shall go in again after he hath come forth.
    if this chapter be not known, he shall not enter in after he hath come

    E. A. Wallis Budge. The Egyptian Book of the Dead (Illustrated) (Kindle Locations 6839-6857). Global Grey. Kindle Edition.

  25. Rexs says:

    On this I must disagree. The NFL is a private organization not government run. And as such can set there own standards. When it comes to game time in any sport and any political view. It should all be kept off the field.

    Let them talk on social media and elsewhere. But when it’s game day there should be no talks, protests, or side agendas for a player. it should only be about the game.

    And it’s all a BS excuse. These NFL players are millionaires. Where would they be without football? They would be flipping burgers in the local mall or working retail jobs.

    And in no other country would they be millionaires.

    This guy and all NFL players owe there rich lifestyle to America.

    And to do what he did to disrespect the country makes him look like a smug bastard. Out to get attention for himself.

  26. Sandi Greenberg says:

    Amen!!! Well said as slways

  27. Steve says:

    It’s not Colin Kaepernick or any other players stage to protest on. Image for a moment if all 53 players on a team decided to protest their different causes during an NFL game. One player might have a hands up don’t shoot hat on, Another is displaying a dead fetus to the crowd, another is waving his Confederate flag, another walks up and down the sideline carrying a cross, while another is carrying a Death to America sign. Fill in the blank for the other 48 players. The television networks will be happy to let them say their piece before or after the game, but during the game? Seriously?

 

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