Woman kneels while singing national anthem

Denasia Lawrence sang the national anthem before a Miami Heat pre-season game. In a ridiculous attempt to show what she thinks about the country she was honoring with her singing, she kneeled. That’s right. The singer of the national anthem pulled a Kaepernick.

She also wore a “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt under her blazer, sending a very strong message to the people watching who believe the lives of black people don’t matter. The type of racist mouth breathers who flock to pre-season NBA games.

Kneeling in place of sitting during the national anthem is stupid. To kneel is to show servitude to someone or something. Kneeling is demonstrating the complete opposite of what people who pull this stunt are trying to convey. They don’t even seem to realize this, making it terribly funny.

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Colin Kaepernick

I think whoever told Colin Kaepernick kneeling was a good compromise to standing for the national anthem was punking him. Has Colin Kaepernick never been to a Catholic church? What did he think all the kneeling was about, Catholics protesting God? Has he never seen Superman II? What did he think General Zod was doing when he wanted Superman to kneel before him?

If Denasia Lawrence doesn’t like America, if she believes it’s an evil, racist country that refuses to value the lives of black people, then she should have just declined the offer to sing the national anthem at the Miami Heat game.

What’s with the teal colored blazer? She was singing the national anthem at a Miami Heat game, not a Charlotte Hornets game. The color teal doesn’t belong at a Miami Heat game.

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Denasia Lawrence should be ashamed. Not for kneeling while singing the national anthem, that’s just silly, but for wearing teal to a Miami Heat game.

If Black Lives Matter is peaceful, what’s with the fists?

Shaun King, civil rights activist and senior justice writer for the New York Daily News posted a tweet about Black Lives Matter.

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Peaceful movement? Notice the three tribble looking things after the Black Lives Matter hashtag? That’s the official Twitter emoji for Black Lives Matter. Type #BlackLivesMatter in your tweet, Twitter adds the emoji.

The emoji is of three firsts. Here’s a larger image:

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For a peaceful movement, it sure is an aggressive image. What other peaceful movement in history has been represented by a fist?

The fist was also used to represent the Black Panther Party back in the 1960’s. I don’t think a lot of people would describe the Black Panther Party as a peaceful movement. Eventually, I think the same will be true with the Black Lives Matter organization.

In the past two weeks, Black Lives Matter sympathizers have murdered eight police officers. How many more must die before most people realize the message Black Lives Matter is preaching isn’t very peaceful?

Henry Rollins is wrong about two Americas

LA Weekly published an article written by former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins where he engages in virtue signalling on race in America, claiming that there is a white America and a black America.

From the article:

If white America experienced a fraction of what black America deals with regarding law enforcement, incarceration, the court system, employment and countless other facts of life, they would immediately and collectively lose their minds.

There are at least two different Americas. They have existed in an environment of almost unbroken mutual exclusivity. That’s over now.

No. That’s wrong. There isn’t a white America. There isn’t a black America. There’s just America. We fought a civil war over two Americas, one entrenched in the concept of slavery, the other one not. The dying embers of that concept were finally curb stomped into oblivion with the passing of the civil rights acts in the 1960’s.

Anyone today who’s talking about two Americas either doesn’t understand the concept of linear time or they’re being willfully dishonest. Henry Rollins was born too late to hold the line against Picket’s Charge. Henry Rollins was born too late to travel to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 and register black people to vote. How then does he fight against the idea of racial superiority and inequality? He either has to travel back in time, or he has to pretend things are the same as they were a long time ago.

He continues:

I’m an educated, Caucasian, heterosexual male. Does this ensure I will have success and live the American Dream? Obviously it doesn’t, but it damn sure drops me on second base with a great opportunity to steal third.

How interesting that Henry Rollins conflated education with the fallacy of white male privilege. Education isn’t something you’re born with. It’s something you must work for. You can go to a prestigious university, and if you don’t work and apply yourself, you’ll leave the school in worse shape than when you started.

Anyone who’s educated and benefits from that education isn’t lucky or privileged.

Speaking as a white male, I can attest that I’ve never benefited because of my skin color or my gender. Instead of giving people a baseball metaphor usually reserved for those born to wealth, Henry Rollins should provide a list of the privileges he’s enjoyed because he’s a white man.

I’d love to hear them.

When people like Henry Rollins say something stupid about the inherent advantage of being a white male, it makes some people think that if you aren’t a member of the exclusive white guy club, you’re getting screwed. That’s wrong.

Has it always been this way? No, of course not. Over time things have thankfully changed. It wasn’t easy. People sacrificed their lives to ensure all people would have equally. In the present day America, white males don’t enjoy any rights or privileges that other Americans don’t enjoy. To assert anything otherwise is both regressive and dishonest.

If one person believes the crap Henry Rollins is spewing about two Americas, it’s one person too many.

We have a police incompetence problem

On July 5th, two Baton Rouge police officers shot and killed Alton Sterling who was selling dvds in front of a convenience store. Cellphone video captured the incident. Mr. Sterling was black. The two officers who killed him seem to be white.

It’s pretty clear from watching the videos that the two cops aren’t good police officers. They looked incompetent while trying to subdue Alton Sterling, especially considering that he didn’t seem to be resisting. When one of the officers discovered that Mr. Sterling had a gun in his pocket, he sounded panicked.

The following day, a police officer in Minnesota shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop over a broken tail light. Mr. Castile was black while the cop who killed him appears to be white.

The horrific incident’s aftermath was recorded on video by Mr. Castile’s fiancé and posted live on Facebook. It’s clear from watching the video that Mr. Castile did nothing to call for getting shot. The officer asked for Mr. Castile’s license and registration. As he was reaching for his wallet, he told the officer he had a gun, but had a license to carry. Upon hearing this the officer ordered him to put his hands up. As Mr. Castile tried to comply follow this order, the cop shot him three times.

Much like the Alton Sterling shooting the previous day, this looked to be an example of gross police incompetence.

When the cop thought Mr. Castile might be a threat because of the fact he told the officer he had a gun, instead of ordering him out of the car with his hands up, he pumped three rounds into him as he sat behind the wheel. Next to Mr. Castile was his fiancé and in the backseat was his fiancé’s four-year old daughter.

Immediately after the shootings, activists began proclaiming that these two killings happened because of racism on the part of the cops. Marches and protests were held demanding justice, even though there was no evidence justice would not be served. Immediately after both shootings, it was announced the U.S. Justice Department would conduct the investigations, not the local police departments.

Thursday evening at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Micah X. Johnson shot 14 people including 12 police officers, killing five.

Racist terrorist Micah X Johnson.
Racist terrorist Micah X Johnson.

Before killing Mr. Johnson with a robot, the police say he told them he was upset about Black Lives Matter and wanted to kill white people, especially white cops.

Mr. Johnson’s Facebook page showed that not only was he a supporter of Black Lives Matter, but also the New Black Panther Party.

Although it’s impossible to know at this point if the cops who killed Mr. Sterling and Mr. Castile are racists, it’s obvious Micah X. Johnson was. With that said, the Black Lives Matter group is still organizing marches and protests demanding justice, as though justice is like a microwave pizza, something quick and cheap.

Police brutality isn’t a black problem, it’s a people problem. Contrary to the statements made by a guy who pretends to be a doctor on Grey’s Anatomy, more white people are killed every year by police than black people.

The real problem isn’t race, it’s police incompetence. We have the largest police force in the world. Our police are becoming more and more militarized. Too many people are becoming cops who shouldn’t be mall security guards, let alone police officers sworn to serve and to protect. Each individual police force has its own training program not based on national guidance or procedures. Whether officers are even remembering any of their training, let alone employing it properly in the field, is really a mystery.

The cops who killed Alton Sterling and Philando Castile sure didn’t look like they were following any type of proper police procedure. They looked like idiots who have no business being cops.