Forty Nine Years

Olympic Games Mexico City October 16, 1968 – Tommie Smith and John Carlos won gold and bronze medals in the 200 meter race. Wearing  black socks to represent black poverty, both stood shoeless at the podium. Smith wore a black scarf to symbolize black pride, Carlos a beaded necklace – ” for those individuals that were lynched, or killed and that no-one said a prayer for, that were hung and tarred. It was for those thrown off the side of the boats in the Middle Passage.”. When the Star Spangled Banner played, Smith and Carlos bowed their heads and raised clenched fists of iconic protest. The stadium erupted in boos, Olympic officials lost their shit, Smith and Carlos went home to death threats. The following week Time magazine wrote “Faster, higher, stronger is the motto of the Olympic games, angrier, nastier, uglier, better describes the scene in Mexico City last week”.

Forty nine years later the “make America great again” man simpers like a dotard as professional athletes refuse to stand for the national anthem. As if the world demanded further proof America teeters on the brink of collapse, Trump pouts infantile Tweets like – “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!” Make no mistake America, your president is an asshole. A unhinged megalomaniac hell bent on dictatorial obedience, a snake oil salesman so diabolical he feeds on manipulated adoration without a tinge of conscience.

Trump hasn’t the foggiest notion why professional athletes kneel during the national anthem. He doesn’t bother with issues of police brutality, can’t comprehend poverty, exclusion, racial profiling. In Trump’s America Negroes are uppity. Make no mistake, America’s puppet master knows how to pluck strings of his starry eyed fans. Throngs of slack jawed patriots blither unequivocal allegiance to Trump, incapable of grasping the fact nothing has changed in half a century.

Greatness can’t be declared, it’s earned when individuals lead by  example. Forty nine years ago Smith and Carlos attained a level of greatness Trump wouldn’t recognize if it slapped him in the face. Forty nine years later, the man elected on make great again hogwash has the audacity to Tweet “fire the son of a bitch” when African American athletes kneel in peaceful protest during the national anthem.Wake up America, you’ve had 49 years and failed miserably.

9 thoughts on “Forty Nine Years

  1. Well said. Maybe the point of view from a neighbor country will make a dent in the shield of stupidity that tRump supporters surround themselves with. Hugs

    • Thanks, but I’m not going to hold my breath. Trump supporters see Canadians as spineless bleeding heart liberals. tRump nincompoops scoff at those who respect our environment, value all citizens regardless of race, sexual orientation or faith, and particularly loathe our laws prohibiting publication/broadcasting of false or misleading news. Sigh. 🙂

  2. I’m so pleased to see you express your feelings about the dotard which such precision and clarity. Your initial self imposed silence from his election has made way for notes’ honesty. Hear hear.

    • I haven’t wanted to be someone who regurgitates editorial rage. The day after Trump tweeted his fire the son of a bitch rant I came across the image of Smith and Carlos – I needed to write forty nine years because no once has American media discussed the glaring irony. Thanks for recognizing my effort. 🙂

  3. Being the optimist I am, I am hoping that the divisiveness of Dotard who is damaging the fabric of US society, is eventually going to heal the nation is areas that are necessary to heal. Where people are not only made more aware of the deep institutional/systemic discrimination that takes place, but truly begins to realize different cultures bring different viewpoints and without stepping “outside the box” we live in, we will never understand. A case of one big step back, in order to go two steps forward.

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