I admit this post is a little reactionary, but I just got a load of Fox News and their special brand of ‘journalism’. Five minutes and in that time, at least 3 lies counted. This network is unbelievable. It’s like all the high school bullies grew up and became Fox News hosts because that’s what they sound like. They take pot shots, they lie and they make fun of anyone who has a differing opinion. Any other news channel I see differing opinions are greeted with at least some attempt at intelligent conversation. Fox News just wants to echo their base’s gut reaction to stir them up to anger and push them closer to the edge. Tonight, one of their idiots was praising President Dump for the current 3% GDP, insinuating his orangeness had anything to do with it. In case you weren’t looking Fox, the country’s GDP was ALREADY at 3% before Dump took office. Obama is the one who took us from a negative GDP up to 2% and then concluded his administration at 3%. Since Dump took office, I admit it has gone up. to 3.4% That’s not a big jump. It’s a mild swelling. Once more, Obama’s numbers far outshine Dump’s (I will not say his name.)
It was claimed that NFL ratings were down since the current anthem controversy, yet that isn’t true either. Their ratings have actually spiked. I see the fans come out to the games. They’re still watching them on TV and the people who are complaining about their stance clearly don’t understand the concept of free speech and peaceful protesting. I also love seeing so many white people becoming outraged when black people take a stand to make a statement about the violence set against their people. I’ve been keeping up with a lot of what’s been going on and anyone with a brain can see what’s going on. The fact of it is unless you have been part of a group who has been the victim of discrimination you need to shut your damn mouth. Of course you, as a white person, don’t see any problem and you think they’re just whining. Think for a moment first how you would feel about all this if people of your race had been made slaves. How would you feel if your people had been the subject of discrimination for decades? Treated as less than human and only upgraded to being second-class citizens? How would you feel if you were instantly judged every time you walked into a room? How would you feel if people automatically pegged you as a thug or criminal just by looking at you? Racism isn’t some myth. It’s real and it happens. I have seen it from my own family and it disgusts me. I support those who refuse to stand for the anthem because it is their right to do so. It is the spirit of calling out our system when it fails us that makes this such a great country. Instead of attacking the players, maybe look at what got us to the point. The Zimmerman case was the first shot in this nightmare. A young black man shot down like a dog by that racist piece of $h!t and he gets off scott free. A black woman fires a warning shot at her abusive husband, claims the same ‘stand your ground’ law defense and gets 20 years in prison. White officers all over shooting black men and getting nothing more than a slap on the wrist. The victims, however, are dragged through the mud and portrayed as criminals and thugs. In some cases, yes they were breaking the law, but why couldn’t they have been taken alive so they could be dealt with by our judicial system? In case, I recall, he was breaking the law but he was not armed. This is wrong any way you cut it because the fact is if those victims hadn’t been black the stories would have turned out differently. You can say that’s just a theory, and it is, but it’s more than likely the truth. Rich kid kills someone with his car and gets off because he was rich and wasn’t fully aware of what he was doing. Affluenza. White guy rapes women and gets a pass because convicting him would adversely affect his future. If those guys were black or Latino, they wouldn’t have even seen a jail cell because they would have been murdered by officers. When it’s really happening, they aren’t playing the victim card. They are victims. I’m not saying give them a free pass too but rather I’m saying the treatment under the law should be equal and color-blind. Just because someone doesn’t like someone of another race does not give them the right to kill them. It’s sad that such a sentence has to be said in this day and age, but here we are. I understand the protests and support them in this. It’s about standing against needless deaths and racist behavior. It’s about demanding the country finally fulfill the promise of a better union and equality among all citizens, regardless of race, creed and color. Those aren’t just words on paper. They’re something we need to put into action, more now than ever. Are there bad apples out there? Yes. Sadly, there are, but we can’t punish everyone for the actions of a few. There are bad white people too. Let’s just forget race and finally see each other as people. Hasn’t this all gone on long enough already? So many wars fought and so many lives lost because of race. I mean, think about that. Because his skin is different from mine, he must die. Is that sane? Is that reasonable? You can believe whatever you want of course, but it’s when your beliefs translate into actual actions against others it must stop. You don’t have the right to infringe on someone else’s life and they have as much right to be heard as you do. No one says you have to agree with them, but they still have the right to speak. In that spirit, I also support those who speak out against the protestors as well. They have the right to make their voices heard too and not supporting them would be hypocritical. I just don’t fully agree with them. See how that works? You can complain and argue, but everyone still gets their say in all this mess. This can be done, but apparently not on Fox News.