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Is Taking the Knee Blacklash or a Push for Globalism?

By Rob Tenery, MD on November 13, 2017

Professional football is the latest venue where controversy has erupted over accusations of oppression and police brutality in the Black community. Sports have played an integral part in bridging the division among the races. Jackie Robinson broke ground when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Over the last 70 years, integration of professional football and basketball has come 180 degrees. Baseball not so much. 70% of professional football and 80% of basketball players are black, but it’s only about 8% in professional baseball.

The current unrest in sports began when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick failed to stand for the National Anthem during the 2016 preseason. He claimed his action was a protest to police brutality and ‘oppression of people of color’ in the United States. Kaepernick, began dating MTV DJ and political activist, Nessa Diab in July 2015. Since then, his social media focus has shifted toward Black Nationalism and Black Lives Matter-related messages.

The Black Lives Matter movement started in 2013 on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. It gained national recognition with the street demonstrations after the deaths in 2014 of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City.

There are growing concerns with the number of Black football players that are  ‘taking a knee’ during the National Anthem. The far-reaching question is this just an outcry of perceived oppression in the Black community?

For these players to make these claims, it is important to note that in 2011, their average salary was $1.9 million and only five active players had served in the military, participated in the National Guard or attended a military institution.* Each NFL team has 53 players on its roster with five additional players on its practice squad. That same year, the NFL had 32 teams, making a total of 1,856 players. Even the coaches had one up on them with six participants. Although many of these athletes donate their time and monies to their local community, what have the vast majority of them done to protect the national interests of this country that has been so good to them?

In 1998, billionaire George Soros is quoted, “Insofar as there are collective interests that transcend state boundaries, the sovereignty of states must be subordinated to international law and international institutions.” He is the founder and chairman of Open Society, a network of organizations in more than 100 countries that support globalism. A recent headline in the Washington Times read George Soros Funds Ferguson Protests--- Hopes to Spur Civil Action. To back this up, George Soros’ Open Society Foundation reported in tax filings that $33 million was given to the already established groups that were part of the protests in Ferguson.

Obama is no fool and he understands — having encouraged Black Lives Matter and the war on police and law enforcement… Every Marxist knows that socialist transformation first requires collapse of the old order.” Scott S. Powell The Richmond Times-Dispatch Mar 11, 2017.

Community action project, Organizing for Action’s (OFA), original mission was centered around furthering President Obama’s agenda. It has since turned into a hub of the Democratic protest movement. The Center for American Progress (CAP) is a left-leaning think-tank has corroborated that it is working with OFA. Soros’ representatives confirmed he gave $5.5 million to CAP between 2005-2009.

Just see if the dots connect. This recent unrest in the Black community started on social media in 2013.  It then spread to the riots in Ferguson and Baltimore. Next came the concern voiced by the Black community over flying the Confederate flag. Kaepernick ‘took a knee’ in 2016, and many in the Black community demanded the removal of statues of Confederate heroes.

Even with viewership down 14%, Seahawk’s Michael Bennett is now flashing a Black power salute every time he sacks a white player on the field. He and several other Black athletes are demanding the entire month of November be recognized by the NFL as “activism awareness month” to protest police in America. When do the NFL owners put their worries over Blacklash aside and force Roger Goodell to end these out of control actions once the NFL players are suited up? Otherwise the fans that buy the tickets and the sponsors that fork over billions to advertise their products will go elsewhere. The NFL owners know that professional football is not the only game in town!

A country is only as strong as its weakest link. For the U.S., this is the relationship between its Black community and law enforcement. During his tenure in the Oval Office, Obama has demonstrated that he is aware of this vulnerability. And his ‘supporter in the wings’, George Soros appears to be funding much of this unrest.  One has to wonder if this is just Blacklash by a sector of our community still suffering from the scars of oppression or are they being manipulated to further the agenda of ‘equal distribution of wealth and globalism’.

*NFL players and coaches with ties to the military in 2011.

              By the National Football League Oct. 25, 2011

Offensive assistant Chris Beake, Cleveland -- Served in the Air Force as a civil engineer officer from 1995-98

S C.C. Brown, Detroit -- Currently in the National Guard; unit is prepared for Afghanistan if needed

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona -- Attended Valley Forge (PA) Military Academy after high school.

DE Ben Garland, Denver -- Currently on the club's reserve/military list and is now a strength and conditioning coach at the Air Force Academy

Linebacker coach Kevin Greene, Green Bay -- Served as a Captain for 16 years in the Army Reserve during the offseasons when he was an NFL player

FB Ahmard Hall, Tennessee -- Served four years in the Marines (3rd Battalion, 8th Marines out of Camp Lejeune, NC), including missions in Kosovo (1999) and Afghanistan (2002)

WR Chad Hall, Philadelphia -- Attended the Air Force Academy and was a second lieutenant at Hill Air Force Base in Salt Lake City, Utah

Special teams asst. Ben Kotwica, N.Y. Jets -- Served in the Army as an Apache helicopter pilot in Iraq

Asst. head coach/Def. line coach Rod Marinelli, Chicago -- Served a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam stationed in Germany when Tony was born

Wide receivers coach Mike Sullivan, N.Y. Giants -- Graduate of Army Airborne, Ranger and Air Assault schools

Offensive line coach Larry Zierlein, Pittsburgh -- Served in the Marines for two years, including a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam.





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