White America, It’s Time to Take a Knee

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For the past month I’ve watched lots of white Americans lose their minds in response to Colin Kaepernick and other NFL player’s peaceful National Anthem protests. I’ve seen them question these young men’s patriotism, malign their motives, attack their methods, and treat them with the kind of open contempt usually reserved for serial killers and child molesters.

For simply taking a knee during a football pre game in an effort to foster a conversation about the deaths of young men of color at the hands of police, these men have been made into the enemy by so much of white America. In some twisted, ironic, almost laughable missing of the point—it’s somehow become the angry black man’s fault for disparaging his country.

And today, as the footage of unarmed father of four Terence Crutcher’s public execution goes viral, I’ve been looking to these same people for some semblance of grief at his passing, some anger at the circumstances of his death, some outrage at the sickening deja vu these images are manufacturing.

But I’m finding none of these things. Instead I’m finding victim blaming and rationalizing and elaborate efforts to tell us why our eyes aren’t seeing what they’re seeing.

I know what my eyes see. I know what they see over and over and over again.

They see humanity ignored, they see fear metastasized, and they see white people excusing away murder instead of facing the brutal truth that maybe institutional racism is real and maybe Colin Kaepernick and his brethren are worth listening to, and maybe they shouldn’t be vilified outliers who we’re trying to shut-up.

Maybe we should all be kneeling right now.

White friends, if your immediate response to the shooting of Terence Crutcher or any other man of color is to try and justify why he’s dead instead of asking why he was shot, you may be the problem here. If you aren’t greatly burdened with grief for these families and you aren’t moved with compassion for the way scenes like this repeatedly kick people of color in the gut, you need to ask yourself some difficult questions about your own patriotism, your own appreciation of freedom, your own civic responsibility. You need to ask yourself whether you’re really for Liberty—or just white comfort.

Because from where I’m standing, I see Colin Kaepernick and those like him doing what many of you aren’t doing. I see them trying to keep more people from dying. I see them doing something to stop the bleeding instead of trying to make peace with it. I see them being the best of America in the face of the worst of America.

Right now we should all be taking an unflinching look in the mirror, white friends.

We should be digging deeper and facing our own acquired blind spots and inherited prejudices, and acknowledging the deeply embedded privilege that makes those things so very difficult to assess on our own.

We should stop defending songs and flags and pre game ceremonies, and some cheap, ornamental nationalistic pageantry—and actually be about the work of life. We should be binding-up wounds instead of heaping salt upon them with our shame and disdain.

And instead of demonizing Colin Kaepernick and instead of blaming Terence Crutcher and instead of shouting down our brothers and sisters of color as they mourn, we should be listening to them.

More than that, we should be saying with our presence and our pain and our social media voices that we are grieving alongside them; that this is not okay with us, that this is not the America we want either.

Our brothers and sisters of color should not be kneeling alone anymore.

Today white Americans, we should all be taking a knee. 

 

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508 thoughts on “White America, It’s Time to Take a Knee

    • David Wellens, I respectfully disagree – love acknowledges color as an important part of someone’s life experience, and validates it accordingly.

      John, thank you for sharing this. Thank you for your heart for the marginalized, the hurting. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It is also interesting to note that the DoD actually PAID the NFL to stage “patriotic displays,” so the fact that people are so pissed off about Kaep taking a knee is ludicrous, and for them to call him inauthentic is hypocritical in the extreme.

      • Thank you for highlighting the fact the DoD pays the NFL for these displays of patriotism. I love my country, but defend their right to protest. Also, I should not be forced to stand for the flag or for the leaders that are in office.

        Thanks John for writing this article.

        • People have lost sight WHY people stand for the anthem. You are not pledging an allegence as you do during the pledge of allegence. You are showing RESPECT to those men (and women) who fought and were killed or wounded giving you the right to be an a$$ hole. So if you do not stand you are disrespecting the very people who have kept you free, nothing more. Listen to the words of the national Anthem.
          It was written while our fort was being attacked, and people were dying. Our people from the very early days of this nation up to today have GIVEN THEIR LIFE for all Americans. THAT is who you are disrepecting

          • Why are you more concerned about a song than about human lives that are being lost? MANY of those service members fully support the decision not to stand for the anthem in order to make a statement. As you said, they fought for our right to be what you would characterize as “assholes,” what I would characterize as “peaceful protestors.” It is actually showing full respect to service members – if they weren’t fighting for exactly those kinds of rights, then what the hell were they fighting for? Fascism? If you want to live in a country that deems any protest of injustice as treason, move to North Korea, Bake.

            • Mizzemm, when you see our veterans and even current men and women that serve our country, you never see them take a knee or sit down during the National Anthem. They are always standing and saluting the flag with the utmost dignity and respect because they know what it’s like to be in countries where freedom is nothing. If you ever see anyone that is in the service sitting down, then they are usually disabled veterans that can’t walk or can barely move. You tell me they don’t care about this country enough to to stand during the anthem, which is not just a song by the way, when you can easily see the veterans that are disabled are desperately trying to stand. If you don’t stand for the national anthem, then it’s like a slap in the face to those veterans that worked hard to make sure people like you have freedom. We could argue all day and still I would say that it is very disrespectful and even un-American to kneel to the national anthem instead of actually standing tall and taking the words to heart. He could have easily protested black lives being lost due to police shootings in a different way, because what he did was outright disrespectful.

              • As a military brat who has known more military service members than many Americans have, I can tell you with absolute certainty that you cannot make blanket statements about them all. Active duty members stand during that anthem and revelry , etc partly because they may want to show respect, but primarily because they have to. If they did not, it could result in a reprimand or an impact on their career. Like any large group, the military is made up of people of different political and social leanings, and it really drives me crazy to hear people say they “all” do or think something. Trust me, many of them would tak a knee themselves if it didn’t mean a possible reprimand or eventual discharge from the military for not following orders.

                • As a person who served 30 + yrs in the Military and in 2 WARS and lost FRIENDS and also friends who will never B able 2 KNELL because they have no legs, I find it
                  unacceptable and downright DISGUSTING. What is it about the word (STOP) that some people do not understand. It is a known fact that anyone in this Country of ours can get an EDUCATION and these over paid Jocks could help those Kids and make the streets a much safer place 4 all of us. The owner of the Kansas city chiefs just recently told his players that if any of them pulled this B— S— they would be fired on the spot. The team belongs to him, their uniforms belong to him, the field belongs 2 him ETC.

              • as a vet i take a knee and have to re-think me serving a country that is killing my people , and seems to me just because of my race

              • FDR once said
                Those who have long enjoyed the privileges we enjoy
                Forget in time that men have died to win them

                Note Arlington National cemetery that is filled w so many white head stones it looks like snow in the distance,
                Has the bodies of ALL the men and women ALL of them who died for the privileges we enjoy all those black, white, native Americans that died for our privileges would be thoroughly disgusted w the hypocrisy and entitlement

              • You demonize this man for taking a knee during the national anthem of a country that believes it is okay to kill unarmed black people. Because the fact is when this was written it was written while blacks were slaves. So it was only “land of the free” for whites. Those soldiers weren’t fighting for blacks because they were nothing but property. And if you think that him kneeling during a song is worse than needless police killings then you are part of the problem.

            • I don’t think America is pissed at the protest. It’s pissed that the protest is misaligned. I will never argue against anyone’s right to protest, but the manner in which Kap is doing so is the problem. Kneeling doesn’t do anything towards solving a problem. Standing and working towards a solution is what we need. Nobody in their right mind can argue that there is no problem, but there are two sides to every coin. True activists don’t make statements by taking a knee, they educate and bring forces together to discover the root of the problem and work to fix it.

              • Before you can fix a problem, you have to agree there IS a problem, and too many in this country don’t acknowledge the problem. This protest is the first step – bringing more awareness to the problem. There were riots in Baltimore, and everybody called for peaceful protests. Then there were organized peaceful protests, and that wasn’t good enough. If these men were hooting and hollering during the national anthem, I would agree it’s disrespectful. Instead they silently take a knee. Do you know when else you usually see football players take a knee? When someone is injured, as a sign that play has been stopped, and out of respect for the player who was injured.

            • So concerned about police killings but nobody seems to be standing for the BLACK ON BLACK killings going on in the ghetto.
              Chicago, New York.

              • “Black on Black killings” is such a non-starter. We could talk about “white on white killings” or “Asian on Asian” killings” all of which are pretty close in percentages. You however, have probably never even considered these though. Do you even know why?

                • you havent even made a point, just rambled on. Do you even know why? i do… black crime is disproportionate to white crime in such a way that you have nothing to cite as evidence for your “non-starter” assumption. get real and look at statistics. educate yourself before your emotions run wild.

              • If you aren’t aware, you might want to research. There are verses referencing slavery that no longer remain in the version we hear.

            • This song has been the “National Anthem” officially since 1931, that’s 85 years! Why now? Why not during the worst times of this country for the black community?
              “No refuge could save the hireling and slave, From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave. And the Stars Spangled Banner in triumph doth wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”
              Now, a hireling is anyone hired/paid help, and a slave is anyone under the domination soley of someone else. So that part applies to all races, not just African American. They could have been British too, which would make them white and black.
              The writer of the poem, Francis Scott Key, wrote this after what he saw during the attempted “take over” of Fort M’Henry by the British, which was after war was declared on them by America. He was describing the scene of that day, basically that no one, that means any of them, could be “rescued” but the flag (the star spangled banner) still remained.

              Maybe you should open up a history book and read the lyrics to the song, instead of taking one line and making it about race!!

          • Don’t mind the author. He writes things like this because clicks = dollars for him. First off, don’t even suggest how we should react to something. Isn’t that what this is all about? The unheard? He is repeating what race-baiters have been saying. You could count true racist killings probably on a set of hands and toes, (speculation of course), but then again so is saying there are these hand-wringing bureaucrats s in an old tower figuring out how to get blacky. Remember, people said that white people build liquor stores in black communities to keep them down. Also way off base, and also great sheep fodder.

            • I think you raise a good point about what people who are speaking out about police violence against black men are actually saying – your camp seems to think our contention is that white people generally and white cops especially are singling out black people to kill, because: racism. That really isn’t it. I don’t for one second believe that any of these officers over the last few years actually WANTED to shoot someone, black or white. If it was that simple – if there was some grand conspiracy by white POs to take out all the black men – it would be easy to target, easy to stop. It’s much more subtle than that, and much less deliberate – but that doesn’t mean there is still a problem, obviously.

          • And THOSE SAME PPL U SAY HE IS DISRESPECTING…THAT FOUGHT FOR US,ARE BEHIND HIM 100%…. THIS COUNTRY DOESN’T EVEN CARE ABOUT HE THEM…..! #YOUARETHEPROBLEM #TEAMCOLINK

          • And do you stand at attention, hand over your heart, every single second that music is played/sung, gazing at the flag, never waivering? Do you cheer at the end? If you do, you should know it’s incredibly bad form and shows disrespect. What about all those ticket-holders with seats waiting for them…that no one else can sit in…and who continually elbow past me front and back, step on my feet as they climb thru to those seats? Or how about those mixing illegal drinks with alcohol smuggled in, in some cases? Or how about all the conversations going on? Have you checked the sidelines to see the coaching and support staffs in those videos? You should. They are no different than anyone else you consider disrespectful…except that you’re ignoring them. Please give that some thought and stop directing ire to one man for standing for all of us. That’s courage. Complaining about something that continues is not courageous, nor will it effect change.

          • unfortunately the line between the respect for current soldiers and soluting them and the national anthem is extremely gray. especially when the third verse of the national anthem is about slavery, and was written by a anti abolitionist. so, as an African american man in this country, saying its disrespectful to not stand during a song that glorifies the oppression of said people, is crazy.

          • I respect your opinion but feel that you are blinded by patriotism and your devotion to what this country used to be. I am a disillusioned U.S. Army veteran that went to war for our flag and the republic for which it stands only to see that our flag is now soiled by political corruption and greed. It now stands for a republic with a new ownership that no longer represents the principles for which this country was founded. I think those soldiers who fought and died would be better respected if we continued their battle to save our country. Not standing for the National Anthem is a sign of wanting to clean our soiled flag.

            • Amen, Dave. For many years, I have participated in the pledge of allegiance to the flag, only because it says “to the republic for which it stands”… not to the “republic” which actually is. I have finally given up. I do stand respectfully, but I won’t pledge allegiance to a flag that stands for a govt. of the corporation, for the corporation and by the corporation. As long as our so-called democracy is run by politicians who are bought and paid for by those corporations, I do no see why I should have to stand there and salute like a little soldier. When we once again have a govt. that is of the people, for the people and by the people, then I will reconsider…… I’m assuming this is still a free country, and I have a right to express my opinion, even though it may not be in the majority., just as Kaepernick (sp?) is doing.

              • Learn what the flag represents you moron. There is nothong about the flag that represents the government. It represents our states, our freedoms, the blood that was shed to have those freedoms. If you don’t like this country then get the hell out. This country isn’t gonna be tailor-made to suit your sissy, lilly-white, liberal asses. So get over it, move on, shut up, OR move out.

          • Thank you for voicing what people need to hear. This is why their disrespect bothers me so much. They aren’t really protesting the racial injustice, but instead protesting the very country that allows them to have a voice. By all means, protest against the people who are causing the racial problems…they deserve it! It’s time we all realize and accept that everyone is equal…color makes no difference. Red, yellow, black or white, we all start out the same way, and we all end up as dust.

          • All the men and women that have given their lives so that the NFL player that disrespected their service and their sacrifices. I think he should be fired and made leave this Country.
            It doesn’t matter what color he is. I had to work hard growing up and I lost two Uncles in war . Fighting for this freedom that all of us enjoy whatever color we are.

            • And what in the world did the military do for you? Cause I can show you a whole lot of veterans who fought in the war, have had limbs dismembered from their bodies, and they are HOMELESS today buddy! They are living under bridges and have no food to eat and are standing around on street corners holding up signs begging for food and money! I don’t see the military in which they “fought for this country” helping them either! The military or this country does not give a rat’s but about those vets. Once they have used them to fight it’s war they turn their backs on them and treat them like second and third class citizens. So where is the justice in that!? I love the veterans and have so much more respect for them than this so called country. So it’s not about disrespecting the vets it’s about the white man trying to institute racism as patriotism! Get your facts straight and if you don’t believe that All lives matter and that no race is more superior than the other, then you need to be banned from this country because YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!

            • Oh, so it is a ‘freedom’ but he should be fired for it. Do you have any idea how stupid that concept is? If I stand on a street corner and speak about the corruption in the government should my company fire me for it? And what is the difference? None. Freedom is freedom. Period.

          • Well I have ancestors who fought for this country and when they returned they couldn’t get a job, bank loan, a sandwich, sip of water from a fountain, or be in certain places at night fall for serious threat of death in this country. Most of the critics don’t give any empathy to that disrespect and dishonorable treatment to “those” people who protected the freedom of this country. So being mad at people kneeling peacefully without acknowledging the THOSE people who died and THOSE people who fought and were disrespected & killed for trying to get a fair shake in the country they fought to protect is bullshit. This protest honors them. They didn’t fight for this country for their descendants to get unjustly brutalized and killed here. If any of the people who feel disrespected by this truly cared about all veterans and not just the white ones, you all would acknowledge that.

          • I think you need to listen to the full version of the song. It you understand the meaning you would realize it should not be our national anthem!

          • The Star Spangled Banner also happens to have been written by a slave owner who was not so fond of blacks. The original “Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key contained this third verse mocking slaves who dared fight for their own freedom:

            “And where is that band who so vauntingly swore / That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion / A home and a Country should leave us no more? / Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution. / No refuge could save the hireling and slave / From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave / And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave / O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

            So before you start calling people “a**holes” for not standing, educate yourself. This country has s*it on blacks for five hundred years. They’ve earned the right to kneel during whatever song they want to kneel for.

            • 2016 -500= 1516, I don’t think there was a USA in 1516. Our country is 240 years old. And the verse in question was celebrating the death of traitors to this country.

          • The two biggest issues with this thinking are: 1: Our military is being USED by mega corporations for profit, and absolutely NOT for our freedom. We have lost more freedoms in the last 15 years than at any time in our history! 2: What people are enduring directly and ONLY due to their race is NOT freedom so what are they to thank the vets for, being murdered on a daily basis due to skin color? This thinking is the very white privilege that John is writing about. You are not listening to hear his words but rather listening to respond with your own white privilege.

            • How about thanking them for not having to speak German, or Japanese. How about thanking them for putting there lives on the line to give you the freedom to write this with no repercussion.

          • You have completely lost sight. You’re saying the flag stands for those who defend us in battle, what about the battle at home? What about the communities that bond is at home as a nation? What about the communities that aren’t respected by law enforcement? What about the families who are losing family members again and again? Do you k ow anybody killed by law enforcement? If you don’t, you have no idea what these people are going through and you have never been in a place where your life has been threatened by law enforcement. You getting a ticket is very different than a person of color. Imagine being judged outside of your house and even in your own house. You can’t and never will understand their point of view. So, it’s time to try.

          • I respectfully think you’re glossing over the heart of the matter.

            America’a history includes a time where African Americans and people of color would go die and risk their lives fighting for our country only to come back home to people openly treating them as second class citizens. It was brazen disrespect. To pretend that somehow standing for the anthem is more important out of respect for the dead in favor of concern for the very real rising mortality rate of the living is grossly unbalanced to me.

            We have a crazy election in which one candidate is dragging us backwards towards those times and these shootings are a nothing symptom of these embedded biases.

            Your words are flowery but what are, in effect, hallow justification to ignore the horrifying underlying problem these actions are meant to protest.

          • Hon, you want to talk about disrespect, what about the disrespect of black men shown by the police who shoot them dead in the streets for no reason other than the color of their skin. The Anthem is a damned song, for Pete’s sake… lighten up… we’re talking about people here… human beings. If you can’t see which is more important, maybe you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

          • Listen to the WHOLE Anthem sometime. It’s not all that, if you happen to be black. We only listen to/sing the first verse. I encourage you to listen to/read all the lyrics. Get back to me on why you think it’s so great for all of us.

          • No, you aren’t showing respect for freedom and the people who fought for it if you aren’t allowed to practice it because it offends some. My dad carried WW2 shrapnel in his leg for years. My cousin died because of Agent Orange. I think they would both be on their knees too. It’s a quiet, respectful protest. It doesn’t disrespect the people who fought…it honors the freedom they gave us. Those veterans who are offended don’t understand that they didn’t fight for a song, or for a piece of cloth. They fought for the country’s principles. Those principles are embodied in the way we treat our fellow citizens, not in the way we glorify the flag.

          • My Daddy served in Korea and Vietnam and so did my Uncles. My old Daddy cried watching Kaepernick spit on the soldiers who lost their lives by Not honoring our flag. The tears ran down his face as the flag his friends died for was disgraced . Freedom is not free and many have served to preserve it! Politics should not be on the sports field. Is it right to pay to watch football and pay to be humiliated and spat on by cowards who have never served their country instead? I am not strong enough in Christ to forgive Kaepernick without him showing sincere repentance and empathy for all those he is harming. There is no justification for supporting a violent racist terrorist hate group like Black Lives Matter.They are only doing violence not making change by peaceful protest in honor and dignity.I am angry at Kaepernick .He,s just evil and wants to promote more violence and bloodshed.They should put the evil Cheeto King and and Scumbag King Kaepernuck on debate stage and keep politics off the football field.

            • If your old dad is hurt by someone exercising their rights as an american citizen he is the problem. You are simply a confused, name calling white girl who has never fought for anything she couldn’t post. Bye girl ! You can’t boast about white privilege and be white trash. Get it together! Next time come up with a more believable lie. Who cries watching a football game ?

          • FDR once said
            Those who have long enjoyed the privileges we enjoy
            Forget in time that men have died to win them

            Note Arlington National cemetery that is filled w so many white head stones it looks like snow in the distance,
            Has the bodies of ALL the men and women ALL of them who died for the privileges we enjoy all those black, white, native Americans that died for our privileges would be thoroughly disgusted w the hypocrisy and entitlement

        • If it wasn’t for those who fought for our country(no matter the race) we would not have the freedom to make any decisions . the Government would be making all decisions for us So today I Pray for peace so tomorrow I WON”T HAVE TO. That goes for showing respect for the flag of the USA.

        • Clueless… No one forces you. We are just in dismay at your disrespect for the heros who have given their lives for you and all the other non-thankful people.

      • Public execution of Terrence Crutcher ? How about he was on PCP , refused to comply with officers orders , reaches into his truck and gets shot . I would be shot too if I did that . If cops wanted him dead why did they do first aid ? . Cry me a fkin river.

        • Glad you are so certain of police accounts. We all saw the video. Nice try. Even if it was believable that he had PCP, he was surrendering– even though they hadn’t been pursuing him for anything. He was tazed and then shot before anything transpired. He wasn’t threatening and you know it. Even if he was high, high white people are routinely taken alive and given treatment for the same. They also stood there scratching their asses while he bled out. GTFO with your system protectionist bullshit.

          • You’re picking facts to fit your narrative…dude was driving on PCP (he clearly cared about the lives of others) and then had a bad trip and lost his shit…its sad that he was shot, but if he had listened to police he’d still be alive with a DUI ticket…

            • The initial report…The very first statement from police stated the officer told him to get back in his car. It also stated the police searched his car and there were NO weapons and NO drugs. New that story had changed. Hmmmm

                • First off, he wasn’t a suspect. Secondly, police tell people to get back into vehicles all the time. You’re so busy trying to justify the police actions that you miss the point of it all. And you solidify exactly what the author is talking about. Blind and comfortable white Americans who care nothing for their fellow black citizens.

                • I turned into a parking lot off the highway in Illinois and had stopped to get my 76 year old mother a sweater out of the trunk of the car when a cop pulled up and started screaming at me to get back in the car. I tried to explain what I was doing and he screamed even louder, got out of his car and started walking towards me. He ticketed me for making an illegal turn into the parking lot. You never know what they’re going to tell you to do so you can’t make any kind of statement with your brand of certainty.

                • BOOM!! Right there! THAT!! is 1000% a LIE!! I, me, MYSELF PERSONALLY have been told adamantly by a police officer to IMMEDIATLY get back into my vehicle once I was out of the vehicle! Albeit, firearm not drawn but hand was on his firearm as I was told to return to my vehicle!! Nevertheless, that statement you just made is 1000% false! Now…to say what an officer is “supposed” to do or what the proper protocol is? I’m not sure and can’t answer that BUT!! I know (at least in my case) what WAS said and done! And to piggyback off of what the previous poster said. The police chief CLEARLY stated in his initial interview that there were NO weapons and NO drugs found on the victim nor were there any of the above mentioned in his vehicle….and just to satisfy “your argument” for the sake of sheer ignorance….smh! Let’s just say they did find a gun and/or drugs in their subsequent search of the vehicle AFTER THE fact of the murder?? 1) They wouldn’t have known this prior to the murder and the subsequent search and secondly) WHY would the officer have her gun drawn on a stranded citizen with car troubles to begin with?? Hmmmm……was it perhaps because he looked like “Oneeeee Baaaaad Dudeee???”…..saddens me to know NOBODY was born with such prejudices. Somehow, somewhere along the way….someone taught you this. Smh

                  -God Bless You

            • You say that as if you didn’t see people who surrendered two hands in the air shouting ”please don’t shout” get shot by police. Analyse as you want in other countries he will be taken into custody and questioned. If your country he is a dead man depending on who feels threatened by a complete and total surrender.

            • You are doing precisely what the editorial sadly predicted — the white BUT. BUT here are all the reasons he deserved to die. The original police report stated no drugs were found in his car. Do NOT forget this man had committed no crime. He car broke down! When YOUR car breaks down and a police car stops — you believe they are there to help. Right? You would walk toward their car — relieved. Till she starts shouting at you — return to your vehicle! Then — orders you to get on the ground. But WHY? She now says she believed he was armed. She had NO just cause for “believing” that. She had NO just cause to be afraid of him. At all. And he was a church going father of four whose car broke down. He had no reason to be threatening to her in any way. She is a young white woman officer in Oklahoma and she saw a large black man — and her impulse was to fear him. This issue is as simple as that. And that man, that father of four, does not deserve to be dead because our white culture teaches us to fear black men. Period. This editorial is so spot on. NOTHING changes until white Americans take a knee next to their fellow Americans to protest injustice.

              • Amen. Just like the cop in the helicopter had nothing to base his comment on that the guy looked a bad dude except for the fact that he was a big guy and black. All psychics I guess.

              • That’s because the media knows that they won’t get people watching with news of another dead white guy! The reason everyone knows about this is because it is what the media feeds you. Facts are facts. More white people are shot and killed by police than blacks. Also, blacks kill more blacks and have perpetrated more crimes to their brethren than any other race in America since the civil war.

                • Thats not true White american kills there brethren at a rate of 82%. More white men have killed white cops than blacks. Get your facts and statistics straightm

                • Statistically you are more likely to be killed by your spouse or someone you know so why aren’t you more afraid of your spouse. I am tired of trying to get ppl to empathize w black experience just pray that God allow you and your children to live through it, to experience it. The hate, the judgements and systemic racism.

            • Sounds like Anonymous believes anything law enforcement tells him. He has it all figured out. PCP found on him is the funny thing ever. I’m surprised Cops still use it for with things they plant on others. lol Anonymous — you’re naive and don’t know it. Sad. Yes…Black Lives Matter. Folks who don’t comply lives matter. Folks who can’t hear lives matter. Folks who walk away from Cops lives matter. None of it is worth killing someone. Again — you’re naive and don’t know it. You’ll no doubt figure it out one day.

              • I’m a different anonymous btw responding to 1st anonymous: “how many whites have shot cops..”
                Yes, answer is shit-tons. More whites assault cops in this country than other groups, statistically speaking.

                Again, anonymous-1, put down the shitty Trump-brand table wine and pick up some literature by anyone who’s not white. Good luck.

              • What are you afraid to admit that people who are on drugs or deal drugs matter? If rapist and child, molesters and murders are investigated judged and sentenced appropriately, then how much more everyone else. Even terrorists are tried and then judged before you decide there punishment. NO ONE should be executed without a trial!!!! Because all lives matter. And right now most actions show of the ‘All’ Americans don’t believe black lives matter.

            • Show your research jack off. An unarmed Black man stopped by police is 14 times MORE likely to be murdered by police than an armed white man who has just committed a mass murder. LOOK IT UP. Why is it pigs can take down a heavily armed white man who’s just committed mass murder without hurting him, but can’t let a Black man reach for his license at a traffic stop? Racism.

          • That is not what surrendering looks like. You act like someone can’t be a threat once they put their hands up. He walked away from officers with their guns pointed at him, not following commands. It is not unheard of, or a big surprise, that a person would hold their hands up to bide time while they get closer toward a weapon. What other reasonable purpose would a person do what he did. Anybody who acted the way he did then walked away and reached into a car, after police with their guns drawn told him not to, would likely be shot. White black brown or green it doesn’t matter. They say stop, you stop.

          • Let me educate you on something. More white people are killed by police than black people. He did not comply. MANY COPS have been shot by perps who reach into a car for a gun. They have no idea if he is doing that or not. One thing is certain had he completed and stayed away from the car he would be alive today

          • I think with that outstanding level of understanding and trust, you would make excellent peace officer. But then, after you see so many buttheads stalling, lying to you, no ID, and after the training you receive pairs with their physical reactions, you might understand these officers better. If you don’t quit or get killed first.

          • REALLY.. .you see what YOU want to see as well. You and I weren’t there.. and the video shows actions but we can not hear the words… I saw a man walking away from police pointing something at him. I can assume they were telling him to STOP and he didn’t.

        • on PCP? where is the toxicology report? if you want to talk facts, you need to have that. and they shot him before they knew anything about drugs. newsflash idiots: you need justifiable cause BEFORE you use your weapon.

          • Newsflash. If the cops tell you to stay away from your car you stay away from your car. They have no idea what your intentions are if you are not complying, many cops have been shot by perps who retreive a gun from their car. IF a person grabs a gun the cop has about one tenth of a second to protect himself. Complying not only keeps the suspect safe it keeps the cops safe

          • His car wasn’t off to the side of the road. It was in the middle. Red flag 1. Didn’t respond to commands. Red flag 2. Every cop is different. Her reaction over-the-top more than everyone else. Maybe not as much of a risk taker. I don’t fault her, but this isn’t gang initiation like “go shoot that woman over there,” like the race baiters want us to believe.

        • Except for the fact that if you are white, you almost certainly wouldn’t be shot in that same situation. Check the statistics.

          Whites are almost ALWAYS brought down with non-lethal force, even ones (such as Dylan Roof) who are perpetrating mass slaughter.

          • I believe, sir you are sorely mistaken. Facts show more whites are killed by police then black individuals. Please do your research. Until then, sit down, shut up, and color. Respectfully, Steven

            • Seeing as how there are significantly more whites than blacks in America it’s only befitting they’re killed more often by police. Do your research! Black people are murdered by police at an alarming rate considering we are in such minority. Dummy

              • How many have warrants, in stolen cars, riding solo v. multiple in vehicle etc, etc. I will guarantee you that when a cop interrogates a couple white kids, and they don’t have ID, can’t get their story straight, the cop is not going to think, “Well, my training tells me to call for backup, but they’re white, so no worries.”

              • Yes, it’s called relativism. More black men (and women) are shot and killed by police because there are much fewer black men and women in this country. I would give an example to Steven, but I think Steven can figure it out. I sure hope so. But if you would like an example, just let me know.

            • Steven you are wrong… LoL. Whites out number blacks hence the bigger numbers, but statistically blacks are killed at a higher rate (%) than whites. A very recent study came out, yes I read it, and Steven you are wrong. I am a white man who believes in the numbers but I am appalled by the disrespect to our nation and our veterans. I cannot imaging being overseas right now and hearing how rude and disrespectful our nations is being to us. Almost like when out men and women came home from Vietnam and were treated like criminals. SO WRONG! there is NO excuse!

            • More whites are. Blacks are only 14% of the population in the US. Whites are 68% of the population. There are people both Black & White that feel the rules don’t apply to him. Those people are either in jail or under ground!

          • Idiot comment made by an idiot who knows nothing of law enforcement. Every situation is unique. Guess what you never have heard and never will hear of all the times a black man wasn’t shot…. it’s not news worthy as it doesn’t fit the narrative.

        • He was not on drugs her husband assumed he was. His windows to the truck were rolled up. The police lied to cover their actions. They went as far as to create a wall to block the view from the dash camera. Did you even watch the video?? Seems doubtful, if so please schedule an eye exam ASAP before you hurt someone yourself more than spewing ignorance.

        • They didn’t do first aid. They left him lying in the street. I am not sure what you saw but none of the officers present administered first aid….

        • Boy, you must of not seen the footage I did. He never reached into his vehicle, as the window was closed, there is no toxicology reports yet to confirm he was on anything, and if he was such a threat, why did the other officer think a taser was enough to protect himself? If you can admit that this man would not be dead if he was white, you must live with you head stuck…. Umm… In the sand.

        • Please. What toxicology reports confirmed that this man was high on PCP?? NONE! Officers have been caught lying to justify their actions on multiple occasions. But unfortunately
          for their victims of color, there’s hardly ever any repercussions for their actions. The second this unarmed man was killed I knew there was going to be a spin put out there to attempt to justify this murderous cop’s actions. There was NO evidence in that video that this man was threatening the life of the officers. He slowly walked with his hands up! Oh, and u need to reexamine the photos and videos from the scene. His vehicles Windows were DOWN when he was MURDERED! Therefore disproving the LIE of the officers that claimed he was reaching in his window!

        • I was a police officer for 21 years and being high on Pcp or reaching into your car where there was no weapon is no justification for deadly force! Tazer fine gunned down no even the guys in the helicopter thought he was tazered because that’s what the situation called for not shot to death

          • Crutcher did exactly what police are trained to fear, a noncompliant suspect returning to his car. The common denominator to most all police shootings has been noncompliance with police commands. Too bad there isn’t video of the Miami therapist to show otherwise. True a fleeing suspect should not be shot in the back but where is the responsibility of the suspect to insure his own safety. Blacks have been sold a lie an excuse to ignore the very real fact that the most dangerous threat to blacks is other blacks more than all other options combined.

        • He was not ON PCP .. They FOUND PCP and they probably planted it. But either way- Im sorry- was PCP a weapon and threat of the cops LIVES? Stop. Just Stop. HANDS WERE UP. And why are you so upset over this article and you need to respond? Exactly my point. Thank you.

          • They are on videotape made by that murdering hag’s own husband, shooting a man to death while he tried to do exactly what they asked. I hope the next person the pigs murder is someone you love.

        • Wait… You have footage of him refusing to comply and reaching inside of his truck? Dude!!! You need to share that shit! That would make all of this so much easier to try to comprehend!

        • They didn’t render first aid. They left him bleeding out in the street and the spokeswoman said she didn’t know if they were trained in first aid. Go figure…

        • It has not been proven he was on PCP. He was disabled. Even the cops in the helicopter above the incident said over their radio he has his hands up. He was complying. They also said his window was up so how could he be reaching in it. Once the officer tazed him why did she have to shoot. He was unarmed. If you are so afraid of an unarmed disabled man with his hands in the air perhaps they should rethink their career choice because being a police officer isn’t it. And as far as giving him first aid, they let him lay there for several minutes before they “rushed” in to give him first aid.

        • Actually there are many instances of white men being taken alive after horrific crimes. A young white man can walk out of a church after murdering 9 black parishioners, carrying his weapon, and not only be taken alive but driven to Burger King because he is hungry! Wake up! Black men and women ARE being treated very differently by some in Law enforcement and black citizens are dying! It’s time for White Americans, including myself, to be vocal and demand change!

          • Sorry Michelle, those who don’t see it now…never will. They refus to see it because to them we are subhuman. It’s a very sad situation.

        • Exactly! He was obviously doing something wrong, for the PD to feel threatened. Just comply with the PD instead of fighting against them.

          • Why would the police immediately on arrival start issuing commands to a person who was stranded? What ever happened to, Do you need some assistance, is there something wrong with your vehicle? No…it’s let me see your hands…put your hands up…that looks like a bad dude, he’s probably on something. You need to get the hell outta here with that shit!

          • Obviously??? VERY STRONG word you’re using rather loosely! “OBVIOUS” is a strong word with definite meaning….what makes you think he was “OBVIOUSLY” doing something wrong? Because the police said so?? Just curious….not meant to have sarcastic overtones…

          • but there’s been black men and women who’ve complied and we’re still killed. like Philando Castile who followed police’s order to produce some ID and a driver’s license. he then informed the police officer immediately that he was also carrying a firearm, but had a conceal-and-carry permit for it for her to know and her automatic reaction was to shot him four times. Even when black men comply with police they still get shot and killed so?

        • Why don’t you come out from behind your hood and show who you really are, troll? Oh wait you can’t because it would mean you would have to deal with the demonic evil that oozes out of your pores. Understand freedom of speech means the ability to stand up and take account for what you say for all the world to see without fear of recrimination – not speaking out of turn and hiding behind anonymity. Be real instead of being a coward.

          • Freedom of speech is the right to say what you want. Nowhere is there a guarantee of being no “fear of recrimination.” I don’t have to like or support someone else’s exercise of the freedom of speech.

            • Tina for the person to exercise their freedom they would have to do so without fear. It is to say something without caring if someone is going to like it or not. My obvious point is to state that Anonymous who is spewing vitriol is being a coward by not standing behind their statement by showing their name or face. I find too many times people who are speaking like that seem to always want to hide. Speak from the shadows. My take on it is that deep down they probably know their comments are problematic and rather than deal with them they just – “spew”. You are right, I don’t agree with their statements but I wouldn’t stop them from saying it. All I’m saying is just own up and stand by it instead of hiding…

        • Yeah… Gotta do your own research and stop letting the media define your truth. The video shows the window rolled up all the way and the door closed… Who do you know that can reach through a glass window? The truth is, they were afraid of the man… …. This is truth that even Donald Trump couldn’t ignore.

        • I just want to scream at the media and this knucklehead author John P. Media is making it a race issue, just look up how many unarmed whites are killed by cops, because the media won’t print it. Just as in the majority of unarmed cop killings you find they didn’t FOLLOW THE COMMANDS don’t put your hands up and continue going to your car or you will get shot, LEGALLY.

        • Dude really his window was up first off and hands up why shoot to kill if you have other options I hope you for and get raped by your uncle drink piss

        • They were there to help someone who’s car was broken down. He never reached inside of the car because the window was up so how could he reach inside? Also he had both of his hands up and both hands were on the car when he got shoot. Man you white people need to stop with the bullshit, and you talk about first aid but you don’t want to talk about them letting him bleed out and die while they were all just standing around.

        • Nice try “anonymous”, are you a cop hiding behind your name? I have watched the videos OVER and OVER and have tried my damndest to see the logic but there is NONE. And what first aid? The “cops” were more concerned with the ladies “feelings”,they left him there to bleed out. I hope you were trying to be cute/humorous or whatever and not just that plain stupid?

      • But yet this whole ordeal is bs. Period. This while article is a joke to me. But that’s just me.this generation of inconsiderate, selfless,lazy ass people attacking this person for something he/she did or said it whatever . That’s what sickens me. You focus on what a few people do but totally ignore what is happening in this messed up place you all call earth. To tell you the truth ,who gives a shit. Grow the hell up and look at the big picture that is right in front of your damn face. Between these so called presidential canidats and the war and Obama do his stupid shit . I just don’t care if he took a knee or played with ballsack.

      • This is to show that yes the DOD has been paying money to sports team but it also shows my point of view on the whole thing of taking a knee.

        WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has paid more than $9 million to professional sports franchises the past four years, including $6.8 million to stage “paid patriotism” events, Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain disclosed Wednesday.

        The events ranged from full-field displays of the American flag to enlistment and re-enlistment ceremonies and emotional reunions of returning service members and their families.

        The report includes details of contracts with payments totaling $9.1 million to teams in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association and Major League Soccer. Investigators identified $6.8 million worth of contracts to the major sports teams that included events considered to be paid patriotism.

        NFL teams were among the biggest beneficiaries, receiving more than $6 million, according to the report. The Atlanta Falcons received $879,000; the New England Patriots, $700,000; and the Buffalo Bills, $650,000. The Atlanta Braves received $450,000, the most of any Major League Baseball franchise, while the Minnesota Wild were paid $570,000, the most of any National Hockey League team.

        The Atlanta contracts included a 2013 event during which a roaring crowd cheered as the Falcons welcomed 80 guard members who unfurled an American flag across the Georgia Dome’s turf. “Little did those fans — or millions of other Americans — know that the National Guard had actually paid the Atlanta Falcons for this display of patriotism,” the report said.

        So it is not just the DOD fault it is also the fault of the owners of these teams. The DOD was doing it for recruitment the owners of the teams are just greedy.

        Do I agree with the DOD paying for this no. However it is not every team that is doing this.

        Being a Navy wife for 20 years I have seen enlistment and re-enlistment ceremonies and emotional reunions of returning service members and their families at sports games.

        You do not know what it is like for a military family how hard it is for the men and woman that serve this country these little events mean so much to them. It is not just hard on the service members it is also hard on the family. The military does not see someones color they see their brother and sisters in arms.

        So No I will not take a knee because I believe it is disrespectful.

        I think that Colin Kaepernick just wanted attention and sitting during the pre game is how he did got his attention.

        Do what the Seahawks did and link arms that is not disrespectful. I would do that but I will not take a knee.

      • Bonnie Miranda, I respectfully disagree with you and John. Two wrongs have never made anything right in this world and it should not start now. Freedom of expression is not carte blanche, all inclusive… I beg to differ; Clear and present danger was a doctrine adopted by the Supreme Court of the United States to determine under what circumstances limits can be placed on First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, or assembly. I see the “traitors” actions no different than if he walked in the middle of the stadium and burned our nation’s flag. Would we still have the same conversation then? Not at all… For me, his skin color plays no part in this; just his actions. He has done a disservice to himself and his cause as no one is listening. He has valid points but his actions were wrong and people are reacting, that simple. Don’t blame the white-man for not taking a knee, I will not! I will meet, I will gather and I will work with anyone willing to do the right thing. But to insult veterans and a nation in the process; pound sand John! Hate does not solve problems and that is Kaep’s platform; hate on a nation through peaceful protest, is still hate. Rise up! I stand behind this great country, even with all its faults. Only with teamwork, collaboration, executive support and dedication will we make a dent in this problem. I am guessing the NFL doesn’t teach teamwork much; as long as Goodell protects the criminals for the financial advancement of his buddies, change is on hold.

    • John, are you for real??? Who the hell paid you off to write this bs?? What they are doing is pure disrespect, spoiled, entitled sh*t! Just like every time a black person gets shot, there’s a riot. What does rioting do? It solves nothing, just like these a**holes disrespecting America solves nothing. All this does is show the world how much of an moron you really are, bending knee in disrespect is only their way of having a tantrum. OPEN YOUR EYES, and see it for what it really is! In agreeing with them, and trying to excuse what they’re doing, makes you as bad as them!

      • And agreeing that we don’t have a right and a CLEAR CUT REASON To protest, and “b*tch” makes you Judy as bad as the racists and extremist that feel that all black people deserve to die in such heinous ways. You are clearly apart of the problem he’s speaking of and you, sir, need to take several seats.

      • I believe every black athlete should boycotted for one year and any company that pull their endorsement from an athlete should be boycotted and black america are great consumers that for one year buy only black or just necessities no new purses, shoes, clothes just the necessities. Everybody loves the color GREEN.

      • You are sure brave and patriot Anonymous. Lol. If you want to have a say use your name and stand behind what you write online. Otherwise your dumb and prejudice views don’t deserve to be heard. Standing behind anonymity isn’t a shield its the cowards way out.

        We should all grieve when the justice system fails. When one human being hurts and kills another without cause. We should take a knee to remember those lost because of hatred and abuses in power. It’s important to do something when we are confronted by the brokenness in society. We need to do better, not spread hate by what we are putting into the world.

        Be better Anonymous. Help make this world a better place.

      • I totally agree this is bullshit! I’m an all lives matter person, I have total respect for our law enforcement, they can do other things to draw attention to their so called cause but all this has been started by disrespect, disrespect of rules, laws, thinking they can do anything they want with no repercussions ! And it’s our country that allows them to do and say what they want!

        • You clearly don’t understand, all lives matters, true what we are saying based upon police shooting we should matter, if you are afraid of us you shouldn’t be the police, just a little background on me 22 years in the army and no problens even today giving my life for my country

        • No, no you’re not for all lives. That’s a deflection. You’re only concerned with white lives or, instead of spewing bullshit, you’d be reading multiple accounts of why it’s necessary to declare #BlackLivesMatter.

        • People are free to disrespect. Doesn’t mean you should get shot and killed for it. This is America god damnit! I have the freedom to flip the bird to anyone and not die.

        • The consequence of disrespect is not death and should never be. Admit that you hold the lives of white people higher than people of color. You can’t begin to fix it until you admit it.

      • What your comment ignores is our history.

        For centuries, law enforcement has NOT been the black person’s “friend”. We white people had “Officer Friendly” to look up to and seek out if we needed aid… the black person was more likely to receive abuse (sometimes even lynching) at the hands of those wearing the badge. (Lynching occurred even during my lifetime, the last one in the 1980’s after I graduated high school).

        The reason that people got away with mistreating the blacks? Because we bought into stereotypes. Blacks had an unrelenting sexual drive – so our women were not safe (many lynchings happened because a black man smiled at, or said hello to, or did something that a white person found offense with – no matter how innocent – and they died for it). Later, we bought into the idea that blacks were “thugs” (think of even the death of Travon and how readily people believed that he was into gangs, drugs, violence – when he was none of those things)… bought into the idea that all blacks resist authority and somehow “deserve” the treatment they got.

        And yet, look at some of the tapes we have. A black man shot in the back while running away, and yet the police claimed he was “resisting”. Tamir Rice shot 1.5 seconds after the officer cleared the door of his car, yet the officer claimed that he’d repeatedly told Tamir to put down his “weapon”. Could not have happened. Yesterday, the police officer said that the “suspect” would not “show me his hands”, yet at that point the video shows him with his hands in the air; and he was a “suspect” of what? Having a disabled vehicle?

        Without these tapes, many of us (including myself) would have probably continued to believe that the black people in these incidents “deserved” what they got. But as I see person after person being abused by the police, find out that officers are on tape conspiring to trump up charges (and this is no longer just a “black” problem, by the way)… see video where the police report does not match the video recording… see people dying in situations that should NEVER have gone that far… I have to say we have a problem. I’ve experienced a wee little taste of it myself when the small town police department where I lived went rogue because they had a chief who was literally a little unbalanced. I no longer view the cops without fear. In fact, I now hesitate to call them in in situations where I think maybe the person who I think needs assistance might wind up dead. (This happened a few weeks ago when I spotted someone with either a mental break or a drug related issue was on the street behaving irrationally.. I didn’t call the cops because I was worried that he’d wind up dead.). I do not like feeling this way. I don’t like viewing the police with an eye of caution. I was not raised that way, and I have friends who are cops, have been cops, or are involved in corrections work… I want them to be safe, I want them to come home to their families… but I also feel the same way about the people they deal with every day… And too many of those are not coming home. Ever.

      • Anon. you are leaving out a few details, critical details. Every time a black person gets shot (and killed since it is plain from all videos showing that they shoot to kill and never provide first aid, rather preferring to witness them bleed out, so as not to testify against them), the perp is never brought to justice, and the death is swept under the fat blue line, Over and over , and over again, which naturally, since blacks are human just like you and I, despite your attempts to deny it, results in anger since justice is never served I salute all those who riot and won’t take injustice lying down.

        • Can you please make a point instead of throwing out insults? We’d love to talk to you but you don’t seem to have a point to counter, you just like to call people names.

      • what makes you a moron is saying that what kc did is disrespectful without being able to prove it. and you can’t. not once in the history of this country has kneeling during the anthem been documented or recognized as disrespect. you and yours have no reference to support the accusation. you don’t even have the ability to explain how it’s disrespectful.

      • To all the people leaving a comment under the name “Anonymous” are a bunch of pansies.

        You can definitely say your BS behind that computer of yours, but I challenge you idiots to physically go up to any person of color and say the same damn stupid ass comments.

        You can’t.

        Instead of being the exact description of white people that John Pavlovitz wrote on, try putting yourself in the mindset of a person of color. You’ll learn something.

      • Anonymous, you talk as if you are describing small children using descriptives such as “spoiled” and “tantrum”… these athletes are grown men who have the right to do what they want to do. Don’t be mad and take it personally because you spend your days watching them make more money than you will ever make in your lifetime, doing what they love, only to find out that they don’t identify with your definition of “patriotism”. Move on. Leave John alone. At least he is standing for something and isn’t afraid to put himself out there. NEXT! Patriotism is an emotional attachment to a nation which an individual recognizes as their homeland. This attachment, also known as national feeling or national pride, can be viewed in terms of different features relating to one’s own nation, including ethnic, cultural, political or historical aspects.

      • Entitled?! Treat “us” equally is all we want. Disrespect America? What has America done for black people other than attempt to oppress us? Even the black veterans were/are treated unfairly so We have NEVER felt entitled!Btw, why are all of you bigots anonymous? Stand up and identify yourselves. Oh, you won’t bc you want ppl to think you’re for all ppl not just white ppl. You’re definitely part of the problem.

        • I thought that having a black president would have created unity in our country. Instead Obama has created a division that seems worse than ever in some areas. I feel so saddened for the families of anyone that has lost a loved one! We need to pray for theses families. We need to pray for the police officers. I do not know what it would be like to go to work everyday and not know whether you will live or die. I just wish that people would listen when being stopped or questioned. I wish police officers would not shoot a person that is unarmed. Mayb they can’t always tell and it’s their life or other persons that will be taken. I wish the media would stop putting it out there before all the facts are known. I wish the riots would be protests that are peaceful. It seems that many of the people causing the destruction are not even from the town where the shootings have happened. So they don’t care about tearing up the place. They don’t live there. I am so thankful that in my community there still seems to be mutual respect, love and kindness for one another. I pray for peace. Unfortunately, statistics show that blacks in Chicago have been murdering each other this year more than NY and LA combined. The percentage of homes that black people own, employment of black people (primarily black men) and on welfare are greater than ever. So yes many black people I’m sure feel oppressed. What has Obama done for you? What has he done for me? What have these football players done to help the black community? Do they feel your pain? Do they live in your communities? Do they devote their time and money to help black lives? Any life other than their own, their families? If they want change why don’t they make change by turning a negative into a positive instead of trying to put the spotlight on themselves? What good has taking a knee done? Why don’t they go into these communities and meet people. Talk to people. Create unity by being present with all people of all colors. Meet with law enforcement. Go to Chicago. Help the people of Chicago. It seems like the only thing they are creating is more chaos, more hate, more distrust.
          I pray for each every one of you that God will bless you! I pray that each every one of you will always show love, kindness and respect for everyone. We are all God’s children. We can all make a difference. Your life matters. All lives matter! I pray for God to bring peace to the USA.

      • OPEN YOUR EYES! Those “riots” are called PROTESTS. Look it up- you might educate yourself a little bit. It raises awareness to try and make a CHANGE. You know- what MLK did in the 60s. Except it’s 2016- and this shit is STILL happening. maybe not in YOUR community or where YOU grew up. But elsewhere. again- open YOUR eyes! If you believe to be free from ignorance and you understand where black people are coming from, and you know their history, and you realize what’s happening- then maybe this article shouldn’t be so upsetting to you? #ALLlivesmatter right?? Im confused

      • Actually, it’s a very peaceful attempt to make people aware of the injustices that are taking place towards individuals of color in our country, but people like you are clearly too angry and blind to see that. The evidence lies in your response above. #sad

      • Dumb ass…players on the field during the national anthem is relatively new. The NFL is being paid millions a year for fake patriotism. See for yourself. You don’t have to believe me! Before 2004 players weren’t on the field for the national anthem. Oh and half of your congressmen don’t stand during the national anthem either. It means nothing as far as I’m concerned it’s just a stupid song. It’s unconstitutional to force a civilian to salute the American flag. We live in a free country be thankful.

    • John, are you for real??? Who the hell paid you off to write this bs?? What they are doing is pure disrespect, spoiled, entitled sh*t! Just like every time a black person gets shot, there’s a riot. What does rioting do? It solves nothing, just like these a**holes disrespecting America solves nothing. All this does is show the world how much of an moron you really are, bending knee in disrespect is only their way of having a tantrum. OPEN YOUR EYES, and see it for what it really is! In agreeing with them, and trying to excuse what they’re doing, makes you as bad as them!

      • Do you express the same outrage towards the disrespectful, spoiled, entitled sh*ts that disrespect the President of the United States of AMERICA, who was elected, twice, by the AMERICAN people?
        Or are Americans only supposed to blindly respect flags and police officers?

        • Eva, Even though I may disagree with the POTUS, I would still stand if he entered the room out of respect for the position. By showing respect I think I would have more credibility when sharing my opinions when given an opportunity. Standing for the flag is no different. You should still stand out of respect for what it represents. Otherwise you drive a wedge and your message can fall on deaf ears.

          • claiming that kneeling is disrespectful is an opinion, not a fact. having respect for what this country represents means that you don’t substitute your interpretation for someone else’s intent. the wedge is being driven by people who don’t know the difference.

          • Here it is again. Just Curious is arguing with angela, yet they share identical avatars, both of which are the same as Respectful Citizen. That’s either an amazing coincidence or they’re the same person.

      • You’re right. All this has been started by disrespect, disrespect of rules, laws, thinking they can do anything they want with no repercussions. But it’s not by the athletes. It’s by those in law enforcement who have no respect for human lives.

      • Dumb ass…players on the field during the national anthem is relatively new. The NFL is being paid millions a year for fake patriotism. See for yourself. You don’t have to believe me! Before 2004 players weren’t on the field for the national anthem. Oh and half of your congressmen don’t stand during the national anthem either. It means nothing as far as I’m concerned it’s just a stupid song. It’s unconstitutional to force a civilian to salute the American flag. We live in a free country be thankful

    • Here is *one* white American who is *very* close to flipping her sh*t from grief & rage over police executing her(my) brothers & sisters, sons & daughters! This has got to STOP!!!

    • Are you kidding me! Disrespecting our Armed Forces, Veterans, and those you lost their lives on 9/11 is not acceptable. My Uncles got wounded in WWII and their lives should be respected. I am getting so sick and tired of hearing about football players kneeling during the National Anthem while they make millions of dollars playing with a damn football. No one is entitled in this country and rioting, throwing rocks, upending police cars is making the situation worse. I am getting less in Social Security and living week to week and I am White. You had better get all the facts before preaching. By the way, what other Country can those football players have the life they have with all their $$$$$. Get out of the Country if you don’t like it instead of kneeling on a football field.

      • Your uncle as well as other vets and service men and women fought for the freedoms we all enjoy in our country–including peaceful demonstrations for causes we believe in. I applaud that athletes choose to peacefully and respectfully kneel to bring attention to the injustices that are occurring in our country. This is a basic freedom afforded by our great country and our constitution. Sorry you don’t get that core message! Imagine what our country would be if we listened to your belief that they do not have a right to peaceful protest–a dictatorship!

      • you don’t care about facts – like the fact that nothing happened to your uncles because somebody took a knee. you’d hurt yourself trying to explain how they were disrespected. if you’re so concerned about facts, why don’t you read the constitution and what it says about first amendment rights. being an ignorant american is what’s unacceptable.

      • What happened to freedom of speech? They have that right. You can’t justify somebody’s rights at the expense of another’s rights. That flag and song that you so righteously argue for also gives them the freedom to exercise their freemdom of speech, so in a way they are honoring the flag and the song!

    • Do what cops tell you to do and you wont have a problem . Wheres the outrage fro this : Recently an 18-year-old University of South Alabama student, Gil Collar, was shot and killed by a campus police officer.

      At the time of the shooting, the student was under the influence of LSD and exhibiting erratic behavior around the campus police station.

      A two-minute video of the incident was played for the media by the Mobile County sheriff’s department.

      A security camera mounted on the campus police station at the university and recorded most of the entire incident including the shooting.

      Collar was seen acting “aggressively” in the short video, first walking up to the campus police station, pounding on the window and then walking away from it. He then walked back up to the station and again retreated.

      At that point, black police officer Trevis Austin stepped outside from the station with his gun drawn and pointed at Collar, who reportedly had his “arms outstretched and palms open,” according to Austin.

      The two then moved around the building, with Collar kneeling at one point and then standing back up and walking toward the officer. The officer had his firearm trained on the white student as he approached the officer.

      They both moved into the yard and though the camera shot from that angle was partially blocked, it showed Collar dropping to the ground after having been shot once in the chest.

      The entire incident played out within thirty seconds after Austin came out of the building.

      Jere Beasley, attorney for the Collar family, said about the shooting, “I can tell you without reservation nothing we saw in the videotape justified the use of deadly force in this case.”

    • GOOD LUCK….i appreciate reading your column even though it will never happen the people that live there everyday lives judging and looking down on people with there bigotry will never see anything other than the hate that i am reading on these comments below.

    • No respectfully nothing… Pathetic and devisive, fostering the hatred and STUPIDITY. Dont do the crime and cops wont shoot your ass. White american… For real?? You can sit your ass down, in the corner, with a dunce cap. Bunch of fools acting like people owe em something they havent earned.. You are the problem!

    • Sir, you need to tey doing a little more research. 2015 Washington Times.
      http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/21/police-kill-more-whites-than-blacks-but-minority-d/
      Reports show that in 2015 our peace keepers killed more when men than black men. Does this in anyway lessen the lost of the black Americans? No it doesnt. However a white man getting shot by police isn’t front page news. However media outlets, such as yourself, latch on and try and make it a race based conversation.
      Its simply pathetic that you havent the intelligence to go and do the necessary research.

    • I think it’s truly sad that we as a country can’t justify the few people that are questionable in their innocence and not to kneel down every Monday morning to the senseless murders week in and week out in the black communities. We should all be looking into WHY every week every day murder after murder in places such as The South Side in Chicago. Blacks killing Blacks is much sadder to me then a few questionable people not complying with police. F-the police will never be pushed aside as long as Offices have guns pointed at them. Yes all murders are senseless so lets kneel for all of them. Lets kneel for the innocent people getting shot because someone put their gun in their waist after putting on their sneakers. Just so tired of the one or two police offices shooting non complying individuals with communities be outraged and communities not be outraged by the senseless murders that happen everyday. Black on Black murders are real. When I see professional athletes protest THAT!!!! Then and only then will I reconsider the way I think about the whole kneeling thing!

    • I’m not going to take a knee and not salute my flag. That is disrespectful to those who have fought and died for my freedom. I also will not join in any sweeping anti-cop sentiments, as for every one corrupt stop or otherwise mishandled incident per year, there are dozens of good ones EVERY DAY that go unsung where our men and women in blue protect us in a thankless, dangerous job. I will, however stand against excessive use of force by police, and against those who abuse their badge. I will also stand against social inequality. Racism is still a problem in this country, and I refuse to ignore it. But I will not opt for an act of disrespect as my means of protest. Not when disrespect is a root of the real problem – inequality and hate.

      That being said – he’s not burning the flag, or making a public nuisance. He’s exercising his inalienable right to freedom of speech and peaceful demonstration. It’s his right not to stand. People need to calm down about this, and worry about the real problem, which are the bigots generating the issues these players are protesting.

    • Do you know that five white guys were killed by police on the same day? They were also not obeying the law and did not follow the officers instructions. The media exploited the black man and only ran him as the victim instead of as the felon. The media caused the riots in NC and should be ashamed. The terrorist group know as BLM needs to be disbanded immediately. The BLM is just a bunch of hoodrats and are super predators. Hillary was right. George Soros you are a LOSER!

    • I think I love you and I don’t even know you. This was beautifully written and as a black man, whenever you would prefer to black and brown people as your brothers and sisters of color, vividly warm my heart. I wish more of my white neighbors aspired to references me as one of their brothers.

  1. By saying “White America” you continue to divide this great nation. Lets try “America, it’s time to stand up and take notice of what is going on in our great Nation”. Let’s try that.
    Nobody will get their panties in a bunch over that…..

    • R, I have to disagree with you. The problem is “white America.” We white people have a privilege that is different from the experience of all non-white citizens.

      When someone says #BlackLivesMatter, and someone else responds #AllLivesMatter, then it is clear that the responder is part of the white privileged group who has yet to acknowledge and confront their own white privilege.

      No one ever said #AllLivesMatter until we began to say #BlackLivesMatter.

      • And nobody says #BlackLivesMatter in the places where black lives are being lost at a ridiculous rate at the hands of other black people. Demonstrations need to be marched into those neighborhoods as well.

        • Black on black crime is no more prevalent than white on white crime. This is a proven fact. People perpetrate crimes within their own racial category more often than not. Talkign about so called Black on Black crime is yet another deflection and complete obliviousness to the problem at large.

          • Ummm so the black on black crime statistics are made up….phony? I would like to see BLM protesting the streets of Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore where Murder is a daily occurance.

            • I have to agree with you. You can add such cities as Harrisburg, Philadelphia and York, Pennsylvania to the list! It’s always the same, everyday. People have no respect for eachother anymore. Everyone does matter. No matter the color. I was raised in a biracial family and brought up we are equal. It’s ashame, society today…..

            • You are so missing the point.. The fact is the police is suppose to protect and serve the community it is serving not profile and kill the people because a pre- conceived notion based on there skin color. No one is saying that black on black crime is not a problem but when you live in a society where even the police is now a problem against you because of your skin color that is a bigger problem.

            • Then perhaps you should move into those cities and you will see what you’re looking for. It happens all the time, Peace marches take place everyday, but that’s not what makes the mainstream and national news. If you want to read about the people who stand up, the people to whom Black Lives do matter to, you only have to search as far as the nearest Black newspaper. In it, you will see stories about the great things that ALSO happen each day in the Black community, along side the peace marches. It’s a big lie that Black Lives do not matter to Black people, they matter all day everyday. Challenge the belief, and just because you say they don’t, does not make it a fact. You’re entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own facts!

            • Since you seem to care so much about black on black crime, instead of protesting against us as we try to stop the institutional injustices why don’t you take that energy and go speak out against it in earnedt. Please don’t use it as a weapon to say it’s ok for the police to kill blacks or to justify blacks being killed period. Sadly I know you won’t do this because your concern is not with who is killing blacks but by the fact we are outraged when whites do it. You will never understand our terror.

            • Well, if you did any real research, you would know that there are already organizations that were made/started to combat inner-city violence. organizations like Mothers Against Violence, S.A.V.E. { Students Against Violence Everywhere} Stop the Violence, etc. BLM was organized to address POLICE BRUTALITY. But, of course you didn’t know that because you’re blind to anything outside of your idiotic views. Oh, by the way, white on white crime is getting out of hand too! You know, with all the kidnappings, incest, human trafficking, drug running, rapes, and sex slave crimes in the world!

              • THIS. Yes, there are constant efforts in all major cities (and smaller ones, too) to combat crime of all kinds, no matter who perpetrates it. And yes, there are many black-organized and black-run groups specifically speaking to and trying to protect black Americans from violence. The fiction that “black on black” violence is ignored by anyone is flat out racist, and it’s horrifying to see that this response would appear in the comments on this thoughtful and compassionate article.

            • perhaps you haven’t seen BLM protesting in these areas because you have never been. you only know what the media chooses to show you. much easier for your conscience to deflect and point out that black people kill other black people, than to acknowledge that paid government servants are killing civilians without due process.

            • Nice try, but your racism is showing. we are talking about institutional killing of black people by white people with the acquiescencse of society. when a black person kills a black person they go to jail every time. Nobody makes excuses for them and nobody gets off on a technicality. stop muddying the issue with irrelevant bullshit.

          • Who the hell cares about black on black or white on white POLICE ARE HERE TO PROTECT NOT KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE….AND NOT TO CREATE MORE CRIME BECAUSE THATS POLICE ON WHITE POLICE ON BLACK POLICE ON CHINESE ….ASIAN. POLICE ON HUMANITY PERIOD.

            • “https://www.youtube.com/ embed/qq0_nyWVXCI”
              this is the best reply to the whole protest the nation.
              as to arguments that the police are supposed to protect innocent lives not take them.

              if you are approved by an officer White black yellow brown or purple and make a sudden move toward an area where the office cannot see what you are going for when they have told you not to move is asking for trouble.

              no matter your color you need to treat them with respect and you will get the same (usually) in return. communication is important especially in current days where Police that are not doing things are attacked and killed they are a bit jumpy as well.

              What we all need to do is stand together
              remember E Pluribus unum

          • That doesn’t give the cops a pass to kill. You make the cops sound just as bad as the criminals killing the other innocent black victims. Maybe they are! That what it looks like from my perspective.

            Thanks John!

          • “Black on Black” crime happens, just like white on white crime, etc. Except it is the only one that has a “name”. These crimes are often tried convicted and the guilty party actually serves time for the crimes done. Folks are getting together to reduce crimes within their own communities, you’re just too quick to type then to do your own research before making such a fat blanketed statement.

            That said, it does not allow police officers, paid law enforcement, to get away killing innocent, unarmed civilians. (You know, the folks who are probably not used to having guns aimed at their face.) While this is a Black Lives Matter movement… it is not just black people. Its also includes Latinos, Indigenous people suffering the same problems. It includes folks with undetected disabilities like the deaf and mute.

            Keep in mind I have the utmost respect for the law enforcement. Who I have a problem with are the police officers who are terrorizing the community (yes, I went there) and getting away with it.

            And for those saying that the military fought for our right to live in this great country. The military fought for our right to free speech. Slaves also fought for our freedom, so did so many civil rights activist. We owe it to them to continue to fight.

        • Red herring alert.

          We’ve already had this discussion last week and we’ve already seen the evidence and hard facts that more white people kill people than black people do.

          I know you were part of that conversation.

        • Well anonymous there are demonstrations and protests and town halls for black on black crime. In fact there was a rather large town hall for all the violence in Chicago the day before D Wade’s cousin was murdered on the street. It included alot of influential ppl but it didn’t make national media because Noone cares about when we do things for ourselves. There are hundreds of demonstrations and programs to help try and prevent speak out against black on black violence. You should do your research instead of just looking at mainstream media for information before you say no one does or say anything about black on black crime. Just because there are other problems does not mean that this is not a problem that needs to be addressed. Doesn’t make right that innocent unarmed civilians are being gunned down by those who are supposed to protect and serve. That should have been a video of 4 cops helping this man push his car on the side of the road instead of him being shot on the side of the road.

        • That’s just it, put white Americans in low income housing, offer them education with budget cuts and ect. Give them jobs with less pay (which is a proven fact)Leave them little to no hope to get out of poverty wanting more for themselves and their families, resulting to selling drugs. This then results in violence and you my friend will get white on white crime and whites killing whites.

          • Poverty is a BS excuse for committing crime. How many households in black communities across this country are run by a single parent? Instill proper morals in people while they are still young, make sure they stay in school, and teach them to respect authority, and they won’t end up as criminals getting shot by the police. The resolution to the problem isn’t rocket science.

            • Once again, people just won’t see the meaning in BLM, it’s not about color on color crimes, because there is white on white crime, Hispanic on Hispanic crimes, the issue is Blue on Black crimes.

            • Draco,
              What he’s saying is BOB crime is a reality but to take the stance of you fix yours first and we’ll fix ours is a siege-type mentality that ultimate cancels out our ability to solve anything. People are saying they are tired of talking about it but I think we’re talking around its which is why nothing is happening. The first step in problem solving is admitting there is a problem and to acknowledge your part in it. Collectively as a nation, we haven’t worked our way through step one yet.

            • White people kill waaaaaay more white people than Muslims but I haven’t heard ANYONE say…solve white on white crime before we address ISIS and Muslim crimes against whites ..this is just hypocrisy!!!

        • How about you focus on the white community where white males between the ages of 34-68 are committing over 90% of the child sex crimes. Funny I never hear a white person calling for action around this “white on white” crime as you call for black people to address the issues in their community.

        • …and they are. I live in Chicago, those marches don’t get televised nationally. Perhaps the media picks stories to keep up divisiveness; nevertheless, they do march in the middle of Chiraq but nothing has changed. This rampant black on black crime is not going to stop from a March – the solution are vast. For example, these areas need better education (but, tax dollars in poverty stricken areas deliver poverty stricken education. ) uneducated people make for low skill —> shitty jobs. In the cycle is real and often feels hopeless…

        • Why is it that ppl are so quick to bring up black on black violence when we speak of blacks dying at the hands of whites? Yes B O B crime is high and needs to stop as well by the subject is cops killing blacks. Stop diverting or rationalizing as if blacks kill blacks so it’s ok for cops to kill. None of the Bkacks took an oath to protect and serve either. If you immediately being up B O B crime then you are the example mentioned of being blind to the situation

        • How do you know that those protest aren’t taking place? Do you live in those areas? I’m so sick of people bringing that up in response to these killings. All of it is a problem.

        • Citizens of neighborhoods where black lives are being lost at hand of other blacks do indeed say #BlackLivesMatter. I have been a public school teacher in Chicago for the last 16 years and in that time there have bern countless demonstrations, marches, student assemblies, peace rallies and more to protest the senseless killings, especially of our young people.

      • Sorry, but i disavow this White America you speak of. That is too simplistic a view of what’s going on here; this is not the experience of inclusiveness i was brought up in and around. Stuff like these unfathomable killings is like a whole different country to me, and not one I identify with. I stand with people of color against injustice, but I am not an apologist for the idiots who were raised on hate, regardless of skin color. I am nothing like them, and thwy ate nothing like me. I can acknowledge white privilidge without it being the go to excuse to justify the racist, poorly trained, and inexcusible actions of these police. My privilidge is not the reason innocent people of color are getting gunned down, that reasoning is backwards. Privilidge is the reason that white people are NOT getting gunned down by an overzealous, militaristic, trigger happy police force. It is absolutely shameful and abhorrent, and the root of the cause is something twisted in these people’s upbringing that is deeper than skin color, and i think it has to do with fundamentalist religious beliefs that indoctrinate folks to be hateful of anyone different from themselves. Sadly, skin color is the easiest/quickest difference in people to identify, and people of color suffer greatly due to this. I mourn their loss and encourage discourse on how we as a society must change this injustice. But i am quite sure that if I were an officer on that scene i would have done everything in my power to prevent yet another tragedy. There’s something wrong with these people and being white may be something they have in common but stopping there excuses everyone from asking the harder questions about what parents are teaching their children, what’s being taught in schools, churches to cause people to perpetuate this brainwashing of hatred. It’s not okay; the conversation is barely scratching the surface when you dismiss a real conversation by labeling it a problem of white privilidge. That’s the easy way out, a dialogue created by white people to excuse themselves of what really are much much darker realities. Wake up people!

        • I get what you’re saying Mark but I believe that this statement is a huge part of the problem: ” I am nothing like them, and thwy ate nothing like me.”

          Until white people admit that we all have biases against people of color–that we are actually raised in a culture where it is impossible not to develop those, and to benefit from them–we will continue to shuffle the problems down the road for someone else to deal with. You’re not better than any of these cops, and neither am I–it’s just not as simple as saying they’re just bad people who weren’t raised right. It is so much deeper than that, and I believe the refusal to recognize and acknowledge that openly is the reason police fail black men. No matter how open you think your eyes are, we are all taught on some level that black men’s lives simply do not matter as much, because they are likely to be criminals or dangerous. And the current process sanctions murder by cop as long as the cop felt there was a threat–and cops ALWAYS feel threatened by black men.

      • I disagree with you there. You need to do more research. There is all colors saying all lives matter. Not just white Americans. If people would do research before getting angry or acting out. They may know the hole facts. I do think shoot someone unarmed is sad. And I do feel for the families but at the same time. Why not stop when your told. Why not do as your asked. Then maybe they would not feel in danger. Yes I think there are tons of bad police officers that use there bag for power. And they should be punished. But why everyone. Or excuse me why only the white officers.

        • It’s not about “only white officers” – police culture in general is to blame for perpetuating racial biases and sanctioning behavior that puts black men and boys in particular in danger. Last night’s murder was at the hands of a black officer – we have arrived 400 years after the deliberate implementation of racism for economic gain at a very convoluted point in time – will White America start listening and admit there’s a need for change, or continue to be blind, dumb and deaf to the fact that change has to start with us? The first step is admitting we have a problem, and many people still refuse to take it.

      • Thats not right. Blacks have every privalages white do…and they have more whenu throw in 100 black men ckub, anaacp, uncf ect ect ect. Just because they do t take advantagof it isnt anyones fault bu their own!!! Period!!! Quit looking for a hand out and go to work for petes sake .

      • Stfu… BLM is a soros pawn. Blacks have the same privileges, after all there is one in the white house ruining this nation right now. Go on and pretend like the man still keeping the boys down; a slap in the face for all those successful people walking around with MD, PhD, etc behind their non oppressed black names.

        Y’all make me wonder what kinda crap was in the ground water your momma drank when you were developing. Smdh

    • America is ALREADY divided. That is the point. Until the whole of America does it, we’re going to call out the parts of it that don’t. We’re calling them to join in unity with us.

    • R. I am not buying into this Republican crap about dividing America by mentioning racial and ethnic groups. The fundamental fact of the matter is that this nation IS DIVIDED and always has been. You cannot sweep that under the rug and pretend that these divisions do not exist. On the day they cease to exist—we can all quit talking about the divisions. The fact of the matter is that we have a racist political party in the United States, and it is called the Republican Party. Many Republicans do not like to hear that truth because the truth hurts sometimes. And no, I am not a Democrat. I am an Independent. Personal opinion, if you are an old white person and you do not like African-Americans, Mexicans, or peaceful Arabic adherents of Islam, you are living in the wrong country because your beliefs are antithetical to the basic principles of freedom and fair play on which this country was founded.

    • LOL yeah right…only someone with White Privilege would believe this to be true after Colin Kaepernick has been called every Black name in the book…

    • Or, you could understand the full breadth of what John is saying. Black America, America the Colorful, has been in the fight against this kind of injustice for generations; when will White America, en masse, join them?

      • Yes to this! Hit the nail on the head. All these other comments are apologists’ excuses to deflect and shift blame. Enough is enough!!

    • America is already very divided. Many people still refuse to acknowledge there is a problem. That acknowedgement needs to be made in order for change to come.

    • Thank you from the fat old white woman who sits through the anthem at Fenway Park. The one who cries for the families of the murdered men who are killed because of the color of their skin. The crazy old bat who dons her hoodie and carries skittles on Trayvons birthday. My heart aches for this country. And I am very angry that state sponsored murder is rampant. Though my skin is very pale, I am a member of the human race. I was raised to believe that no group of people should be painted with one brush. I am white and I sit.

    • But by saying America, would that not be overlooking the fact that we are a country that is racially divided? Calling a spade a spade it’s the “problem” – being a spade is…

    • Want to be even more politically correct let’s try Americans of the United States since there’s a central, northern and southern America.

  2. I would love to respectfully ask the blacks to quit complaining about policemen doing a very difficult job and start trying to figure out why most of black deaths are caused by black killing blacks. The black man’s biggest worry is himself. I agree we have to make strides in the white community, although the progress we had made has been destroyed in the last eight years. So sad. But I think people like Colin must show us they are also concerned about their own people killing each other before we totally get on board.

    • Do you really believe that?

      Have you failed to notice that people who kill the most people in the USA are white supremacists?

      Should white people show us they are also concerned about their own people killing each other before we totally get on board.

    • We should always be concerned when we have corrupted police anywhere. The fact that blacks kill blacks, blacks kill white, whites kill whites etc., has nothing to do with police killing black people who don’t deserve it. That was the strangest post I ever read. I’m not trying to be mean, but maybe you did not think before you wrote it, but did you hear yourself?
      Look, cops are people first. There is a small % cops that are bad people. At times I think the cops freak out like in the case where the cop shot the caretaker of the autistic boy and shot. But they still have to be held accountable. They are not. There has to be better training. There has to be better testing before they hired. There has to be better accountability when this is done. In the case of Freddie Grey not one police officer was held accountable for that boy. Not one. They killed him. And don’t even say because they were found not guilty they are not guilty. They killed him. Just because someone of these guys/woman are not actually above the law completely does not mean they deserve to die. You comment was very ignorant (I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt here), and hopefully you can understand that just because black people kill people does not make it okay for a police to go and shoot someone. In fact it does not matter what color that person is. IF the person has not done something to be a threat that person does not deserve to be shot and die.

    • I respectfully ask that you not add insult to injury by implying that black people don’t have a right to be alarmed by death at the hands of people sworn to protect them. If you don’t care about the deaths of the innocent, your opinions aren’t valid. And frankly, black on black crime is none of your business.

    • By invoking this Black-on-Black violence red-herring you are exposing how extremely ignorant,  blatantly racist you are!
      You patently dismisses legitimate grievances African Americans have in regards to the public safety and policing of their communities.
      IMHO You who invoke this red herring to change the conversation from ‘police brutality’ to ‘Black-on-Black violence’ aren’t really concerned about the violence in the community at all but, rather, you are exposing your kneejerk reativity with regard to reflexively defending law enforcement & engaging in bearing false witness & the most disgusting and despicable victim-blaming.

      • White on white crime rate is much higher. It’s ridiculous for people to event say this but they say it to try to distract from the real issue at hand that they dont want to comfront.

    • Sandy. Did you seriously just hear what you wrote. Go back and look at it carefully. I can even rewrite it for you:

      “I would love to respectfully ask all you negroes to quit complaining about policemen doing a very difficult job. White policemen just have to shoot them shiny black negroes sometimes. We need to start trying to figure out what is inherently wrong with all these vicious negroes who kill other negroes. Maybe it is just in their genes? All black people care about is themselves—what they can get out of us fine, pure, upstanding white people. I agree we have to make strides in the white community to better understand the nature of the wild negro better, although the progress we had made has been destroyed by that awful jigaboo some elected President eight years ago.. So sad. But I think people like Colin must show us they are also concerned about their own people killing each other before we totally get on board—because killing negroes is just one of the many things we white people do.

      Look lady. I’m sorry—no offense intended—but I grew up Down South and have lived here all my life—and I know all the conscious and unconscious code language and the behaviors associated with it.

    • Americans greatest worry is themselves yet we keep going after terrorists. Hmmm….

      The issue is this- yes, there are black people killing other black people (incidentally, white people kill white people and brown people kill brown people), but 9 times out of 10 they are convicted. There have been numerous cases just within the past year of an officer killing a black person and there being no repercussions. Now, I know you know this, but I’m telling you again since you so willfully choose to be ignorant.

    • You should refer to my comment to the anonymous person above. But doesn’t matter what anyone says because it is this mentality that you have that is the root of the problem.

    • That’s really sad. Whites kill 85% of whites but if I see a video of a police officer murdering an innocent white man, and it keeps happening over and over again, I have enough common decency to not compare it to something that has nothing to do with the current topic. Which is those who have sworn to protect and serve ALL Americans without playing executioner, judge and jury.

    • I would like to respectfully ask that we focus on the fact that 87% of white women who are murdered are killed by white men. The white woman’s biggest worry is the white man. Why is nobody talking about this? I thought #AllLivesMatter?

    • Wait, are you actually saying that White Americans shouldn’t worry about police killings of unarmed Black men not involved in any criminal activity until there aren’t any more Black criminals killing other Black people?

      I’d be willing to accept this logic IF ONLY the reason for the argument was that all your effort was instead directed toward solving the issues of poverty and lack of opportunity that cause young people to turn to gangs and crime instead of their adult mentors and positive role models and college education opportunities. That you had no more time, energy, or money to combat the issues causing excessive use of force by police officers, because you have used it all in support of the victims of crime, injustice, and plain bad luck.

    • Why is it that ppl are so quick to bring up black on black violence when we speak of blacks dying at the hands of whites? Yes B O B crime is high and needs to stop as well by the subject is cops killing blacks. Stop diverting or rationalizing as if blacks kill blacks so it’s ok for cops to kill. None of the Bkacks took an oath to protect and serve either. If you immediately being up B O B crime then you are the example mentioned of being blind to the situation

    • Are you serious…. you don’t need to kneel, you need to lie down. So you are proposing that until black people stop killing black people, police are justified in killing black people. That’s like saying until Catholic priests and child molesters stop preying on children, sexual crimes against children is justified.

    • Folks need to understand the implications of joining forces with BlackLivesMatter? Have you viewed their website? When arriving at their page, click on the menu tab, then their guiding principles, then the black tab with the yellow circle that reads Black Villages. There you will read the alarming words: “We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement…”

    • You failed to make the very pertinent distinction between criminals who kill black citizens and the police who are sworn to “Protect and to Serve” all citizens that kill with impunity. How dare you decide what is the ‘black man’s biggest worry’ and then go on to state that you need the black community to show that they care about their own before you’re willing to get on board?? You have a long way to go in your evolution of understanding the issues here. When you decide to get off your high horse, tuck and roll, because that first step is going to be huge.

    • i would like to respectfully ask you to explain why white on white crime rates are just as high yet cops kill black people at a greater rate? maybe if more people were properly able to apply statistics they could get on board. maybe if more people had the basic sense it realize that cop on civilian crime is not related to color on color crime they could get on board. either way, you need to be a lot less racist to get totally on board.

  3. I always enjoy your post on your blog. It is so refreshing. Where I understand where you are coming from here, I don’t agree with you on this one and that is okay. We don’t have to agree on everything. 😉 Our national anthem is in regards to our country. The entire country. The beef is with the police who are beating and killing black people. Make NO mistake. That is nothing small. It is huge. It’s one of the biggest problems we have in our country although it is a small group of cops if you add all the cops we have out there. It’s still to many. IMHO by not standing for the national anthem is not helping the issue. It has nothing to do with the policemen who are doing this to our black men and woman. It is not disrespecting them. It’s is disrespecting our country as a whole though. BLM, have done a great job marching peacefully week after week and by what I have understand have actually gotten some real work done. They have taken action. I bet being a part of that and donating to them, would be a better way to show and act then disrespect our country’s anthem., then have the world debate it for months on end. I just see it as apples and oranges. But at least we do live in country where they are allowed to not stand for the anthem for any reason they want. That is just my (long) 2 cents.

    • But maybe we should disrespect a country that allows racism to flourish.

      It’s not just cops killing innocent black people, it is also Republican gerrymandering and Republica voter suppression. It is school boards unfairly distributing funds, sending more money to schools in affluent white neighborhoods and less to poorer schools in black neighborhoods. It is teachers treating their black students in a less than manner. It is allowing the bullying by white kids of black kids. It is the fact that the most overtly racist Presidential candidate since I don’t know when, is attracting so many other bigots out of the woodwork like cockroaches.

      So maybe this country doesn’t deserve our respect until we fix our white selves, kneel down with our black sisters and brothers, repent, ask forgiveness from God and each other, and change the USA into a country that no longer has any institutional racism.

    • What I read is that taking a knee is the chance to have an open dialogue and that open dialogue is exactly why it’s a point of contention. It’s a national public form millions (probably more like thousands) watch the sports. So it’s getting you to think about something that affects us all and have a conversation because had he and other fellows not done it you my dear would NOT be talking about it today

    • I respectfully remind you that at the GOP Presidential debate, Trump, unlike the other candidates failed to put his hand over his heart, and he doesn’t give a flying rats ass about police killings of people of any color. There are instructions NO WHERE on how to conduct oneself during the playing or singing of the National anthem. I just don’t understand, condemning people for exercising their right to free speech or expression is just another means by which the rules only apply to the few. Look at the reason for his protest and not how he chooses to protest and you will see that he is expressing his right to be pissed off at the reality of the double standard imposed on minorities in this country where every day black men, women, and yes even black children are being slaughtered by police for minor infractions, or in some cases, no infraction at all. Tamar Rice was a 12 yrs old child doing what little boys do, playing with a toy gun in a park. Officer Friendly didn’t come to him to see if the report of a kid with a gun was real or not, they pulled up, jumped out, and shot that child in 6 seconds flat. Another child, in Baltimore, outside his home with a toy BB gun, was shot. Thankfully he survived. An unarmed caregiver, stretched out on the ground hands in the air pleading with police that his disabled client had a toy truck was shot because….they feared for his life. But you shot the person you say you were protecting, then handcuffed him for his own protection, while the perceived threat continued to sit upright playing with his “weapon” of choice…a toy truck. Now I can almost hear the comments about these kids shouldn’t be playing with toy guns, but then the same commenters get bent out of shape when you talk about gun control, because dammit, you’re not going to take away my gun that really shoots and kill people, but that black child should then, also have the right to PLAY with a toy. Or that unarmed, innocent black man trying to protect his client are shot first and may live to see the next day. Why is it so hard for people to have any compassion or understanding about the real reason why Colin kneels? Why must black people continue to be killed unjustifiable and be demonized because they have been robbed of their rights to life? It sickens me every day I or one of my family members walk out the door to go to work, or have carvtrouble, or are outside playing…any one of these activities is for a black person, potential cause to be shot dead in the street unprovoked unjustified unpunished. When you see people who look like you being slaughtered by people who are supposed to protect and serve there is a problem…and it sure isn’t about Colin kneeling during a tribute to a flag that professes to be the home of the free.

    • Mary.
      Actually the national anthem. Is not for everyone. Check out in its entirety. Scott Key was not speaking about all persons when he wrote it. Heck the constitution we hold so dear did not include people of color when drafted. Liberty and justice were not the intent for blacks when written. Check it out if you do not believe me. Or choose to continue as you always have.

  4. As a white woman, born in 1954, in Southern California, I grew up in a very diverse setting. It’s still hard for me to grasp the level of racism and bigotry in our country in the past and right now. I would recommend reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson if you need some help understanning what message kneeling during the National Anthem is trying to convey. We are a world where, sadly, all men (and women) are not created or treated equal. If we could quit being so egotistical as to think our race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, etc. is the only valid, correct way to be and is superior to all others the world would be vastly improved.

  5. John-
    I’m a veteran who dedicated 20 years of my life to the military. My husband, is currently dedicating over 20. My grandfather fought in WWII, my grandmother was a “Rosie Riveter,” and my great-grandfather fought in WWI. To take a stand/protest against our nation in a way such as the NLF players are doing and kneeling when the flag is presented and the National Anthem is being played is like saying what we fought for and our soldiers, sailors, and Airmen who died fighting (and are still fighting) didn’t matter.

    I am not saying the protest that CK and many others want to take on isn’t important. I think that it is major! I think that it needs to be done. I believe wholeheartedly that we, as a whole, as every race/ethnicity/minority-white, black, Asian, Latino, Indian, Pacific-Islander, gay/lesbian, etc.-all need to come together to fight this battle. We need to show unity. We need to pull together as ONE. I don’t support how he’s doing it because I support my brothers and sisters in arms. However, I support what CK stands for when it comes to wanting better for minorities and being heard. Sometimes it’s how you go about doing things that gets you the (positive) results. My personal opinion is that had he gone about this protest a different way he would have gotten a better response from the public and a better backing from everyone.

    • Samantha, you said, “To take a stand/protest against our nation in a way such as the NLF players are doing and kneeling when the flag is presented and the National Anthem is being played is like saying what we fought for and our soldiers, sailors, and Airmen who died fighting (and are still fighting) didn’t matter.”

      I suppose that is one way to look at it. It’s not mine.

      The way I look at it, that for which our soldiers, sailors, and Airmen who fought and still fight is to defend our country. Our country includes Freedom of Speech, by which the Founding Fathers meant “freedom of political expression.” Colin is a much a patriot as any vet.

      Let us not forget that the very first army on the soil of what was to become known as the United States was an army of protestors. This country is founded on a protest movement. Protest is part of our identity. Our soldiers, sailors, and Airmen fought and still fight to protect our right to protest.

      • Gloriamarie-
        Please don’t confuse my words. I didn’t say I didn’t support his reason for protesting and his right of Freedom of Speech. What I don’t agree with is HOW he is going about doing it, as I stated in my original post. I fully support his right to protest. I just wish that he went about it differently, that’s all.

        • I don’t believe I did confuse your words, Samantha. I believe I understood you quite clearly when you said “s like saying what we fought for and our soldiers, sailors, and Airmen who died fighting (and are still fighting) didn’t matter.”

          I am merely offering a POV that says that the service and sacrifice does matter and that Colin’s act is proof that it matters.

        • i’d be interested to know exactly what sort of protest might be considered appropriate? not trying to be snide, just trying to understand.

        • Do you want to talk about my Grandfather who served in WWI, my father who served in Korea, my aunt’s and uncles who served in WWII and Vietnam and how they were not treated as full citizens even to this day? How does the National Anthem and the Flag honor their service?

      • Samantha, how should he protest? Carry a sign? What’s acceptable? I think his non-violent, quiet and effective gesture is very appropriate, and respectfully done. What about when the basketball players threw their jerseys on the ground after the tape was played with their owner’s bigoted comments? These athletes are people of color, they represent the hopes and dreams of many young men in America, and yet they are disillusioned – even with fame, money and success – they are still unsafe. Their simple gesture, to call attention to inequities and the total lack of justice, is radical only to those who’ve never put their reputation on the line for a cause. When you’ve done this (publicly protested or opposed or supported something), you understand that it compels you, you don’t summon it – you are overwhelmed by a need to DO SOMETHING. I’m glad he sat/took a knee, I am glad I listened to his press conference and I am glad I thought long and hard about what its like to be in his skin. I gave CK the benefit of the doubt, that he knows much better – by a lifetime of personal experience, and from friends or colleagues – what its like for a person of color in 2016 in America. I believe him.

    • Dear America,
      Now that the conversation has been opened by Colin Kap, I’d like to take the time to explain the whole point of taking a knee or raising a fist in protest. All throughout school, we were taught the preamble to the declaration of independence which states that all men are created equal. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that all men and women are not created equal! There is a growing disparity among the races that has effected this country: young men and women of color are treated differently than young men and women who are white. In all aspects of life this is experienced; education, careers, law enforcement, buying houses and cars, religion, and ect. Some players of the NFL and other sports are protesting because as an American citizen, I should not have to fear the entity who has taken an oath to protect and serve my neighborhood. An unarmed black man should not have to die at the hands of law enforcement; he deserves to have his day in court just like any other American here in this country. The conversation should not be about the method of the protest, but the situations surrounding the purpose of the protest, and a serious conversation needs to take place. This is not something that passing a law will fix; having body cameras will help a little, but the solution is only going to happen when we as a while stops devaluing human life.

      • I 100% agree with you.

        You cited the Declaration of Independence. When Thomas Jefferson wrote “all men are created equal” by that he meant white men only. He did not include women, Native Americans, black people whether free or slaves, or anyone else. He meant only white men.

    • First and foremost thank you so much for what you have done for our country and your service. With that in mind though I have to make a point as respectfully as I can. The fact that CK can do what he is doing is not saying your sacrifice does not matter…it’s the opposite. He is excercising the freedoms you have fought for! You and so many others have fought for the freedom of of Americans. One of the most amazing parts of that is the right to speak out against our government without fear. It is in no way disrespecting your sacrifice.

    • Samantha, you said “Sometimes it’s how you go about doing things that gets you the (positive) results,” and that him kneeling ” is like saying what we fought for and our soldiers, sailors, and Airmen who died fighting (and are still fighting) didn’t matter.” In other words, it’s basically disrespectful. I hope I am taking your meaning here correctly. Perhaps that would be a more fair observation if he were still sitting, as he did that first time. Just sitting there on the bench could be seen that way, which Kaepernick acknowledged, and that is why he and so many others are kneeling now instead. Few Americans mistake a player kneeling the exact same way in the end-zone as anything other than praying to God Himself and trying to give Him the glory for scoring in a football game and getting that scoring bonus paycheck (which I find disrespectful, but that’s just me). The act of “taking a knee” has always been seen as a sign of the utmost respect, reserved for God, or the kings and nobles we once believed were ordained by Him (and the coach, in the case of sports). I see kneeling for the anthem as a profoundly respectful protest and perhaps, on the part of some at least, as a prayer that we live up our founding ideals of equality and justice. Perhaps you do actually see Kaepernick’s actions as simply disrespectful, but perhaps there is more there than you realize yourself. A quick way to check: Would you feel the same if it were Tim Tebow kneeling, perhaps in protest to the “secularizing of America”?
      The next time I am at an event where the national anthem is played, I will be kneeling too. Not out of disrespect for my grandfather, ex-husband and many friends who are veterans, but out of profound respect for the ideals they served and to pray that we continue to move closer to making them our reality.

      • Ami
        I wouldn’t respect Tim anymore than CK for kneeling or sitting during the National Anthem. If he wants to pray-do it before or after…kneeling, sitting, or standing. Who Tim is vs CK doesn’t make a difference to me.

    • Kathy, why do you perceive his political protest as personal? That you and your family have served the country is admirable – do you really, in your heart of hearts, believe that Kaepernick or anyone exercising their right not to stand for the anthem is criticizing service members or veterans? You served your country – you didn’t have any say in what that country has done in the past, what its motivations are for sending you to war, what it stands for – you were just doing your duty, acting heroically. He is protesting something much bigger than you – you didn’t serve the flag, you essentially served the PEOPLE of this country, and your fellow service members – and a large number of those people are not being treated fairly and are pissed – the flag is a piece of fabric. Listen to what people are saying and put that above some meaningless symbol – it merely signifies a particular nation, a nation that just happens to have a very sordid and horrific history when it comes to certain groups of people, both in the past and the present. Worry about that, not a bunch of fabric or a song rooted in slavery.

      • mizzemm-

        Although you offend me by saying the flag I defended is simply a piece of fabric, I’ll say no more about that.
        I will say that I understand what you are saying otherwise, and I agree… people, who I served while in the military, are angry, have been treated unfairly and deserve to be heard. So tell me this…if they are idolized and so important (NFL players, in general) why didn’t CK become the face of BLM? Why didn’t he put together a protest at a football game and refuse to play? Why didn’t he call a press conference and let his words be heard? I’ve seen the clips with him and the green-beret saying that he isn’t trying to disrespect the military (I was only stating my opinion in my original post) . I also saw the article by Raven’s Ben Watson, who I posted on my own FB page because I like what he had to say. Look it up and read it, if you haven’t already. I’m not disagreeing with you…the reason behind the protest is bigger than me. It’s bigger than you…it’s bigger than CK. It needs to be fought together, though. Not us sitting on a post disagreeing over opinions.

        • I don’t mean to offend you, I know the flag means something more profound to you than it does to me in many ways. But I simply believe that people are more important than indoctrinated ideas meant to inspire patriotism – be patriotic if you like, but it is possible to be at once patriotic and recognize that our country, like all nations, are also deeply flawed and there are many valid reasons for protest.

          As for how CK chose to protest, I don’t know, but I think you downplay his admittedly small action far too much. Just look at the conversations he’s started. That’s how change happens, actually.

    • I can respectfully disagree with you. Part of protest is to make ppl uncomfortable to foster conversation. Good bad or ugly. The conversation is happening because he is doing something controversial. I thank you for your service. I thank you family. I thank everyone in my family who have and are still fighting for our country. But do you think about the fact that our armed forces are over there risking life to protect freedoms that they don’t grant to every citizen. Although it is the land of the free where everyone is supposed to be accepted and yet you have a ppl here that are looked at so poorly that they can be publicly executed for no reason. Then blamed for it for moving and being non compliant…Meanwhile someone murders 8 ppl not only gets taken alive but taken to burger King because he’s hungry. Terrorist who’s goal is to kill thousands and is firing live rounds can tactfully be taken in alive by police.

      Kinda like our armed forces are fighting for something that doesn’t truly exist the way it’s promoted to other countries. I think that’s more of a slap in the face than taking a knee(which was suggested by one of your brothers in arms and CK agreed to not disrespect you even though obviously none of his protest demands had been met) ? Get off the how and let’s get to the why.

    • Hi Samantha,
      You raise an interesting point in saying you support the movement, just not the means. I just wanted to get your thoughts on better ways CK or other BLM could protest? Black lives matter has literally done it all in the past 4 years and yet no change. This past month, i’ve seen more attention put on BLM (good and bad attention) due to the kneeling than I have in the past year. Marches didnt work, violence didn’t work, press conferences didn’t work, making the talk show circuit didn’t work. I say they didn’t work because 4 years later, there has not been any progress in conversation. I’m open to non-violent protest methods, but usualyl the people saying they dont’ agree with kneeling, don’t even have another alternative.

    • What better way…he has decided NOT to stand up for the hatred, bigotry, and racism that that flag represents…I see no other way to make a profound statement then to say “I won’t stand to honor a piece of cloth that allows and supports the continued inequality of minorities in a nation that professes to be the nation that offers rights and freedoms, that does not apply to all of its citizens.”

      There are black soldiers who go to fight and defend this country who come back and have to fight for the same rights and freedoms they were sent to defend. For once, I really wish people would think before they make absurd comments…a better way. What way do you suggest, get shot by a cop to prove the battle is real?

    • I disagree. No matter how he protests, it will not be accepted. What people really mean when they say things like this is shut the f&(5(, up n(7($8& and do what you are getting paid for or you will pay. You may not agree but that is evident by the many comments that have been made about this and other things.

    • kneeling when the flag is being played is not like saying anything. that’s your definition of what it means. for clarification, he used actual words to explain what it meant. and if you think kneeling says that lives don’t matter, what does a bullet to the back say? how dare you take offense at a victimless gesture when people are dying.

  6. So odd Mr Pavlovich NEVER seems to find the real problem.A whole lot of bad white people by sharing these rare cases. Has he mentioned how that under Obama blacks are worse off after 8 years….more unemployment,riots,murders, food stamps, less income.
    Mega liberal Travis Smiley….Even liberal black broadcaster Tavis Smiley has criticized Obama for this. As Smiley told HuffPost Live’s Alyona Minkovski, “Sadly — and it pains me to say this — over the last decade, black folk, in the era of Obama, have lost ground in every major economic category.”
    Never do we hear John address the problem of black crime…..no couldn’t do that. Don’t want to judge unless it’s cops.

    • May I please have some actual evidence for your allegations about employment rates etc in the Obama administration. Because last I heard, plenty of jobs have been created under the Obama administration.

      I would like to see this evidence from unbiased, non-partisan sources.

    • Can the issue of Mitch McConnell saying that they would block everything and make him a one term president have anything to do with this??? Just asking. No help at all. No compromise. Hummmm

  7. Why must attempts by people of color to seek justice be done in ways that don’t upset white folks? Folks didn’t like the violence in Ferguson or Baltimore. Now they don’t like Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protests. I’m here to say that change is rarely wrapped in political correctness. No great movement in the US has ever come without discomfort. Our very founding was borne of discomfort. As a nation we are, at this time, poised on the verge of change. The eyes of our children, of the world are watching, are listening to see when, to see if we’re are who we’ve said we are. Sadly, right now we are not and nothing is more important than continuing to shine a light on that disconnect, discomfort be damned. What makes our country great are the principles on which we were founded and documented in our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. What will allow us to retain our greatness is our resolve to live those principles and to have the protections of those promises apply to all – without exception.

  8. Thank you for this! So good. As American Christians we have started to read the Bible through the lense of America, versus reading America through the lense of the Bible. God’s heart is sad that we put patriotism above humanity and so am I. This fits well into a blog post I am writing on creating impact and not looking for other people’s validation. I will be referencing this article. Thank you. Check out my blog The Local Mission at http://www.thelocalmissionaz.com

  9. Just once, I’d like someone who is accusing me of sins to also offer me the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Racism, it seems, is the only sin Jesus won’t forgive.

    • I don’t understand your comment at all. Of course Jesus forgives the sin of racism when someone repents of it.

      The problem with that is according to the racists I’ve known and the racists I’ve read, such as David Duke: Evolution of a Klansman by Michael Zararain, frightening, at least to me, is that racists justify their racism and see no need to repent of it.

      Something I wrote the other day seems fitting here.

      I am a white person. I know I have white privilege. I know I use it every single day. The society and culture of the USA has drummed it into me.

      But here’s the thing: I know white privilege is evil. It is based on a lie and it perpetuates a lie. What I can do is repent of it every single day of my life. I strive to come ever more out of denial about my white privilege.

      If we claim to be Christians, we can do no other because God created every single person exactly as it please God to create them. My job is to love my neighbor. No exceptions.

      • “How astonishing it is, the fierceness with which we cling to the beliefs that have made us so miserable or beliefs that have made us miserable, and that prove to be so hopelessly inadequate when extreme suffering—or great joy—comes.

        “…A Christian who has lived with a steady but essentially shallow form of faith may find himself called to suffer the full human truth of God , which is the absence of God, may find himself finally confronted with the absolute emptiness of the cross.

        “God calls to us at every moment and God is life, this life
        Radical change remains a possibility within us right up to our last breath…”

        -Christian Wiman
        “My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer.”

      • What you said above is convoluted, Gloriamarie. First you said you must repent of your white privilege every single day of your life. Then you said God created every single person exactly as it pleased Him to create them. If He created you white out of His pleasure to do so, then why would there be the need to repent of your whiteness?

    • What else is racism, but a failure to love one’s neighbor as one’s self?

      Something that makes racism a pernicious evil that needs to be outed is that it puts people’s lives at risk.

      Our black USian citizens are being killed by the police, racists, and white supremacists. Should we really allow racists to get away with their hate crimes?

  10. When Colin K. changed his protest position from sitting on the bench, to kneeling on one knee during the Anthem, I took it to be a reverent , prayerful, position. Even more reverent of our Country, than those standing near him.

    It would be awesome if everyone in the football stadium got on one knee in humility, –and prayed to God in Thanksgiving. That act of humbling ourselves, would go a long way to help lessen police racial bias & misconduct.

    • Thank you, Paul. I too took it as a reverent, prayerful position.

      I don’t know if the comment with the links has been approved yet or not, but I posted a link to two articles.

      One is that an entire Seattle high school team knelt during the Anthem.

      The other was an article from the Washington Post saying that the Eagles football team were considering a protest during the Anthem in yesterday’s game. I don’t know if they did or not because I hate football, liturgy of legalized violence that it is.

      If John P has not approved that post, I am certain you could google it with the info I’ve offered.

    • If your “bravo” refers to my post about the football players protesting, the correct form of the Latin is “bravi,” which is the plural of “bravo.” If you were referring to me, then the correct form is “brava” because I am a woman.

      I am officiously, yet at the same time, adorably pedantic.

  11. There are several problems with the device of shifting the focus from police brutality to Black-on-Black violence.

    First, bringing up Black-on-Black violence in the context of police shootings of Black men is to create a red-herring or, rather, a Thought stopping manipulation via catchphrase (black on black violence)
    that uses a brainwashing technique that thought reform cults & totalitarians deploy.

     essentially changing the subject, creating a smoke screen, a diversion, a deflection where police brutality and killings are discussed is bearing false witness, dishonest, despicable, reprehensible & evidence of moral decay!

    For reasons & wisdom all their own, typical of black and white thinkers, fundamentalists, people in denial & all addicts who must protect supply their script usually goes like this:

    1. Topic A is under discussion (police brutality)

    2. Topic B (Black-on-Black violence) is slyly introduced as if it is relevant to Topic A (police brutality)

    3. Topic A (police brutality) is abandoned and they try to hi-jack the conversation by changing to Topic B (Black-on-Black violence).

    There is a meta message they are pimping: it is as if it is a result of some pathology exclusively and particularly endemic to African Americans.
    to blame Black victims for their own mistreatment (while at the same time offering up endless platitudes to law enforcement) is very obvious and egregious gaslighting.
    To them Black people just can’t be innocent enough. Any detail from the past is fair game if it can sufficiently be used for smearing the character of Black victims and making them responsible for their own mistreatment and/or death.
    Lies are pretended to be truths, proof of false claims of police profiling and brutality are trivialized, victim talking points are invalidated, hijacked and diverted, and victims are blamed & shamed for overreacting all in an effort to trick them into believing it is they who bear the responsibility for their own abuse.– all techniques of gaslighting.

    The core issue here is that far too many people are being being gunned down by police officers with impunity.  When Black people kill Black people, they go to jail.  This rarely happens with police officers. IMHO It will take a sustained movement to end violent, racist, and militarized police practices across the country.

    • Very well stated. I am so sick and tired of the red herrings. There is a real problem that needs to be resolved. One is either part of the solution or one remains part of the problem.

    • John,

      Thank you for your thoughtful description of what happens when people trying to deflect using the black on black crime trope. Folks ought not get it twisted and should recognize that most crime is committed in the communities in which the criminal lives. FACTS. If Black on black crime is a thing, then so is white on white crime, etc.

    • Well, when I was growing up in my home town, a young white man who wanted to be a policeman—and eventually did become a fireman and a policeman—and then went to D.C. and became a highly esteemed member of the U.S. Capitol Guard Service TOLD ME in his own words that he wanted to be a cop because it would give him a chance to directly do something about the uppity n-words who were asking for civil rights they did not deserve. With a little authority under his belt, he could give n-words the billy club beating they all deserved just for being n-words. They called it “nager knockin” (phonetic long a) down south where I grew up and still live.

      Why do you think ?

    • This is the kind of stance that makes progress impossible. Police shootings don’t happen in a vacuum. Police don’t wake up in the morning and go out looking for black men to shoot. We live in a country where black males, who comprise 6% of the population, commit half of the homicides. Every cop in the country, white and black, knows the stats and it impacts how they interact with the people they come in contact with. When you encounter someone from a demographic that commits murder at a rate eight times higher than what would be expected based on their percentage of the population as a whole, you’re going to be a bit more on edge then you otherwise might be. Claiming that crime statistics are irrelevant to police shootings couldn’t be further from the truth. It impacts everything.

      If you really want to address the issue of police killing unarmed black men, you have to take an unbiased look at all the underlying causes. There are certainly people attracted to the power that comes from a badge and gun, who will tend to abuse that power, but they are a tiny minority of the men and women who choose to become police officers. That black men commit murder at a significantly higher rate than any other race in the US, though, is undeniably another one of those causes. It’s not victim blaming, it’s unemotionally acknowledging reality. You can’t begin to solve anything if you won’t do that first.

      • Well said! Might I also add that all who protest against Law Enforcement and ” police brutality” need to, at least once, go to their local station and request to “ride along” with an officer on a shift. This would help SO many better understand the job of Law Enforcement. Maybe C.K. et al would have a different perspective if they put on a police uniform and went out on the streets. Sadly, after every incident of a police related shooting ( especially those on video) , Law Enforcement are not allowed to remain innocent until proven guilty ( the media and public jump immediately on the ” guilty ” verdict , based on what they ” see”, without knowing all of the facts and circumstance).

  12. I will never sit or kneel while our flag is being honored. It has nothing to do black, white , justice or injustice. We don’t put a flag on the coffin of a fallen soldier for nothing, the widow of a fallen soldiers is not given that flag for nothing. It is a symbol of all that have sacrificed so much to live in freedom. You can say that you respect the men and women who protect this country and fight beneath that flag all you want, but when you kneel or sit those word become smoke that drift away with the wind and automatically is perceived as horrendous disrespect

    • That flag is not just a military flag, it’s supposed to represent all Americans. That why in the Pledge it’s says “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”. But we know that’s not true. The liberty and justice doesn’t apply to all as evidenced by what happened to Terence on Friday. Colin Kaepernick and other who have joined the protests including myself are exercising our rights of freedom of speech that those soldiers fought for, as many veterans have acknowledged in their support of this important movement and of Colin. If you have white privilege however you probably won’tbe affected by anything I just typed. Which is the reason why this is going to change America forever. I don’t think anyone will ever hear that racist National Anthem again with the same ears.

  13. Keep writing, John. Our hearts of stone take time to erode with the realities of life, and until they do we will remain stuck in the ways we learned to live. Only water will crack to the center. Only the wind of the Holy Spirit will smooth out those sharp and protective edges. Only God can change us to live with hearts of flesh, and hearts of hope.

    And perhaps by allowing kneeling, we might see the desire of prayer.

  14. I don’t know of this “white” America place that you speak of, I live in the desert Southwest portion of the United States of America and the only thing naturally white thing around here is the rare but beautiful cloud in the sky.

  15. All of this and more are daily reminders of that which we feel helpless to do anything about.

    The more people are able to be instant media, preacher, politician and judge without consideration for those who struggle and are held back through no fault of their own, the greater will be this type of knee-jerk reaction.

    When will the people care about their neighbor?
    When will this ‘so called Christian nation’ realize how bastardized religion has become?
    When will people care about the dignity and respect of their fellow citizen?

    Thanks John, keep pushing the buttons of humanity!

  16. Tracking the Kaepernick Effect: The anthem protests are spreading
    A movement has begun.

    On Monday night, hours after video of another unarmed black man being shot and killed by police was released, four players on the Philadelphia Eagles raised their fists in front of a national television audience during the national anthem.

    The action was clearly a continuation of the movement Colin Kaepernick started three weeks ago when he remained seated during the national anthem as a way to protest police brutality and racial injustice in America.

    In fact, since Kaepernick first stood up for the cause by refusing to stand, 21 NFL players have joined his protest, as have athletes in high schools, youth leagues, and colleges all across the country.

    The peaceful protests have not come without a cost; kids as young as 11 have received death threats, and professional players have lost endorsements. Still, nearly every day, more athletes of all ages take a knee during the national anthem at sporting events, and there’s no indication they’ll stop anytime soon. In fact, some NBA players have already told reporters they plan to join in once their season begins.

    ThinkProgress has been monitoring the spread of the movement closely. Below, you will find a timeline of the protests breaking out across the nation.

    https://thinkprogress.org/national-anthem-sports-protest-tracker-kaepernick-284ff1d1ab3e?elqTrackId=cad2de5e80ea4e5cb78a38e98b1e4cca&elq=3d989d0386004fd086661e9dcf374b09&elqaid=31597&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=6406#.cskryub1b

    • How novel would it be to just let football be about ……………. um ……………. football. No more singing of our national anthem, no more allowing Bob Costas to talk about gun control, no more pushing of agendas of any sort on the football enthusiasts, no more barely clad cheerleaders dancing provocatively.

  17. Clinton’s message “directly to white people” following Terence Crutcher shooting: “How many times do we have to see this in our country?”
    “In Tulsa, an unarmed man with his hands in the air. This is just unbearable. And it needs to be intolerable”

    “This horrible shooting again, how many times do we have to see this in our country?” Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said of the Crutcher shooting on Tuesday. During an appearance on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” Clinton addressed her concerns with the police shootings of unarmed black people “directly to white people.”

    “Maybe I can by speaking directly to white people say, ‘Look this is not who we are,’” she said. “We’ve got to do everything possible to improve policing, to go right at implicit bias.”

    “We gotta tackle the systemic racism,” she continued.“In Tulsa? An unarmed man? With his hands in the air? I mean, this is just unbearable and it needs to be intolerable.”

    “We have got to rein in what is absolutely inexplicable, and we’ve got to have law enforcement respect communities and communities respect law enforcement because they have to work together,” she explained to Harvey. “We’ve gotta change laws to protect people, to protect everything about them, and we’ve got to be a clear and loud voice for our society being what it should be: the city on the hill striving for the more perfect union,” she continued.

    Clinton concluded that while there are “good, honorable, cool-headed police officers,” citing the ones that successfully apprehended the New York City terrorist suspect in New Jersey on Monday, she said, “we can do better.”

    Clinton’s comments to white people following Crutcher’s death echo sentiment she offered at this year’s annual NAACP convention:

    We white Americans need to do a better job of listening when African-Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face everyday. We need to recognize our privilege and and practice humility, rather than assume our experiences are everyone’s experiences

    http://www.salon.com/2016/09/20/hillary-clintons-message-directly-to-white-people-following-terrance-crutcher-shooting-how-many-times-do-we-have-to-see-this-in-our-country/?source=newsletter

  18. How about if we address this atmosphere of paranoia felt by cops, this lack of training, the whole US vs THEM, and THEY are out to get me mentality. Law enforcement people who are supposed to #1 Serve and Protect the community don’t do a very good job if they think their lives are in constant danger from the people they are supposed to serve and protect. Cops don’t just shoot unarmed “black” people, they shoot unarmed people. Why is it we never hear about the “black lives matter” people showing up at City Council meetings, County Commissioner meetings, or police press conferences. Is the MSM keeping positive change that resulted from cooperation and insightful training from us? If Terence Crutcher had been a white guy and still shot would anybody know about it or even care?

    • That’s a red herring kind of question. The men and women murdered by cops have been unarmed, peaceful, cooperating. Well, except for that one guy who wanted suicide by cop.

      If you can’t see that cops murdering our citizens is wrong, then I feel very sorry for you.

      And, btw, paranoia is a treatable mental illness. Anyone who has paranoia needs urgent care from mental health professionals.

      • “The men and women murdered by cops have been unarmed, peaceful, cooperating. ” No not really, some were, but some like Michael Brown from Ferguson were in physical altercations with the police and were NOT murdered.

    • In my opinion, it’s because way, way too many of them are racists Notice who the Fraternal Order of Police, their union, endorsed for the Presidency. The racist candidate.

      • I believe this is true to an extent, but an oversimplification. We all have racial biases – all white people. It is part of the fabric of our world and our country. So even people you might not consider racist may react based on racial biases without realizing it – we are ALL taught that black men are scary and dangerous. So you give a kid a gun with mediocre weapons training and put him in a high stress situation and this is what you get – doesn’t really matter if he’s overtly racist or not. What we need is consequences so that when in doubt, shoot, is no longer the unspoken and sanctioned rule, but the exception for deadly situations, and better training and really a major overhaul of the police departments. And that is exactly what they don’t want and why they are all voting for that Orange Idiot.

        • I think white police officers greatly fear large black men—by large black men I mean the black guys who are 6′ 8″ tall and weigh about 330 lbs—and especially if that weight is mostly muscle. In the recent Tulsa shooting, the approaching officers commented on the physical size of the unarmed man they shot dead when they were still 100-200 ft away from the guy on cop camera. You cannot just shoot an unarmed person because they look like an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. God, genes, and exercise should not add up to an instant death sentence meted out by a white cop.

          • As last night’s latest murder shows, these biases affect black officers as well – we really are ALL taught to fear black men, particularly within police culture. So just because sometimes black cops shoot innocent black men, that doesn’t mean this isn’t about racism–it means that racist ideology is inextricable from being American. Police need training that specifically acknowledges this.

    • Well, when I was growing up in my home town, a young white man who wanted to be a policeman—and eventually did become a fireman and a policeman—and then went to D.C. and became a highly esteemed member of the U.S. Capitol Guard Service TOLD ME in his own words that he wanted to be a cop because it would give him a chance to directly do something about the uppity n-words who were asking for civil rights they did not deserve. With a little authority under his belt, he could give n-words the billy club beating they all deserved just for being n-words. They called it “nager knockin” (phonetic long a) down south where I grew up and still live.

      Why do you think ?

  19. I’m ok with non-violent protest such as taking a knee during the National Anthem. As a sports photographer, I’ll stand by you on the field and not judge you. There are issues that need to be addressed and resolved in this country, and the discourse generated by these actions is healthy.

    But I will not stand by anyone who uses the term “white people.” If you refer to yourself as “black” or another color, I respect that. Michelle Obama does it when she refers to herself and her family, and I love the Obamas. If you wish to be considered African-American or another term, fine, that’s good.

    I live in Lowell, MA, a city with a population of over 100k people. There are over 30,000 people of SE Asian descent, 17,000 Latinos, mostly from the Caribbean, 8000 people from various parts of Africa like Cameroon, Liberia, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, etc. They’re my friends, they’re proud of their roots, and I’m proud of them. I love them.

    Technically, I’m a Western-European American. My family came here at the turn of the twentieth century to find work and a better life for their families. If you want to say that about me, that’s fine. I’m educated, and knowledgeable about English literature, history, and human nature. I also know we all came from the same geographical part of the world, we’re all traced back to the same lineage. Some of us are spiced with a little Neanderthal or Dravidian blood. Imagine that for a moment. I don’t know anyone specifically blessed, or perhaps I do and just don’t know it.

    All I ask is that you don’t call me “white people,” because I consider the label an intentional insult. And if that is your intent, then that’s your mistake. Taking a knee is an appropriate statement. It has people talking about an issue that needs to be sorted out and resolved. It’s not just about the police and African Americans, it’s about history and human nature. We’re all on the same team.

    • You’re joking right? You’re going to cry at ther term white people when it was white people who deliberately created that construct to begin with as a means of distinguishing themselves from the hated blacks? You’re white. We’re white people. Get over it. (Hint: I think you’ll live – WHITE PEOPLE generally do).

    • Unfortunately, it’s hard for society to identify African-Americans as simply “Americans”. It’s true. White and Black are colors in a crayon box…not a race of people. However, it serves no different purpose than African-American, Jewish-American, or European-American even though it is more politically correct.

  20. Here’s the problem Pavolitz! Mr Kaepernik protesting oppression then wearing a FIDEL CASTRO T-Shirt to his press conference is HYPOCRITICAL! In case you don’t know who Fidel Castro is and apparently Kaepernick does not, he is one of the most oppressors of people in the history of the planet. So how do you expect anyone to sympathize with an idiot that doesn’t even know what oppression is? Are there cops that are quick to shoot? YES! Are SOME of these shootings of non criminals. YES! Are alot of these shootings on criminals with a rap sheet longer than their arms? YES! When you want to protest something. Protest the individuals that are deservedly so. Don’t group in a bunch of THUGS with rap sheets a mile long and expect common sense people to empathize. Michael Brown and the CONVICTED PEDOPHILE in front of the market were CRIMINAL THUGS! If you keep committing crimes something is bound to happen to you eventually! Then we have the other issue. What part of STOP and LAY DOWN don’t you understand? 90% of these shootings justified or unjustified happen because the individual CANT follow instructions from a law enforcement official. Rather wrong or right YOU FOLLOW the officers commands and deal with any other issues later! What is this arrogant defiance of either running away, wrestling with the police officer, or reaching into a vehicle for who knows what? You know whats been happening! You’ve seen some cops get nervous and are trigger happy! So why disobey??? WHY? Why Run? Why fight? Why reach for things? Just DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD and sue their asses later if need be! And DONT be blaming white America for a SMALL minority of cops that have erred. Thats BS! And to not stand on 9/11 is DISGUSTING! I don’t give a crap what cause it was for! And tell the BLM to go protest in the inner citiesw because black on black crime is WAY more prevelant than the police shootings. WAY MORE! U cant have it both ways if you want to take this cause seriously! If I were to wrestle with a cop Im going to get shot to ESPECIALLY if I’m a convicted Pedophile felon carrying an illegal firearm in my pocket! How dare you blame white america! Idiot!

  21. The comments never disappoint. We’re sorry to keep bothering your lives with “our” problems. I wonder what you propose “we” do about it? The most accurate analogy that I’ve seen involves a group of people at a restaurant. Imagine 4 people at the table…3 white, and 1 black. Imagine everyone has received their food excepted the black person. What I’m hearing from some of you is that basically want the black guy to shut up complaining to the waitress about his food so that you can continue to enjoy yours. I know you understand this point so back to the question, what do you propose “we” do about it?

    • I propose several things:

      1) Never give the cop the benefit of the doubt in a white cop on black suspect shooting. Let policemen know that they will be held to the same high standard they would be held to if they as a white civilian were turned in for shooting an unarmed white business man who drives a brand new Mercedes Benz.

      2) Make the death penalty a mandatory sentence for any white cop who kills an unarmed African-American citizen. Unarmed means no gun, knife, or other lethal object in their hand or within quick reach.

      3) African-Americans are the descendants of a population that was brought to this country against their will. For the past 400 years, they have been oppressed and treated horribly by white American society. Living in a ghetto is like living in a prison with no guards to keep order and ajudicate fairness. I am a white person who grew up in one, so I know. The people there have unique problems that lily white American has never even come close to having. You can just go into an environment like that, read out a law they have broken, and then just shoot the person if they resist in some way. Every cop working in a black community needs to have an M.A. in social work and the latitude to enforce law in a different way than it would be enforced in a white neighborhood. Special conditions require special means and special approaches.

      4) No. I do not give a damn about what you think of Items 1-3, especially if you live in a white suburb, you drive a nice car, and make more than $60,000 per year.

  22. So think about this if every body wants to kneel at the national anthem then let them and join them. Not in protest but in prayer of a falling country. Not out of disrespect but out of hope. Maybe instead of standing up and showing respect you should kneel and pray when they play the national anthem. Pray to what every God you choose to follow. Pray for the people who have fought and who have lost their lives for this country, for this freedom. Pray for all the Black People, Red People, Yellow People, White and Brown People. Pray for yourself, Pray for your neighbor. Pray for this country to have our difference but not be so divided anymore. Just a thought.

  23. I TAKE ACCEPTION with your rational that black players taking the knee is good and compassionate. These ball players are paid well for what they do and showing respect for our country and the men and women who have fought to give and protect their freedom is a very small price to pay for their ‘right’ to play a game and make millions. There are a lot of black athletes that also think disrespecting the flag and National Anthem is wrong. Respecting our past and our country is not a foolish, outdated, trivial ceremony. The 49er quarterback who thinks protesting ‘police brutality’ by disrespecting our Nation during a game is sending all the wrong signals. Whether he likes it or not, his position on the team makes him a role model for so many; not just black but also white and brown youth. If he really wanted to make a difference, then he should do something positive about the problems. How much does he do or give of his wealth to change things? Russell Wilson of the Seahawks is an example of a positive role model.
    Wilson is an active volunteer in the Seattle community. During the NFL season, Wilson makes weekly visits on his days off to the Seattle Children’s Hospital, and has also visited with soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord In the offseason, Wilson hosts the Russell Wilson Passing Academy, a youth football camp, in several cities. In 2012, proceeds from the camp went to the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association, for which Wilson is the National Ambassador.In 2013 and 2014, Wilson partnered with Russell Investments for its “Invested with Russell” program, which donated $3,000 to Wilson’s charitable foundation for every touchdown he scored. Wilson co-hosts an annual charity golf event along with NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Washington to support various organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Seattle Children’s Hospital. In August 2016, Wilson’s Why Not You Foundation presented a check for $1,060,005 to Seattle Children’s Hospital for its Strong Against Cancer initiative.
    Who is showing more grace, love and changing things for the good?
    As for the problem of police killing blacks; it is good to keep in mind each person who is killed and the pain their family has endured but it is also good to look at the problem as a whole and work on solutions based on what and why these things happen. Blacks make up 13 % of the populations and ½ of the homicides in this nation. 4,472 blacks were killed last year BY BLACKS and 112 blacks were killed by policemen, some of them justified. If all people were taught respect and the dignity of life, those figures might improve. But now more blacks kill blacks than police and yet the black football player protested the police actions and does nothing to help change the attitude in his own community. If he showed respect to law and authority, which is a Biblical principle, he might influence black youth to respect authority. And IF HE used his influence to make real change, he will help the tensions of this country and not make them worse.

    • So, when you put “police brutality” in quotation marks, I guess you mean that any n-word who takes a bullet from a cop gets what he deserves because that is what all n-words really deserve? Would you like to clarify that and state how that fits in with the Jesus command to love your neighbor as yourself—-the command the cop is also being held to on the other side—especially when the African-American that was pulled over is not armed?

    • it’s “take exception”, just for the record…

      many people in public life (actors, writers, entertainers, etc.) consider it a duty of their station to take a stand on social issues. you or I might not like some of these people or what they have to say, but they have every right to say it, and in my opinion also deserve respect for taking responsibility for doing so, when keeping mum and cashing the checks would obviously be a far easier option… nobody wishes to insult the country, but when the state fails to protect its citizenry and uphold the values it claims to stand for as expressed in the constitution, responsible citizens have a duty to draw attention to those matters… it is the weak and cowardly who persist in pretending these problems don’t exist, can’t be solved and/or shouldn’t be discussed

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  25. The real threat to the nation is those murdering its citizens with impunity on the public payroll. The fact that they are almost never prosecuted, celebrated as heroes by large swaths of the populace and often end up making big money off their notoriety just makes it that much more galling.

    Debate is the lifeblood of democracy, but in this case I honestly don’t believe any thinking person could dispute what you have written above.

    Those inclined to abuse and deny, please consider taking a step back before you comment, re-read what John has written and ask yourself why it has to be this way.

  26. Mr. Pavlovitz,

    Thank you…thank you…thank you! Your essay on this matter beautifully and astutely articulated the thoughts that have been whirling about in my own mind these past weeks. Between these events and the battle still being fought in North Dakota (Standing Rock), I really felt like I was about to lose my mind and/or my soul over the depravity of what seems to be so many in this country now. Still part of me believes this is not the case, that there are those out there – like you and me – who see these acts for the hypocrisy and injustice they spread. I will be sharing this article on my social media page, even if cost me all my “friends”, I don’t care. I think tonight, I may finally sleep well. God bless you, sir.

  27. Unfortunately, the work of change is never achieved by telling people what they “need” to do, especially those who so shockingly don’t (or can’t) see the problem. I am not sure where real change is going to come from, but these lectures addressed to “White America” or to “Dear White People” seem only to further the divide. I get that the audience here is really those of us already in agreement, but I hope we can develop smarter, more accessible strategies that emerge from a deeper commitment to actual impact. Let’s keep trying, and may God help us all.

  28. John, thank you for this article. I am a black male and have grown tired of not only seeing things like these unarmed police shootings happening, but also the automatic justification by others that happens. Far too often I’ve seen people say “well he shouldn’t have done that…, he should’ve done this…” and it’s not that simple. I find myself more and more living cautiously while trying to do things like walking places or my job of real estate photography because I worry about being on the wrong end of an encounter with a paranoid neighbor or police officer.

    I’ve also grown tired of people who say that not standing for the flag is disrespectful to the troops or he should find another way to protest, but have probably never done anything to offer any solution to what C.K.’s issues are nor the fact that the troops are another group of people who face a number of issues that go largely ignored.

    I can talk about this all day but I’ll just close it by saying thank you for spreading awareness to this.

  29. All i want to say is I watched the video and why did he not stop immediately when they were there. Instead he keeps walking towards his vehicle. Sometimes cops are cocky BUT you have to do what they say and explain later. I am just tired of the name Black Lives Matter. I believe everyone in America is not happy with anyone getting killed. This reminds me of the KKK. I don’t like that either. I dont care what color people are. I have seen where blacks are killing blacks more than any other race. Black lives matters only care about blacks. What about if a white person is shot by cops. Thats just not reported. If it was White lives matter then then the reporters would show that. Why can’t we all just get along and say all races matter.

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  31. No.
    It’s time for Liberal America to stop taking on faddish attitudes that have no basis in fact.
    It’s time to stop the ridiculousness of applying the word”racism” to everything that one disagrees with.
    It is time to stop allowing the Neo-Confederacy to take ownership of symbols and American ideals whose values they violate because the left hands them over.
    The National Anthem is not “racist” or encouraging of slavery.
    The American Flag is not a “racist” symbol.
    America is a good and great country that has spent 240 years battling basic human failings, such as authoritarianism and unprincipled power, because humanity is naturally vile if left to their own devices.
    We as a nation of laws and ideals have been battling – and winning – the fights against human nature in a way no other nation or culture or tribe has ever fought, and it is time for those who consider themselves progressive to embrace the ideals represented in the Flag, Anthem and other symbols of America.

  32. No!
    Absolutely not!
    Wrong on every progressive level and front!
    It’s time for Liberal America to stop taking on faddish attitudes that have no basis in fact.
    It’s time to stop the ridiculousness of applying the word”racism” to everything that one disagrees with.
    It is time to stop allowing the Neo-Confederacy to take ownership of symbols and American ideals whose values they violate because the left hands them over.
    The National Anthem is not “racist” or encouraging of slavery.
    The American Flag is not a “racist” symbol.
    America is a good and great country that has spent 240 years battling basic human failings, such as authoritarianism and unprincipled power, because humanity is naturally vile if left to their own devices.
    We as a nation of laws and ideals have been battling – and winning – the fights against human nature in a way no other nation or culture or tribe has ever fought, and it is time for those who consider themselves progressive to embrace the ideals represented in the Flag, Anthem and other symbols of America.

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  34. What’s worse? Showing the world you are willing to take a knee to protest your country’s law enforcement killing its own citizens while they are unarmed; an act in direct conflict to what the anthem claims. to represent for all its citizens? Or is it worse to show the world that you don’t care? Which justifies taking a knee to expose that conflict in an effort to make America better and to live up to its creed. Calling taking a knee disrespectful when the man said he means no disrespect but is only trying to bring awareness to an issue is escapism and cognitive dissonance at the very least.

    The folks who tend to mention America spending the last 200 plus years setting the world straight morally has excluded all the acts of violence against endogenous people’s, dropping atomic bombs and chemical weapons, manipulating the governments of other nations and the list goes on in an effort to sheild themselves from facing the truth. That America is not a perfect society and it needs to face its ugly side to at least put for the effort to become a more perfect union.

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

  35. What’s wrong with not standing for the National Anthem?

    The First Amendment of the United States Constitution provides for our right to free speech. That amendment helped lead to the equal rights amendment and ultimately opportunities for many including the first African American President, Hispanic Supreme Court judge, female race car driver, and multiple Black NFL quarterbacks including Colin Kapernick.

    The National Anthem played before sporting events is intended to honor those who have served and sacrificed, including many tens of thousands who gave their lives, in the defense of the freedoms we enjoy. So while any American has the right not to stand for the Star Spangled Banner it’s not right to sit or kneel. No one has to sing the words or hold their hand on their heart but you should at least stand. Because while you may not intend to, by not standing you’re dishonoring the very people whose sacrifices led to your opportunities. For Kapernick that included a football scholarship to Nevada, the opportunity to play pro football for a living and, unfortunately, to kneel when we honor them.

    The other problem with these “acts” is that aside from dishonoring fallen servicemen and women he’s not really doing anything except grandstanding for TV. Do those in support of Kapernick really expect us to believe he’s “taking a stand” by kneeling? That’s the sacrifice? How about if he wears special shoes or puts a sticker on his helmet? Is that sacrifice? Is he the Muhammad Ali of our time refusing to serve in the Vietnam War and thereby facing jail time and potentially sacrificing his boxing career to do so? I don’t think so.

    The issue of police brutality is as serious as Black-on-Black violence. Police are asked to do too much and Black communities are unjustly preyed upon. They’re serious issues that deserve to be discussed beyond the football game Kapernick is not playing in. These issues need community leaders and role models to bring them to the forefront. Kapernick is a backup quarterback with documented attitude issues who lost a Super Bowl, lost his coach, and then lost his starting job. To me it appears Kapernick is more interested in raising awareness about himself than any cause. If he really wants to build awareness he can use his connections and his own money to start a fund, build a coalition, and do something when the camera lights are off.

    He is bringing the spotlight to something besides himself; a nation divided. But we already know that. Wearing special shoes or not standing for the anthem isn’t really helping. It’s not really doing anything. Imagine the families of “those who gave some and the some who gave all.” He’s stealing the spotlight from a moment that honors their service for his right to kneel. How selfish and arrogant. Stealing the spotlight because it’s no longer on him.

    Here’s a wakeup call: kneeling is easy. Anybody can do it. It’s easier than standing even. If police violence is so important to Kapernick, and it appears it is cause he’s done lots of kneeling, then I suggest he stand for his cause, stand for his team, and, if you don’t mind, stand for those who fought to defend his right to kneel.
    That’s what’s wrong with not standing for the National Anthem. It’s not about you. It’s about them.

    – TM 09-17-16

  36. Why is this aimed at white people? How many times is a black man or black cop gonna kill a black man before we realize its not our fault? Maybe not in this case that is mentioned but its already happened multiple times where a black cop shoots and kills a black gangbanger who is poining a loaded gun at him, and the enture black community in that city riots for days screaming “kill white folk”. Were probably more opressed in 2016 than blacks. White committs crime against a black its automatically a hate crime. Black on white, wait oh thats right, we dont ever hear about those because the media tries to hide them. 9 over qualified whites apply for a job, 1 underqualified black applies for it, the black man is hired due to race. Maybe these arent always true but they happen more often than a black thug being killed by cop.

  37. It’s funny to hear some of you state that he is disrespectful to the flag and anthem, but do not recognize the issue at hand. I have served in the military for 26 years and from my oath we defended freedom and rights, not a song and flag. For those of you who like to divert the issue to black on black crime let me hit you with some statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Report 2014 (2015 will not be available until October 2016 and 2016 will not be available until October 2017) 69.9%of individuals arrested were white, 27.8% were black. Whites were arrested more often for violent crimes than individuals of any race and account for 59.9% of those arrests. Juveniles arrested for drug abuse violations, 74.4% were white. Of adults arrested for murder 50.9% were black and 46.7% were white. So riddle me this Batman, why is the prison population (192,513) as of 26 August 2016 37% blacks and 58% whites? So that makes your theory of blacks crimes are high is wrong. Know your stats before you start speaking myths. And please stop blaming others for things that hurt your feelings. Unapologetically Black and proud of it.

  38. Wow. You wrote a powerful piece, and which rings so true. And nearly all your comments are whitesplaining and pseudo-patriotic bullshit. So sorry for you, white empathic progressives and black and brown American people. This is one hell of a shitty world for us to live in.

  39. I no more chose my race and station in life as any other person has who has ever been born on this planet. While it is true some people have it better than others (even those of the same race and class), I will not take a knee simply to assuage some sense of guilt that does not belong to me. To assign to me this task is as racist and bigoted as those who practice racism and bigotry at the expense of others. But what I will do and what I am doing is extending a hand so that someone else has a roof over their head and is able to feel the love and care I have for them from one human being to another.

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  41. Um…people of all races..not just white people have been enraged. I honestly respect the freedom this country provides. Don’t lump me in with your guilt. The media has made everything race lately and you are blind if you don’t see it, well, wait…you are contributing to it.

  42. So much for trying to do away with racism. As long as there is a #blacklivesmatter (or whatever it is) campaign/protest around, there will always be racism. Don’t ALL lives matter?!?!? Shouldn’t it be #alllivesmatter?!? Do the research – more native americans are shot by police than any other race when you take into account the percentage they make up of the US population but yet when was the last time you heard about a native american being shot and killed by a police officer?!?!? Next place are white people, then it is black and hispanic. But why do we never hear about any of these shootings?!? Only the black shootings?!?! Gotta thank the MEDIA for that. Open your eyes people – the media and government want to divide this country and we are allowing it!

  43. “Black on Black” crime works the same as “white on white” crime. Most people are killed by people they know… thus most whites are killed by whites, most blacks by blacks, most Asians by Asians…. the incidence of strangers killing strangers is relatively low. Spouses/lovers killing spouses/lovers, very high. Parents killing children and vice versa… far more often than strangers killing anyone. It happens, but not nearly as often as our culture would like you to believe.

    And the highest incidences of crime are those who are involved in criminal activity (drug dealing etc.).. and that largely affects populations in the “less affluent” areas. Drug addiction is kind of an equal opportunity thing, but criminal activity tends to happen more among people with fewer legal alternatives. So if we want to affect crime rates, we are probably best off addressing education inequality, job inequality (how available jobs are, how much they pay, discrimination on hiring, etc.).

    How the police behave is another issue entirely, and something that everyone ought to be paying attention to… because while we have cell phone video of only a “few” of the incidents that turn ugly between the police and citizens, enough of them show that there are questions about police behaviour that we should all be concerned.

    • The bottom line to this particular subject of taking a knee at sporting event is there is a time and place for every argument. The national anthem is NOT!!! One of them. Hold a press conference. Have a sit down. But to disrespect the men and women who have died for that anthem is not cool. Just because they have the right to do it doesn’t mean they should. I’m sure you all can agree. smh in frustration

      • yes on who’s time on who’s dime do THEY choose while on the job to disrespect the rights of others to prove the rights of their own. I’ve had enough! peace

  44. I’m getting sick of the whole mess! KARMA taking responsibility, accountability, YES it’s a mess ENOUGH! YES there’s work to be done….Can WE just have a good time relax enjoy our few hours of leisure at a game or concert without someone wiping crap all over our faces because THEY are taking issue? I don’t condone what is happening with blacks or Jews although I don’t ever see THEM fight for the rights of our Native Americans or anyone else for that matter. It’s me me me look what you have done….YES everyone has the right to protest although ON WHO”S DIME? on who’s time? WE pay to see the game or go to a concert THEY get paid millions to do their jobs… Stricter regulations must be enforced on signed contracts so that WE the people don’t have to go through every protest for every harm done to people. Let THEM protest on their own time! THEY are getting paid to do a job! peace

  45. There had to be a better way to deal with it. I have to wonder if he was shot (apparently his window was up so he couldn’t have been reaching in anyway)… but I have to wonder if when he was tazed (shouldn’t the other officers have known that was going to be deployed?) maybe he jerked around and that was taken as a move? Because it is just unbelievable to me that a guy with a stalled car winds up dead.

  46. I read the article with an open heart and agreed with many points until I came to the word “cheap” in reference to the “national pageantry” of the flag. The flag is not cheap. It has been paid for over and over with the sacrifice of our veterans. My father paid in NAM. He returned home with a significant hearing loss. Not cheap. My brother and I spent a year without a father. Not cheap. We grew up away from relatives. Not cheap. All military families bear a burden when their loved ones are deployed. Not cheap. But what small sacrifices my family gave for our country pale against those sons and daughters who return in flag draped coffins. Yes I recognize his constitutional right to protest. And I agree the discussion he highlights is long overdue. But please don’t ask me to sit. And if you do sit in my presence, realize that it pains me that you weigh this discussion, or any discussion, equal with the sacrifice of those who came before you. We should never count as cheap a land or a flag that so many have paid so dearly.

  47. Many years ago, I worked as an orderly ( we were called Mental Health Assistants ) at a State Hospital in Massachusetts. I worked on what was called the “Forensic Unit”.
    The Forensic Unit was for the most dangerous patients, who had been charged with very serious crimes, including murder of a priest and the axe murder of an entire family. Most were there on court ordered commitments.
    Day after day I was presented with challenges, sometimes mental, often physical, of a very serious nature. On many occasions I was physically attacked by patients, often with whatever they could get their hands on for weapons. Knives, shards of glass, steel ashtrays, furniture, televisions, you name it.
    I was not armed.
    The rest of the staff was not armed.
    No tasers, no guns, no riot gear, no clubs, nothing except maybe a straightjacket but even then under only the most DIRE circumstances.
    So when a cop says he feared for his life because he saw a child with what might or might not be a gun, I call bullshit in the highest degree. When a cop says he shot your dog because he was in fear for his life I call bullshit again. When a cop shoots an unarmed man in handcuffs, claiming fear for his life, once again I call bullshit. And on and on ad nauseam.
    I never injured a patient.
    I never used a weapon on a patient.
    I was trained in the space of two weeks how to respond to violent behavior without the use of drastic force.
    I most certainly never killed a patient and I was often confronted by some of the most dangerous people in our society.
    So don’t ever, ever, try and tell me that our police are more than a gang of badly trained, violent fascist thugs, because I am living proof otherwise.

  48. Shame on you JOHN PAVLOVITZ for writing this article! Shame on you! You are no nearer the truth for pouring vitriol on our national spirit and patriotism. Sitting down or taking a knee is not doing a damn thing to solve the problem. It is just producing a reaction. What are the knee benders sacrificing? Not their padded pockets. Not their comfort. Not their time. I stand to say my pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States…..” So the knee benders renounce their pledge for liberty and justice for all. It is not just the Star Spangled Banner. It is the flag! Maybe the knee benders should pitch some of their over paid earnings to support the Terence Crutcher family. I bet not one dime come from their pockets to help fight justice. Such hypocrites Mr. PAVLOVITZ! Whites are not the only ones standing. So are the blacks. So are the Hispanics and Asians. And we shall stand together and pour our contempt on your racial prejudice, whether black or white, and those who promote division. United we stand! Divided we fall.

  49. Since whites are still the majority ‘race’ in this nation, it makes sense that more whites than blacks would be involved in altercations with the police. In sheer numbers, this is true.

    ” According to the most recent census data, there are nearly 160 million more white people in America than there are black people. White people make up roughly 62 percent of the U.S. population but only about 49 percent of those who are killed by police officers.” (Wa Post) Jul 11, 2016

    in 2015, “Of them, 732 were white, and 381 were black (and 382 were of another or unknown race).” (Wa post same date). Considering that blacks only make up about 13.2% of the population, the fact that about 1/2 of the police shootings involve blacks – although technically fewer than whites – is statistically
    important.

    While black-on-black crime is a problem, so is white on white. The fact is that we are most likely to be killed by someone we know rather than a stranger. So whites die at the hands of whites far more than any other “race”; ditto every other “race”.

    Failing to understand those things and act like somehow the black population has no reason to be upset… is really exposing the problems we have with racism in this country.

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  51. When you sing the national anthem, or say pledge of allegiance what you doing? You are celebrating the ideals and desires of the America we all wish we had.. one tlves up to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence. Where we say ALL men are created EQUAL. Where every man and woman has an equal chance to succeed and have an equal part in our country’s freedoms and liberty. Sadly,this is not yet the America we live in today. And its only a guess as to when or if it will ever truly happen. But does that mean we should roll up the flag, hang our heads and admit defeat in the American experiment of self government? I don’t think so. What about all the men and women who have given every ounce of themselves and even spilled their blood to give America one more chance achieving it’s stated goals? What about every person who volunteers in any of a thousand places to make their corner of America just a little bit better? When I stand and snap to attention and sing our national anthem, or recite our pledge of alliegance, I’m not pledging my fealty to a crooked cop or politican or any one else who would destroy our country. I’m pledging or singing to renew my spirit and my desire to make America the America of its birthright. An America that lives up to the ideals of its bedrock founding documents. but I will never do it from my knees. I will do it on my feet. In a voting booth, on a jury panel in a city council meeting, on line supporting petitions and any where else my legs can carry me to advance the American cause. Colin, and all your followers get off your knees. Dont you know that that’s exactly where those who would destroy America want you? You said you were going to donate a million bucks to community groups to fight these injustices. What groups? When are you cutting the checks? How are you individually going to make difference? Not on your knees but standing strong to bring about the America you desire. Not with your checkbook but with the national stage you have been given. Like it or not, want to be or not, you ARE a role model. And to those who have been given much, much demanded. And a grass stained knee doesnt cut it.

  52. This is sad, and heart wrenching, he did not deserve to die, over a traffic stop. However, why did he choose to not comply? Certainly the cops were yelling at him to stop and lay down on the ground, so they could assess the situation and safety of all on the scene. They cops have to enter every situation not knowing the intentions of the other party. They have not idea whether the person they are stopping is law abiding citizen, or someone high on drugs, or mental illness, or has a gun or other weapon. By not complying the situation escalates to a dangerous situation. If he would have just obeyed the commands, he would be alive. Why not just comply? Is this a pride issue, a disrespect for authority? Or high on drugs and not able to follow directions? The majority of these shootings, the suspect does not comply with some basic and standard commands. Why? If you feel like you were stopped unfairly due to profiling, the place to argue that issue is not in the midst of a traffic stop. You will accomplishing nothing but getting arrested or killed. Because, the cops do not know what your intentions are, they really don’t. How in the world are cops supposed to do their jobs if people won’t listen to them. Black, white or otherwise, they have merely seconds to judge a situation, and if someone immediately starts to not comply, then the cops need to assume the person has intentions to cause harm to them or others. Simple.

  53. We have the right to protest and take a knee no matter what. The U.S. is not a fascist nation yet–or not totally. So, the cops in this non-fascist nation should only be engaging with the citizenry with just cause if they suspect a person has broken the law. Just cause is not just the THOUGHT a person is on PCP or has gun or is not cooperating in that one person’s viewpoint. It is a REASONABLE JUDGEMENT CALL– a number of reasonable judgment calls on when to act with force in self-defense. No threat was issued against the cops by Terrence Crutcher. He did not point a gun at them or threaten them verbally with violence. EVEN if he was on drugs, there was no reason to hurt him–what was his crime in the first place? No threats of violence, no gun pointing, just a broken down vehicle and looking like a big bad dude on drugs. You don’t kill someone just because they are on drugs, mentally ill, or not cooperating. That sounds more like a fascist country. Like the country the Philippines is becoming with their newly elect President telling the public to go kill drug addicts and executing drug traffickers.
    We are supposed to be a free country. If you didn’t do anything criminal (other than appear to be on drugs) and just have a broke down car, you shouldn’t be greeted with a mass of law enforcement and a helicopter overhead. The cops sensed danger–big bad dude, PCP, and not seemingly cooperating. OK, so just shoot? Isn’t there an alternative here? Maybe just let things calm down–take a freaking breath–drop your police guns and be a real human being for once? I mean the guy wasn’t pointing a weapon, wasn’t threatening, needed help it seemed like.
    Our criminal justice system is not only racist, but not humanist. People need help–maybe they are on drugs or have a mental illness and other problems. Does that mean they should die for it if they aren’t being reasonable and cooperating?
    There are ways cops and other people can learn to DE-ESCALATE rather than kill someone. Call in the mental health people. Terrence could have gotten the help he needed then maybe (if drugs were involved here. They may have been planted. We’re awaiting a toxicology report.)

    He didn’t deserve to die for being a drug addict (if so). He sounded like a good person despite. Drug addiction is a disease and people can recover. Those who live in glasshouses should not throw stones. Everyone knows a drug addict, alcoholic, pill popper, etc. They wouldn’t want to see their drunk, drugged dad, mother, kid, other relative, or friend gunned down like this…
    BLACK LIVES MATTER and so does LIBERTY and COMPASSION. If you want fascism and hell to come and destroy this country, keep acting like people should have to stand for the flag and that drug addicts, the mentally ill, and other oppressed people (BLACK LIVES)should be shot when they posed no threat to law enforcement. Keep throwing stones and see what happens to the glass house you live in.

    • Here in Tennessee, it has always run like this:

      “Wait? Is that an n-word over there. Are you thinking what I am thinking? Yeah. Wherever you see an n-word, you can bet he or she is up to no good.”

      C’mon people. We just fooled ourselves after the 1960s. We never solved this problem at all. The haters just went underground. Now they are crawling out of their holes because they think the current social and cultural environment is right for them to thrive.

  54. I respect Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest, I just wish he had chosen something else. A reply above had someone stating that they cannot salute our flag because of our current leaders. But that is because the poster doesn’t understand that you aren’t saluting the President or any leaders, but the people who fought and died so that you may have the freedom to protest. You are saluting the flag that was raised on Iwo Jima, the flag that drapes the coffin of soldiers that died in this country’s service. I know we need to stop the senseless killings, but can we not raise awareness in another way?

  55. Duh, could that be because there are a lot more white people than black people in the country? The real statistic is that blacks are 3-5 times more likely to be killed by police than white people when you do the correct math based on the population of white vs black and the number of killings. It would be a much better discussion if people would do a little research before offering their opinions. As your dad probably told you, opinions are butt holes; everybody has one.

  56. If every week we were getting another news story about a black police officer killing the beloved family dog of a white family because that police officer felt “threatened by the dog” – this country would be going ballistic and crying for justice for these grieving families!!! To the extent that even black folks would be marching with the grieving white families for loss of their beloved dog and openly vilifying the black officers who killed them. That my friends is the sickness that the psychopathic psychology called “racism” that most, not all, white people have permeated this country with!!! #FamilyDogsLivesMatterMorethanBlackLivesDo

  57. White people who join in any cause of universal Justice risk more than black people do. If a black person stands up to injustice against black people he’s supported by his community and his greatest risk is those that oppose his fight .

    A white man who fights for justice for a black person risks alienation from his friends and family that may see him as a “traitor to his race”. He will be called “n—-r lover”. He may bring the ire of the latent racists in his community upon his family and friends.

    This is why I salute a man brave enough to speak against inequality. Thank you for recognizing that injustice for one is injustice for all.

    • Thanks Bruce. You are right. When I was in high school, I had a friend who lived in the African-American neighborhood across the tracks from my poor white neighborhood. My mom begged me not to go over to that neighborhood to visit my friend. I did it anyway because he was my friend. My friend’s step-father did not like me coming over and told me so—but his step son was my friend. I hope that one day the word “friend” means something that allows us to transcend this bullshit.

  58. As people are not following through on these high-profile shootings to learn that they are actually not unjustified racist murders by the police, they naturally think that there is some national catastrophe that is unaddressed, that needs attention because everyone is ignoring it, and folks like CK are doing the work of angels.

    But the events turn out to be not as originally advertised most of the time. Innocent black men are not being mowed down at some ridiculous rate. There will always be some, and we should reduce it as far as possible. Police body cams are a great idea, even though expensive and resisted by many departments. But people need to wait until all the evidence is in – Tulsa is departing from the BLM narrative already – and do some simple googling and basic arithmetic. People are angry at CK and saying he is wrong, but I haven’t read anyone who says he shouldn’t be allowed to protest. So just drop that accusation or any hint of it, okay? While no one is going to find that the statistics are 100% for or against them in this matter, Kaepernick is someday going to have to face that he’s 80% wrong in his judgement, which does affect the validity of his protest. Start from the basics here. A: Some Americans are still racist. (True). B. Outcomes for black people still lag behind whites, Asians, and even Hispanics (Also true.) That does not prove that A caused B. Insisting that it somehow does means you will always be blaming the wrong people – police, banks, teachers, whatever. And blaming innocent people is evil.

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  60. Thanks John for standing up for what is right by kneeling in support of people of color, who still experience systemic racism in this country.

    It’s not made up. It’s documented and available, but it takes awareness. White people are being called to consciousness of our white privilege, and it is time we answered.

  61. I also have to wonder how many white people would be asked to do the same… over a stalled car. The comment from the helicopter officer who said, “He looks like a bad dude” gives us a clue. There was prejudice at work; and I wonder how much of a role it played in his being shot versus taken alive as so many truly violent (and armed, and shooting-at-the-cops) white people manage to be.

  62. wait…so this author is TELLING me to take a knee. but if i tell kaepernik to stand during the anthem, that’s wrong because it’s his right not to stand.

    this article is bullshit. and hypocritical.

  63. I don’t see why everyone is making a big deal about what the pro’s do take a knee or put their hand over their heart but it’s not a big deal to take out of the school so what is that teaching our kids the future our kids won’t be used to the plague of the legion because you the people that are mad now took that out of schools and then turn around and get made every one has the right to their beliefs so what another person does should not effect you the only thing that should affect you is what you do and if you don’t have any simply for the family’s that have lost a loved one you have no soul and that’s OK so god forbid you lose a loved one don’t expect people to show you anything in your time of need because what you give is what you will get back and that’s sad anytime a life is taking is sad I just wish everyone could love their neighbors and stop blaming others for your unhappiness stop the killing and start loving why is it people are scared of something good and would rather stay miserable that’s sad and taking a knee doesn’t make a person bad or disrespectful don’t forget they are just entertainer ‘s but more importantly they are just another person that have feelings and emotions and opinions so get over it there are more important things to be mad about like the government trying to kill off and yes you to the ones that think they won’t be on the list trust you are the first on the list so let’s do something about that and forget about the putty shit and focus on some real shit

  64. Let me ask you something. Why won’t people just listen to the demands by officers? If you don’t listen, you should be shot in order to keep everyone safe. Why did he go back to car and reach in to window against commands?

    The guy the other day, why did he get out of car with gun and not drop it?

    Why are we not angry with Mike Brown for Robbing store, assaulting clerk and attacking the police officer before being shot?

    All of these three headline cases were justified.

    Watch this video. This is why a police officer should not let you go back to your car (white or black) This is why an officer should use his weapon sooner rather than later.

  65. You must be psychic to know what the police actually did or didn’t tell him to do. The video audio doesn’t show them telling him anything. It’s, as usual, their word, and I’m sure they never try to cover their blue butts and make things up because they’re the police.

  66. FOLLOW THE OFFICERS ORDERS AND YOU WON’T GET SHOT!! Yes I am yelling because your to stupid to get it! I have no sympathy for someone that does the exact opposite of what law enforcement tells them to do.

    • Interesting. I was under the impression that most commenters here would be from the US, not North Korea. But clearly that’s not the case, because in the US, we area allowed to question officers and authority in general without getting shot. I understand it’s different where you’re from, but please don’t tell us how to act here. We’re not talking about people who were pointing guns at cops or in a shoot out, we’re talking about unarmed people, disabled people, surrendering people, 13 year olds running away. p.s., when you’re telling someone they’re “too stupid to get it,” you should try not to spell two words in a row wrong.

  67. To be honest, NO ONE should be taking a knee. Everyone should be standing. Have you ever tried walking while taking a knee? Why do I ask this? Simple. I was in the military and respect my country. I did fight and defend their right for that knee BUT….. since you can not walk while taking a knee then stand for this country. While standing stand for a cause. While standing walk for a change. Walk and do something. It is a democracy and one should STAND for the change and not take a knee and do nothing. I am not mad. I am only disappointed. The just of the 2 that I see in this picture make 1000 times more than I will ever make. They can make a difference themselves far more than I could. Stand up and be proud. THEN walk and be active in a change that YOU can do.

  68. This is beautiful. This is what we need. We are all affected by abuse of power, plenty of white people are experiencing it, as well. I don’t understand why my fellow citizens are so much in denial that there is an endemic issue across the board with police brutality. If they don’t care about people of color, that’s due to racist indoctrination (there can be no other reason, if you think about it), but they don’t even seem to care about themselves. Other white people keep pointing out to me that “there’s plenty of questionable police killings of white people on YouTube, why don’t you care about them?” And I reply, “Why don’t you?” We’re all in this together.

  69. Here are some things I have a problem with in that article.

    1.) The author says, “For the past month I’ve watched lots of white Americans lose their minds in response to Colin Kaepernick and other NFL player’s peaceful National Anthem protests.”

    I have seen plenty of people of all skin colors and backgrounds say that they did not approve of the way CK was “protesting”. He has the right to of course, no one is debating that. I have the right to say and do lots of things in America but not all of them are wise choices.

    2.) The author says, “and [they] treat them with the kind of open contempt usually reserved for serial killers and child molesters.”

    Haven’t seen that in any instance. Sounds like race baiting material to me.

    3.) Author again says, “these men have been made into the enemy by so much of white America.”

    Are we talking about facts or just this author’s perception of his own world? How did he come to this conclusion? Did he create an extensive poll that specifically came to that conclusion?

    4.) Author says, “and they see white people excusing away murder instead of facing the brutal truth that maybe institutional racism is real and maybe Colin Kaepernick and his brethren are worth listening to, and maybe they shouldn’t be vilified outliers who we’re trying to shut-up.”

    Again, no one that I have seen is excusing murder. I haven’t met one person that thinks a police officer can just murder anyone and it be ok. In fact, I don’t know exactly how many instances there are but I know there have been quite a few instances recently where the officer who shot the person was also black. Is that black on black racism or was that a justified shooting because both were black? These recent videos show me that the people who get shot don’t listen to police and are putting themselves and the police in possible danger by doing so. If a cop thinks they are in danger they may use deadly force. Just listen to the police officer and if you aren’t guilty of whatever the issue is then be patient and do what you are told to do.

    The author sure does like to use the word “maybe”.

    5.) The author again says, “Maybe we should all be kneeling right now.”

    Again, why use the word “maybe”? What is the author’s stance? Does he even know? What is his intent?

    6.) Author says, “White friends, if your immediate response to the shooting of Terence Crutcher is to try and justify why he’s dead, instead of asking why he was shot next to his disabled vehicle by those charged with as protecting and serving him, you may be the problem here.

    Again, he uses “you may be”. Well, which is it? Why keep making all these questionable statements that have no real argument? Most people that I know of don’t think that cops shoot people for no reason. They are sworn to protect and serve so when there is a shooting we don’t normally think they woke up that morning to go murder someone. Murder is not the same as a justified shooting by an officer of the law either.

    7.) Author says, “You need to ask yourself whether you’re really for Liberty—or just white comfort.”

    Really? What is white comfort exactly? More non-descriptive race baiting terms…

    8.) author says, “I see them [CK] being the best of America in the face of the worst of America”
    How does one say what is best or worst in these circumstances? That is a whole book in and of itself.

    9.) author says, “We should be binding-up wounds instead of heaping salt upon them with our shame and disdain.”

    I believe he is doing the exact opposite of his own prescription. He is instead trying heap shame and disdain on white people for “being white” and having “white comfort” whatever that may be.

    10.) author says, “Today white Americans, we should all be taking a knee”

    No thanks, I will be standing with my fellow Americans of all different colors. This isn’t a “white vs black” anything like the media wants us to believe. There is a bigger agenda out there that is driving racial tension in America. There is a reason all the major media outlets focus on stuff like that, they have a purpose for it.

    and he forgot to add in the word “maybe”… smh

    PS: I’m not saying that every police shooting is justified. I don’t know all of the facts in every case and I am not the judge who will render the judgment. What I do see in each shooting is a reoccurring theme like I mentioned before, people refusing to listen to an officer’s commands. How many instances was a person of any color shot in the last year when they listened to every command of the police officer? Why aren’t these people listening to the police who have authority over them?

  70. My son’s both served this country. My oldest watched his buddy, the father of a newborn, get killed in Afghanistan. He now suffers from depression and PTSD. While whoever takes a knee in disrespect to our country and gets paid millions to do so…my son is trying to hold his life together.
    Screw you, screw the disrespectful, overpaid athletes and screw the black lives matter riot campaigns because I will never show that kind of hatred for my country and those who served!

    • Does ANYONE REALLY think that an entire police force is being told to go HUNT black people? Many police departments in the affected areas HAVE BLACK police chiefs and a significant percentage of black officers. So is the black police cheif telling his black police officers that its “open season” to shoot black people? 99.9% of all police officers are good people that do a very difficult job. The small percentange that maybe acted too quickly or maybe are racists, hardly constitutes the reaction from the black community that it has. I saw something on CBS news last night that there were 700+ police shootings last year. Of those, about 200 where against black people. Guess what? 500+ where against non-black people. So where is the systemic racism? The media and the black community seem to WANT to prepetuate this devisive rasism theme. Who does it serve?

    • Does ANYONE REALLY think that an entire police force is being told to go HUNT black people? Many police departments in the affected areas HAVE BLACK police chiefs and a significant percentage of black officers. So is the black police cheif telling his black police officers that its “open season” to shoot black people? 99.9% of all police officers are good people that do a very difficult job. The small percentange that maybe acted too quickly or maybe are racists, hardly constitutes the reaction from the black community that it has. I saw something on CBS news last night that there were 700+ police shootings last year. Of those, about 200 where against black people. Guess what? 500+ where against non-black people. So where is the systemic racism? The media and the black community seem to WANT to prepetuate this devisive rasism theme. Who does it serve?

      Sorry Jill, I also meant to support you in what you said. I DARE ANY BLACK PERSON to stand in front of somebody in the military who is sitting in a wheelchair after having his legs blown, with their fist in the air. How dare you? You discusting, self absorbed asshole. These people give their limbs and lives so you can play a game and have the “right” to protest. Protest the individuals that have harmed you. Do not protest the country that allows you to be an overpaid asshole.

    • @Jill Corral-Blossom; much respect to you and your boys!!! God bless our heros! As a veteran myself and these actions disgust me and I will not support hatred actions from any human being.

      ALL LIVES MATTER!

  71. I don’t believe anyone has said that police departments are out hunting black people.

    What HAS been said is that black people (and people of other nationalities, like Hispanics) do not receive the same treatment at the hands of law enforcement that white people do… and for decades, and centuries, we have excused it, ignored it, and figured out all kinds of stereotypes (all blacks are thugs, they should have complied with orders, they are sexual deviants) to “explain” the discrepancies of how they are treated not only on the street, but in our courtrooms. In years past, blacks were lynched if they so much as looked at a white woman in a way that was interpreted as being “too familiar”… police officers made up part of the Klan…. blacks are more likely to be stopped for things that whites would not be…. “Driving while bla ck” is well known enough that we all know it exists, but instead of being angry about it, we kind of laugh it off… but it’s not funny. Stereotypes are not funny. The advent of the cell phone has started to give us a view of how many times the “official” story doesn’t match the film; how many times minor incidents are leading to death; how many officers are out there that are out of control; and we can acknowledge it or we can keep trying to pretend that we don’t have a problem. That is not going to solve anything. If we continue to ignore it, we will then deserve the anger that will build up over it. We’ve seen it before, we’ll see it again; the vaccine is to start to be honest about what our history is, what’s wrong with that history, and what we will need to make our future different from that history.

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