I HAVE LISTENED TO A BUNCH OF WHITE FOLKS AND BLACKS FOLKS ON FACEBOOK AND ON THE INTERNET GIVE THEIR OPINIONS ABOUT SINGERS LIKE GLADYS KNIGHT (AND OTHERS) PERFORMING DURING THE SUPER BOWL.
Although many felt it was disgraceful for Gladys to perform, many of you cannot divorce Gladys the singer, from Gladys, who apparently does not understand White American Racism, and even worse, Insulates White American Racism. Others refuse to understand and appreciate the reasons why Colin Kaepernick “took a knee.” Even if you cannot support Kaepernick and the Struggle, WHY give Aid and Comfort To Racism?
There is not a Bigger Gladys Knight fan walking the face of the earth than me, but it should not be my responsibility to teach a class called, “Being Black 101.” Black is a skin color, but Black is also a State of Mind. White American Racism challenges you daily as a Black person. It is left up to you to respond to those challenges, while at the same time taking a Stand to Show the Worth of YOUR Black Human Dignity and Respect.
The same goes with boycotting the NFL. Although it was a personal choice for many, including myself...I have not watched an NFL game in over two years...it was and is a commitment about taking a Stand for what you believe, and Supporting a Cause and a Continued movement against Racism. We should not have to to remember why Colin Kaepernick knelt. He “exposed” the NFL and its “Fraternity of Racist Slave Master Owners” as a Racist American Institution, up close and very personal for us. Colin lost millions when he knelt in opposition to Racism and Police Brutality. Some of us did not have a Damn thing to lose but inconvenience and TV viewing time, while supporting a noble cause and a demonstration against Racism, but WE HAD to have OUR NFL Football. Which is why White folks continue to play Black folks like a drum because many of us refuse to take a STAND on Anything. We will just call them...Bent Back Negroes.
You might not see "Colored and White" signs today as they were back in the day, but believe me, they are still there. Boycotts and Demonstrations and Marches and Picket Lines were necessary components of the Civil Rights Movement. We used any means necessary to fight Visible Vestiges of Segregation and Racism.
From Montgomery to Birmingham to Greensboro to Nashville to Jackson to Atlanta to Jacksonville to Tampa and ALL OVER the South...Blacks stood up and Sat down and Marched and Walked and Boycotted to show their opposition to White American Racism. Many of you today are the beneficiaries of the few who made sacrifices and withstood challenges and even lost their Lives to make America PAY that IOU Promissory Note of Centuries Ago...Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness as WE THE PEOPLE.
Some of you act as if the fight against Racism and the fight for your Human Dignity and Respect is over and not necessary. Anyone who could plainly see White America electing a Racist president and the reasons why, should readily understand the idiocy of that thought process.
For Gladys Knight and other Black performers to not understand the issues and not support those issues mean they do not understand White American Racism and certainly to do not understand the Value of Their Black Human Dignity and Respect...and THAT IS SAD!
The Struggle Continues!
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.