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49ers safety on Pence's Colts walkout: 'This is what systemic oppression looks like'

San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid slammed Vice President Mike Pence’s walkout during his team’s game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, calling it a “PR stunt."

Reid, who was one of the players to start kneeling with then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem to protest racial equality, told reporter that Pence likely knew that players from his team would kneel during the anthem, as seen in a video via Jennifer Lee Chan of Niners Nation.

“So this looks like a PR stunt to me. He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew that we were probably going to do it again,” Reid said.

“This is what systemic oppression looks like. A man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple of things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts. Based on the information I have, that’s the assumption I’ve made.”


Bye, Harvey

Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

Under Trump, the US Govt is now an engine of systematic white supremacy

Over the entire existence of this country, we've had governments outwardly promote white supremacy. From anti-reconstruction support for former slave owners under Andrew Johnson, turn of the century Jim Crowism, Woodrow Wilson's endorsement of the KKK, FDR's internment of Japanese-American citizens, the tolerance for several administrations for white only access to government programs from home loans to the GI Bill, and the use of the Southern Strategy by recent GOP administrations like Nixon and Reagan. For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, there were very few presidents who were untainted by the stain of American white supremacy.

With civil and human rights campaigns, the conscience of the nation was raised, as we've tried to collectively move away from systematic white supremacy in the modern era of the last quarter century. But now, as a nation under increasingly fascistic right wing Republican terror, we've regressed with a vengeance. Just look at the way that Pence and Trump's NFL stunt cements white fragility under their campaign of white supremacy just today.

That's exactly what was behind it, outright white fragility and creating racial divisions, in order to rile up his already racist base. People who feel threatened whenever whiteness isn't being centered are the ones who are triggered by stunts like this. Just show his rubes some uppity black people and watch them totally lose their shit.

And since he couldn't get any mileage out some white-on-white violence, when a white terrorist mowed down mostly white country music concert goers in Las Vegas, he made up for it by openly sending his chief hypocrite on an expensive charade to attack some handy black NFL players.

Of course, it won't be the last time they'll go out of their way to generate anti-black animosity.

Since the beginning of this month:

- Not one word from this White House about the Nazis who have marched again in Charlottesville.

- Snubbing Native Americans while praising the genocidal mass murderer, Christopher Columbus.

- Urging his base to show outward racial animosity towards black NFL players.

- His attacks against the Mayor of San Juan and the citizens of Puerto Rico.

American white supremacy is being empowered by this President and we've seeing him use the core of white fragility to make his racist white base believed that they're being victimize. He's a danger to the republic and he's destroying it right before our very eyes.


The replicant hypocrite snowflake melts away like a drama queen...


Yeah, but what about HER emails...

It was never about her emails.

"It was never about my emails." 

Peeling the Whitewash From Our Myths: Susan K. Smith and Bill Moyers

Peeling the Whitewash From Our Myths: Susan K. Smith and Bill Moyers talk about the Bible, the Constitution and Race

“All men are created equal” does not mean what we think those words should mean.


Editors Note: Susan K. Smith almost didn’t make it last summer to the Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York — that historic community of adult learning to where outstanding speakers have been holding forth since its founding in l874. Because of cancelled flights she spent a long and sleepless night in an airport, finally arriving at Chautauqua, an hour from Buffalo, just in time to grab some breakfast and less than an hour’s shuteye before addressing an audience of over 2,000 people on the subject, “Grappling with the Myths of Democracy and Monotheism in a World Where Neither Exists.” It was a handful of a topic and a warm day but the audience never strayed as Smith spoke of America’s current turmoil in the context of the documents that guided its founding, in particular the Constitution and the Bible. After she called out “The Religion of Empire” and “The God of the State” the questions came fast but not furious, and lively exchanges followed.

Smith has done a lifetime of homework in American history, culture and religion. She earned her B.A. in literature at Occidental College, her master’s at Yale Divinity School (where she was the first woman president of the student body), and her doctorate at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She’s been a minister of music and senior pastor, led outreach programs to the poor in Columbus, Ohio, and organized a multi-racial, multi-ethnic social justice organization that was recently instrumental in getting the Ohio legislature to enact a law which prevents pay lenders from charging clients exorbitant interest rates. She’s spoken on tensions between the secular and the sacred — and their sometimes coupling — at venues from Oxford University to…..well, Chautauqua, where we met. I had arranged this interview before the massacre in Las Vegas, a story still unfolding as we talked.
—Bill Moyers

Moyers: Why do you think America nurtures such violence?

Smith: I think there is a tie, a connection between violence and the desire for power. Violence is seen as some type of a badge of strength. If you can be violent physically, or if you can be violent emotionally or if you can be violent spiritually, you’re strong. 

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