The race card that President Donald Trump recently played was a joker, “Fire the sons of bitches” back fired. The Colin Kaepernick boycott in the NFL had hit a wall, but thanks to Donald Trump he is back on the radar screen and all the credit goes to the leader of the free world, the President of the United States. His calling for NFL players to be fired for not standing and honoring the American flag was the best thing to happen to the plantation mentality found in pro sports in my life time.
Black trailblazers like Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Paul Roberson, Jackie Robinson, Emmett Ashford, Curt Flood, Jim Brown, John Carlos, Tommy Smith, Dr. Harry Edwards and Muhammad Ali all carried the torch for human and civil rights. They blazed a path and left a trail that few have followed until “Fire the sons of bitches” was heard across America. There are so many frauds in pro sports, the Colin Kaepernicks, Richard Shermans, and Michael Bennetts, are far few and in-between. Too many black athletes are putting the dollar bill first instead of solidifying a future free of racist cops killing their people and love ones. Instead of a rope and a tree, the new lynching tool is not a rope its a gun in the hands of a racist cop. Michael Bennett was the best example. His experience after the Floyd Mayweather fight in Las Vegas proves that stardom and money does not make you a free man in America.
Athletes Jackie Robinson, Jim Brown and the late Dick Gregory true warriors in the civil rights movement and they had the scars to prove it.
President Donald Trump’s criticizing black athletes came to a head when he told a roaring crowd of Alabama white supporters how great it would be if NFL owners fire every son-of-a-bitch who didn’t stand for the national anthem. Sunday September 25, 2016 will go down in sports history as the day when black athletes came out of hiding across the NFL and said, “Hell No!” The day will rank right up there with the 1968 Olympic Games when sprinters Tommy Smith and John Carlos raised their black fisted gloves against racial discrimination in America.
There are many who say “Politics & Sports don’t mix.” Politics and sports have been mixing since the early days of slavery. The first pro athlete was a slave, in the early 1800s slave owners had too much leisure time on their hands. One day a slave owner saw two of his slaves racing each other back to the plantation and came up with the idea of competing his slaves against each other to entertain “The Master.”
Boston Celtic Coaching Legend Arnold “Red” Auerbach with Bill Russell and in the studio with radio host Harold Bell
The contests would eventually turn to plantation against plantation. There were heavy wages bet and plantations would be lost and participants sometimes would be granted free slaves and some would lose their lives.
The games would consist of track and field, boxing, and horse racing. No one understood the peculiar ways of the thoroughbred horses better than the slaves who took care of them. When the Kentucky Derby first ran in 1875 there were 15 riders and only three were not black. For close to three decades black riders dominated the Kentucky Derby. They were the first black superstar athletes in the United States. Isaac Murphy is considered one of the greatest riders in American thoroughbred history. He won three Kentucky Derbies and was the first rider inducted into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
1968 Olympic stars Tommy Smith and John Carlos shown here with the leaders of SNNC H. Rap Brown sitting on the left and Stokely Carmichael sitting on the right hold a press conference in Washington, DC to discuss racism in America.
The response to Trump’s threat was swift and heart-warming as players, coaches and owners finally joined arms together on the field of play or stayed in the tunnel during the playing of the anthem in protest of Trump’s misguided efforts to divide and conquer. But there were still owners like Jerry Jones who refuse to acknowledge that Kaepernick’s protest had nothing to do with the American flag or the military.
Jones convinced his players to kneel on the field arm in arm before the national anthem was played to show solidarity and when the anthem was played stand at attention. My question how does that show solidarity with the rest of the league? Especially, when you have an owner dictating the terms of surrender?
Colin Kaepernick’s protest was about the shooting deaths of unarmed people of color, but the Jones and the Trumps are still pretending they don’t understand.
Harold Bell is the Godfather of Sports Talk radio and television in Washington, DC. Throughout the mid-sixties, seventies and eighties, Harold embarked upon a relatively new medium–sports talk radio with classic interviews with athletes and sports celebrities. The show and format became wildly popular. Harold has been an active force fighting for the rights of children for over 40 years with the help of his wife through their charity Kids In Trouble, Inc. To learn more about Harold Bell visit his official website The Original Inside Sports.com.