I believe in Freedom.
A Flag is a piece of fabric.
Certainly, it is a symbol. However, it is a valid means of expression to burn a flag in my opinion.
Would I do it? Right now. No.
Can I see a point in time when I would burn that Flag. Yes.
And I have served in the military and as a civilian in a war zone for America.
I also know that around the world and, yes, in America, some [many] see it as a symbol of oppression.
That Flag also flew over Slavery, Jim Crow, the Vietnam War, the Assassination of MLKJr, Malcolm X and Robert Kennedy among others, lies about 9/11, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Petrol Wars across the Middle East, the Fugitive Slave Act, overbearing Christianity, American Exceptionalism, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Dick Cheney, LBJ and RMK, Police Militarization, Police Brutality, the War on Drugs, the hostile annexation of Hawaii, J. Edgar Hoover, FDR & Japanese internment, genocide of the American Indian (or whatever PC name you wish to label them) and many, many other crimes against humanity.
Not everyone has the same world view.
I may think that other world views are ridiculously idiotic and I may agree with those world views. With Liberty and Freedom comes the responsibility to tolerate and/or accept other views.
I understand completely how some can see the American Flag as a symbol of something other than Freedom, Loyalty and Peace.
Odd that you mention the deaths of soldiers. Many soldiers, especially Vietnam era, were sent on fool’s errands and criminal enterprises under that Flag and died for no good reason…and our Flag flew over that as well.
This is an issue of Institutionalized abuse and bigotry.
This is an issue of Classism.
It is not a race issue.
White, Black, Asian, Arab, Latino, Hispanic and every other non-Elite citizen of America is being disabused of their rights in America due to the institutions set up by the two political parties and the sheep who vote for them.
Black people don’t need allies. We all need to form an alliance against the bigotry and abuse of the Federal, State and local governments.
I take umbrage when someone tells me that I need to ally myself with Black people because they are some kind of special victim. They are not.
The American Police, or as I call them State Thug, is the friend of no Citizen. They are extortionists, rapists and pillagers. They are scum. The Governments and their officious bureaucrats are the issue here.
When Black people are led to believe that they are special victims, it serves only to hurt them.
It serves also to hurt everyone else.
Go out to the country/rural areas of America, you will see just as much poverty and much, if not most of it, is White poverty.
It is all oppression. It is all the denial of opportunity. It is all tyranny.
That Black people are fooled into believing that it is them against White people is naught but a tool of division used by the Democratic Party to keep that Black voting block in place.
White people don’t hate Black people. White people have their own problems. White people have to feed their own children and protect them from the abuses of the State.
I abhor the racial division created by the Democratic Party and their minions.
And don’t attempt to blame the GOP. The DNC held the Presidency and the Congress for the better part of the past decade. Even so, Black opportunity saw a decline the whole of that time. If the DNC is so good for the Black Citizens of America, how is this possible.
Certainly, Republicans do nothing for the Black Community in America. This is a matter of course. There is less than a 5% possibility of a Black person voting for a Republican. Republicans, like Democrats, have constituencies. These constituencies are voters. If the likelihood of the Black Vote going to a Republican is all but nil, why would a Republican give a damn about a Black voters.
It all boils down to votes.
As long as the Democrats know that Black Citizens are all but guaranteed to vote Democrat, there is no reason for a Democrat to do anything except for the usual talk.
As long as Republican know that an ice cube will freeze in hell before the Black Citizen Community will vote for them, Republicans will continue to ignore them.
The result is the same. Lip service from the DNC including Barack Obama and Republicans simply ignoring the Black Citizen.
Equality is a sham.
Equality is discrimination against the talented and driven.
Is a Soldier in the United States Army treated the same as a General?
Is a Mayor treated the same as a homeless person?
Is a checkout clerk treated the same as a manager?
Is a brilliant scientist treated the same as a five year old?
Is a #1 NBA Draft selection treated the same as an undrafted Free Agent?
Is Hillary Clinton treated the same as Monica Lewinski?
Humans should be treated with dignity. We should all be exposed to equal opportunities.
However, I cannot take advantage of the same opportunities as a brilliant scientist much like that brilliant scientist could not take advantage of the opportunities which I have had.
Education is there to be had for the citizens of Baltimore. I can no more force parents and Bloods and Crips to ensure that the children of Baltimore take advantage of said education any more than you or Obama or Bush or Hillary or the Mayor of Baltimore.
The Federal Governments War on Drugs is also an equal opportunity offender. It legislatively criminalizes certain drugs. Everyone has the opportunity to abide by these idiotic laws and prohibitions.
No one is forcing a Black person, an Asian person or a White person to become involved in the drug trade or to purchase drugs.
Once a person becomes involved with drugs, equality shifts. White people are less likely to be prosecuted or even accosted by a State Thug (Police) than Black people. The affluent are less likely to serve time than a poor person.
And so on and so forth.
We are all born. At that point, we are more or less equal. From that moment on, equality is an illusion that can only be forced upon us by force via Statist intervention.
For us all to be equal, we must all be in some way diminished.
That Citizens should be treated with respect and that the Police are not overlords but servants who should respect the very law which they are charged with enforcing.
That the LEO should know and respect the Constitution.
That Police should be held to a standard that is, at the very least, equal to that of the American Citizenry.
That Police should be non-abusive and knowledgeable of the law.
That America is a land of Liberty.
Yeah, that is some fucked up shit. I can see how you would think that I am part of the problem.
Sheep mindlessly follow the safety of the proximity to their shepherd as they sense that they are being protected from predators such as wolves when in reality they are being led to the slaughter.
But, yes, you are correct. I am the problem.
That I believe that a State Agent should have no right to detain me, abuse me or to even bother me so long as I am abiding by the law and trespassing upon the rights or property of no other.
I can see that I am the problem.
I should be more like the State Thugs and murder and commit mayhem.
“But if we really want to solve the problem, if our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could. It’s just it would require everybody saying this is important, this is significant, and that we don’t just pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns and we don’t just pay attention when a young man gets shot or has his spine snapped. We’re paying attention all the time because we consider those kids our kids and we think they’re important and they shouldn’t be living in poverty and violence.”
For America to maintain its place at the head of Nations, we need an educated citizenry.
Most of the issues in America stem from ignorance.
Ignorance of possibilities is a great issue in America.
When the people are completely ignorant of the possibilities with which they are confronted, they are not educated.
When Citizens are bereft of hope due to a lack of knowledge of the infinite possibilities which life has to afford them, they have no hope.
America is beset on all sides by propaganda. The Left besieges minorities with the language of ignorance and victimhood.
The Right acts similarly but from a different angle.
Trailer Parks and Ghettos in America are full of throngs of people who lack the basic understanding and knowledge to do anything but take advantage of a system that is rife with corruption.
And let us face facts.
Many people are simply unintelligent.
Any who believes that the State is here to serve them is a fool bereft of even basic understanding of life and opportunity.
Any fool who desires dependence on the State is no better than an animal in a zoo…and less intelligent.
America is supposed to be the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. I do not see this as the current state of affairs.
We have people who still believe that the Police are here to “protect and serve” when this has never been the case. Police have always been agents of the State.
We have people who believe that the Government gives them “free stuff.” This has never been the case. Any thing that a government gives you was taken from someone. Taken not freely but via coercion and threat of violence.
America is the Land of the Dependent and the Home of the Wage Slave.
This is by law. Law that should be representative of the will of the people but is not. Our laws are the will of the Corporate Elite and the Banks.
Law in this age is designed to create dependency, instill fear and divide the people one against another.
Until these things change, justice is impossible.
Until these things change, we are all in poverty.
In America, poverty is a crime. It is a crime against the people. It is a crime against oneself.
I have seen poverty in America. Having volunteered to work with homeless and the poor, I’ve seen it. I’ve seen the evil it wreaks upon the population. I’ve seen the inhumanity of poverty in America.
It is a stain on our Republic.
To ignore it is to be guilty of its inhumanity.
To sit in poverty and do nothing but demand help from others while doing nothing for oneself is to be guilty of inhumanity.
To bring children into that life is to be guilty of a heinous criminality deserving of that fabled Christian hell.
Poverty in America is a crime for which every American is guilty.
That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.
The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.”
You have no RIGHT to the labor of another. You have no authority to demand that another human being do your bidding.
You do have the ability to contract[ing] for the labor of another.
A contract is a two way agreement wherein both parties agree to some exchange of services/goods/labor in return for services/goods/labor.
Both parties must agree to the contract.
You have no right to the other parties agreement.
Except via the coercion of the State. If the State deems that you have a right to the labor of others, then you have a legal right but not a natural right.
This is where you err on the side of despotism.
If the State can demand that a bigot provide a cake for a gay person or that a bigot cater a gay persons wedding, where does it end.
If you wish to grant the State those powers on your behalf, then you forfeit all right to complain about items such as institutional racism.
Those who argue in favor of State enforced rights such as the right to the labor of others, the right to forced association, the right to forced contract, you are arguing for tyranny.
Any right that must be enforced by the State is a threat of violence.
You, who are arguing for these legal rights, are arguing in favor of the Police who killed Eric Garner and every other victim of the State.
Your desires and actions are no better than that of the Christian bigot who irrationally (based upon his misinterpretations of the message of Christ) discriminates against Homosexuals or Black people. I would argue that these actions are worse. You are essentially demanding involuntary servitude based on your beliefs that people should not discriminate when, in fact, we all discriminate to one degree or another.
I’m not certain that many have thought this through to its logical Statist conclusion.
It is established fact and history that Police as an institution have been corrupt since their founding in America.
The Police were paid to bust the Labor Movement. The Police have been in the pockets of the Mafia. The Police have been in the pockets of American, Mexican and Colombian Drug Gangs since the beginning of the War on Drugs.
Honestly, I’m surprised that the American Police weren’t bought off by the Islamic Terrorists after 9-11. They’ve been bought off by every other criminal element which has existed in America.
The Police have murdered more Americans than terrorists. Terrorists don’t have a clue. If they came to America and paid the Police, they could murder Americans with impunity.
How long will Americans fall prey to the corrupt criminals who call themselves Police in America? How long will we allow the Police to murder American Citizens with impunity?
How long until Americans stand up to the State and it’s Thugs?
The Police murder Americans on a daily basis. The Police have been a corrupt entity since day one and continue to be a corrupt entity.
The American Police defy the US Constitution and deny the rights of Americans each and every day. They get away with this because Americans refuse to see the truth.
It is time for Americans to hold the Police accountable. That will take a new political structure. It will take a denial of incumbency to any politician who supports the status quo and the drug war.
It is time for Americans to hold the Police and their Political Master accountable. Honestly, I never thought I would think of the American Police and the Afghan Police as one and the same. Now, I believe the American Police to be the more corrupt force.
No, I don’t need to do a “ride along” to see how dangerous the job is for the Police. I have seen the Police in action. I’ve known Police all of my life. I’ve been in dangerous situations myself…all over the world. I know about split second decision making. It is no excuse. There is no excuse for the bullying, shameless criminals who run the streets in Police uniforms in America.
The Police should answer to the people. As it now stands, they are above the people. The answer to no one and they murder, steal and lie with impunity.
The State Thugs need to be stopped now.
Vote out any Politician who refuses to hold these Corrupt Criminals accountable.
“The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him”.
So…a moron who claims he is American (I believe him) asks me to prove that cultural appropriation is not new, not unique to America and indeed has been around for a long, long time.
I answered thusly;
Gulf Arabs look down upon Palestinians and pretty much every other Arab or Muslim Nation.
Hazaras in Afghanistan who are descended from Genghis Khan.
Druze in the Levant.
Syriacs, Coptics were some of the the original Christian members predating Constantinian Catholic Christianity. When Rome took Christianity and passed it on to Europe, these Levantine Christians were sought out and slaughtered as heretics by post-Roman European Christians.
And, yes, there are plenty of Christian examples of “cultural appropriation.” Black Gospels, themselves, are cultural appropriation as is European Christianity. The religion of Christ was stolen from the Levant and laid over Europe. The Europeans then went about the act of murdering the original Christians which laid the foundation of dissent which allowed Islam to rise so easily in those areas.
Thai Corporations which sell whitening products. This is an Asian phenomenon and it has nothing to do with Europe.
Bedouins in the Gulf Area and the appropriation and commercialization of their culture to tourists. The Gulf Nations such as the UAE then oppress these bedouin peoples.
Many, many cultures have adopted Gypsy styles of dress and dance. No one is quite certain from whence originated the Gypsies as they are a roving band of people who predate history. Everyone in Europe hates the Gypsies and looks down upon them. The whole Bohemian movement was started by Gypsies. Much of the clothes worn in high fashion can be traced back to the Gypsies. Yet, they are hated and vilified. Even Hitler tried to exterminate them.
I find this irksome. When someone asks me to provide them with obvious examples of historical fact about which one should have learned in high school. Aside from that, there is google.
America is such a myopic, ignorant land…which is why we have terms such as “white privilege” and “cultural appropriation.”
If Americans would educate themselves…my God what a Nation we could be.
Instead, we whine and argue over inconsequential bullshit.
One last as it is a HUGE one.
The Yuan Empire was created by Khublia Khan who, as you should know, was a Mongol. Much of what China has become is due to the Mongols, Jinghiss [Genghis] Khan and his grandson Khublai
The Chinese erased that history, gave Kublai a Chinese name, and claim descent from the Yuan Empire for themselves. The Chinese hate the Mongols. The Chinese try even now to claim Mongolia as part of China as they do with Tibet.
It’s a huge world out there. There is nothing new under the sun. The more one knows…the less of a whiny cunt one becomes as a result.
America is a multicultural nation. Those cultures are going to mix. When that happens, White folks are going to try different items/actions/things that folks of other “races” do/say/try. Everyone else is doing the same. When we each try the other “thing,” we are going to adapt it to what we, personally, like. This is natural.
And people are going to make money off of it.
Black women purchase their hair from Malaysia, Brazil, etc. They wear these hair pieces in American Black hairstyles. They have appropriated the hair of women from other “races” and used it to make their “Black American” hairstyles. Black women also style their hair in styles that are traditionally White. Black women “straighten” their hair using chemicals to mimic the hairstyles of White women. Is that not cultural appropriation?
I’m not all that down with the whole “privilege” game either. Especially when I’m being lectured on privilege by a rich,privileged, celebrity teenager. There are many types of privilege. Some White people benefit from being White. Not all White people benefit from being White. There are millions of poor White people in prison for drugs right alongside Black people. Affluence is privilege. Celebrity is privilege. Education is privilege. In some cases, yes, definitely, being White is “privileged.” There are not many universal truths.
White privilege in America is definitely NOT universal.
This seems like typical American victimology. Americans have, somehow, come to believe that their world is unique. They have come to believe that racism, bigotry, slavery, class privilege and a whole slew of other societal blights exist exclusively or uniquely in America. No, this is not true. Then there is this. Black people are not the only people in history to put their hair in braids or rows. Asian people have done it. Arabs have done it. White folks have done it. Africans did not invent the braid or the cornrow.
That Black hair has certain requirements of which I may or not be aware and that I want to wear my hair in a way that is similar to the way that Black people IN AMERICA have traditionally worn their hair does not make my doing so an affront to all Black people in America or Africa or anywhere for that matter. This sounds like more celebrity whining about issues that are so inconsequential as to be nearly incomprehensible.
Juxtaposing “cultural appropriation” with institutional bigotry within the United States Federal Government is insulting to every victim of the War on Drugs and the prison plantation system that has been the sin of both the Democratic and Republican Parties.
America does not NOT love, hate, like, dislike or in any other way treat with Black people as a whole because no sane person hates or loves a whole group of people based on any sane notion. People love or hate individuals. Individuals love other individuals. I know of no sane person who loves or hates any group of people. Many Americans do not know Black people. They know only what they’ve been shown. Some White Americans do know Black persons. They know the Black persons with whom they have worked, associated, had a beer. They know the Black person(s) whom they have dated. They know the child whom they raise with their Black spouse. However, the fact is that most White Americans do not know Black people because they do not live near, work with, or associate with Black people for a variety of factors such as proximity.
Most of America know only the Black persons and groups whom they see on TV. Who controls that message? America does not control that image and message. Who controls that dialogue? The American Media controls that image and that dialogue and that image. The American Media is a small percentage of America. Less than .0001% of America, I would guess. When your average American thinks of Black people, they conjure the images, messages and dialogue which they’ve been provided by Politicians, Hollywood, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, etc.
A more valid and truthful end to Amandla Stenberg’s video monologue would have been “what would America be like if the American Media loved Black People as much as they love Black culture.” That would have been a truth.
“Zi Gong asked, saying, “Is there one word that may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life?” The Master said, “Is not reciprocity such a word?” – Confucius
Furthermore, it is time for Christians to take stock of their belief and the words of the “Lord and Savior.”
Did he not command you to love the least of him as you would love him?
I see no caveat to this in the Bible. I saw a clear statement.
Did he not say judge not lest you, yourself, be judged?
If you are Christian and you treat others with disrespect, you are no Christian.
“I myself am a Buddhist, not a Christian. But I cannot help but think that if Christ ran a public establishment, it would be open to all,” Takei noted. “He would be the last to refuse service to anyone. It is, simply put, the most un-Christian of notions.”
Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
~ Jesus Christ
“That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.”
If the entire “Dharma” (spiritual and moral laws) can be said in a few words, then it is — that which is unfavorable to us, do not do that to others. (Padmapuraana, shrushti 19/357–358)
“That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself” (Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5).
Bergdahl is exactly what irks me about many of our young people today. They want all of the benefits without any of the responsibilities. Bergdahl signed a contract.
I don’t believe he should be put to death for desertion.
However, his desertion caused others to be placed in harms way and to die. He may well have caused harm to come to other Americans by divulging information to the taliban.
If his actions caused the deaths of American citizens, should he not be given the same fate? If he caused the taliban to be able to kill Americans by his actions, should he pay no price for that crime.
I don’t care how troubled he was with the war in Afghanistan or some of his fellow Americans. If his desertion and subsequent actions caused Americans to die, should he not be punished?
If I caused your son or daughter to be killed through my willful, negligent actions would you simply forgive me?
I’m not going to call this guy a coward. I believe it took courage to walk off of the FOB and into the unknown that is the Afghan countryside. I know. I’ve been out there.
That said, his actions were selfish. His actions were negligent. He had moral reservations. He should have taken them up the chain of command. I’ve called folks out in Afghanistan for their treatment of the Afghans. I’ve called folks out for their attitudes towards the Afghans.
Bottom line is that Bowe Bergdahl signed a contract. He was fine with benefiting from said contract. When it came time to fulfill his side of the bargain, he balked. The military is not like other jobs. The consequences can and often times are more serious than working at McDonald’s, Google, GE or Best Buy. An individuals decisions can affect the lives of many.
Bergdahl’s actions likely caused the deaths of several Americans. Bergdahl’s actions caused Obama to make decisions on an international level in releasing 5 taliban ranking personnel who may murder more Americans, Afghans and others.
Is Bergdahl somehow above consequences?
Agree or disagree with the Afghan War, it matters not. Bergdahl’s actions have consequences. That weight is heavy. There is a price to pay for such actions and for the consequences of said actions.
Conscientious practice of self-criticism is still another hallmark distinguishing our Party from all other political parties. As we say, dust will accumulate if a room is not cleaned regularly, our faces will get dirty if they are not washed regularly. Our comrades’ minds and our Party’s work may also collect dust, and also need sweeping and washing. The proverb “Running water is never stale and a door-hinge is never worm-eaten” means that constant motion prevents the inroads of germs and other organisms. To check up regularly on our work and in the process develop a democratic style of work, to fear neither criticism nor self-criticism, and to apply such good popular Chinese maxims as “Say all you know and say it without reserve”, “Blame not the speaker but be warned by his words” and “Correct mistakes if you have committed them and guard against them if you have not” – this is the only effective way to prevent all kinds of political dust and germs from contaminating the minds of our comrades and the body of our Party.
“On Coalition Government” (April 24, 1945), Selected Works, Vol. III, pp. 316-17.
Most of the folks who participated wound up with a bullet to the temple.
I find that “White Privilege” is simply another form of Maoist Self Criticism.
How long until the Democratic Party Leadership begins to murder White People who admit to White Privilege?
Barack Obama seems to think that Che Guevara was a Hero
What is up with the Democratic Party?
Every evil that is conceivable has been perpetrated by the Democrats.
The Trail of Tears
The Vietnam War
The Cold War
The United Nations
The Original Chickenhawks
I could go on and on.
Yet, now, they attempt to act innocent and they call the Republicans racist.
As if history did not exist.
Now, we have Obamacare & White Privilege.
We have Democrats attempting to tell us that the GOP is bought and paid for (IT IS) while pretending that they, the Left, are not owned by the same Goldman Sachs cabal.
Obama was against the war in Iraq until he made it his own by screwing up across the Middle East. Now, the Nobel laureate is in love with the War in Iraq. After all, Iraq War 3.0 is his own war. Of course, he loves it.
Obama invented Terror Tuesday where he votes THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN like a Roman Emperor in the Coliseum on whether to assassinate American Citizens or to drone the hell out of mostly random brown folks in Central Asia and the Middle East.
Meddling in the Middle East was a terrible crime under Bush. Bush was a war criminal. Obama has meddled ever more and in a much more corrupt, cronyistic and incompetent manner, yet, you are a racist if you question his war mongering across the Brown portion of the Planet.
Perhaps, some fuckin’ Democrat can explain this shit to me.
The DNC has murdered and rampaged its way across history and somehow blames it all on the GOP…and you are a racist.
So you would have fought during World War II but not Nam, Korea or Iraq and Afghanistan.
Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor?
Britain and France declared war on Germany because Germany invaded Poland. That was the pretense at any rate.
Japan attacked Pearl Harbor after America had engaged in a systematic effort to deny the Empire of Japan the resources necessary to build their Nation and Empire.
By the end of World War II, Poland and all of Eastern Europe was in the hands of a greater evil than Hitler could ever have hoped to represent. That evil being the Soviet Union.
Soviet Communism which later morphed into Maoist Communism took China.
Communism also swept through Southeast Asia.
The end result of World War II was that the West fought Japan and Germany in order to hand over their Empires to the Soviet Union.
World War II was a direct cause of the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and attributed to the rise of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is the cause of 90% of the Islamic Fundamentalism on this Globe. Islamic Fundamentalism is the root of Islamic Terrorism.
If there were no Saudi Arabia, there would exist no taliban, no ISIS, no al Qaeda, no Khorasan and so on and so forth.
Fundamentalist Shi’a Iran can also be traced to poor decision making based on the the Cold War anti-Communist paranoia that haunted the West from 1945 through the end of the Soviet Union circa 1991.
The Arab-Israeli Conflict can be traced back to World Wars 1 and 2.
World War II also gave us the CIA and the NSA via Cold War paranoia.
You can research any and all of this with a simple google search.
I’m not seeing how World War II was “the good war.” It was an asinine war prompted by the American Banking conglomeration.
World War II was not the good war. It was a war like any other only on a global scale. It put the globe to the flame and destroyed millions of lives and billions of dollars of property.
America profited from the outcome immensely which drove our recovery out of the Great Depression and into the boom years of the 50s and 60s.
It was as much an elective war for the United States of America as Polk’s Mexican War or LBJ’s Vietnam War or Bush’s Iraq War or Obama’s wars in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia.
**********WARNING: SARCASM FOLLOWS! The author does not actually hold the following opinion*********
Google the term “Golf” and the first images the search engine offers are of Brown Men in tight, nerdy Golf attire playing at whiteness. How did this become acceptable?
The term “Golf” itself is a Scottish one. In Arabic, this kind of sports is still called Golf . As a matter of fact, the “sport” is called Golf in any language. The term has been appropriated into many languages just a the term “computer” has. Golf has its roots in the Scottish Highlands where it was invented by a group of what I can only assume were a bunch of bored, grouchy, slightly drunk Scottish fellows who were bored and not very athletic. Brown appropriation of this Western sport began much later probably in the early 20th Century in America but possibly earlier in India. Brown people who are continuing this tradition are continuing a century old tradition of cultural appropriation. One can see it every day in the NBA, the NFL and in Futbol (Soccer in the US). Brown people or “people of color” have essentially stolen cultural sports that were invented by White people and edged them out whether they are willing to view this practice this way or not.
Growing up in America, I saw men in my community play Basketball, Football and Golf at parks and in the school yard. Men often played with other men, in private spaces, so that this sport was for each other. When they played at school with women in attendance, the dynamic shifted. Men played for men alone, there was a different kind of athleticism and competitiveness, perhaps more powerful, definitely more earnest, or maybe that’s how it felt to me, as a child and teenager, wary of women’s intentions. At schools the sport was competitive and masculine and daring, something aspiring professionals would come use to better their lives, their family, their social standing. In the early days, these sports were all White. Black folks had their own sports in their own community. Baseball was invented by White Americans for White Americans. Likewise with Football and Basketball. Brown people were separate from our communities.
One of the most awkward occurrences for me when I watch sports such as Football or Golf is portion of the game where the Black or Brown athlete is feted as the Best Ever in a Sport invented by White men. Amazingly, it is even more awkward these days when a White athlete is hailed as a legend or a “greatest ever” in a position such as Quarterback in Football. There is always the backlash of “if he was Black, they would give credit to the coach or receiversThis usually happens on weekends, and I’ve learned to avoid watching Sports when there are too many Brown faces around, but sometimes I forget. The last time I forgot, a Brown man came out in a football uniform — because that’s what that is, when a person who’s not White wears a jersey and tight white knee high pants with a helmet or Golf attire looking like a slightly nerdy White guy that is meant to say “golf nerd” or football professional and wears a helmet or custom sneakers of some kind and begins to play the sport. They’re usually terribly large and they don’t remind me of the lithe, athletic players of earlier years who used finesse instead of brute strength.
There are videos of these men bashing their way through the line or powering their way to the goal in basketball. It reminds me of all that is lost in these sports since the Brown man stole these sports and changed them to their suit their talents. It signaled the end of the sport as an intelligent art of strategy and mental exercise. The Brown man appropriated these Sports and the White man was left to ponder what might have been.
OK….I’ll stop there. It’s ridiculous, is it not? And quite bigoted. Imagine though, if a White man had written such a thing as a serious opinion. That man would be vilified. He’d be ushered off into oblivion. If he owned an NBA team, he’d be forced to sell. If he played the sport, he’d be drummed out.
Yet, this woman, Randa Jarrar, actually wrote a similar bigoted article and Salon not only approved of it but called it an important feminist work. Apparently, any culture except Western or “White” can appropriate any aspect of a culture that they deem worthwhile and it is appropriate. It is only the Western World who is accused of appropriation by confused, bigoted liberals who more than likely grew up in comfortable upper middle class homes. After all, the upper middle class liberal is the only human who has the time to waste on idiot ideals such as “cultural appropriation” and to complain about growing up so affluent as to be able to afford an education in one of the better cities and universities in America.
How difficult it must be to grow up in America and be so embattled that one can afford the time to sit about and think up nonsense such as “cultural appropriation” and lament the wretchedness of White women learning a dance that Arabs themselves appropriated, in part, from Persia, the Eastern Mediterranean (Greeks, Roma Gypsies and Turks) and from Hindustan (India) when the Muslim Arabs conquered the subcontinent. Belly dance did not originate with the Arabs alone that much is historically proven. It most certainly did not originate in the make believe land of Palestine which was only created out of thin air when the Arabs failed in their genocidal efforts to “drive the Jews into the sea” in 1967.
Cultures have melted, melded, blended and merged since the first “clash of cultures.” The Arabs were influenced by every cutlure/nation which they conquered. The Arabs in turn influenced those cultures. Likewise, the Arabs have been under 100 years of Western colonialism and conquest. They influenced us their colonizers even as they were influenced in return. This has been the way of the world for millenia. Anyone who studies history knows that the Greeks complained of the undue Persian influence upon Alexander. Kubhalai Khan was criticized for becoming too Chinese. The Arab world was greatly influenced by the Turks, the Kurds and the tribes of Central Asia who drove south in bloody conquest.
The one thing that is certain about Ms. Jarrar is that she does not understand the world, history or Liberty.
Bellydance Unveiled: A Brief History
The origin of bellydance is an actively debated subject among dance enthusiasts. Some of the most popular theories include the following:
1. It descended from a religious dance that was performed during fertility rituals by temple priestesses. As early as 1000 B.C., temple engravings depicting dancers have been found in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece.
2. It arose out of the dance that was associated with childbirth. It prepared girls for labor and was part of the delivery ritual.
3. It descended from ancient Egyptian social dances.
4. It originated in India over 5000 years ago, and had spread through out the Middle East with the migrations of the Gypsy tribes also called Roma in Europe, Ghawazee in Egypt, andNawar in India. The Gypsies eventually reached Europe where one of the most famous Gypsy dance styles was born – Flamenco. Many moves in modern Flamenco are still very similar to bellydance.
Perhaps the richness of Middle Eastern dance tradition and its universal appeal can be attributed to the blending of many various sources, cultures, and dance styles.
Technically, Cleopatra VII was a White Woman as she was 100% Greek. I wonder if Ms. Jarrar would have been offended to see the good Pharoah get her funky belly dance on.
The United States of America is known around the world as AMERICA.
There is a country called America and you, dear Citizen of the United States, live in it.
That you, dear reader, personally, choose to refer to it in your preferred PC choice of wording does not negate the fact that America is a known entity.
Semantics and pedantry.
The correct term for a Citizen of America would be and is U.S. Citizen. The country is known colloquially as AMERICA.
Yes, it has much to do with one’s political bent. Only politically correct Americans who tow the Liberal Party line want to say that AMERICA is the incorrect manner to which one should refer to this country.
The citizens of the United Soviet Socialist Republic did not refer to themselves as United Soviets. The People of the Democratic Republic of China do not refer to themselves as Democratic Republicans. The people of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan do not refer to themselves as Islamic Republicans. Each respectively referred to themselves as Russians, Chinese and Afghans.
Mexico is the Republic of Mexico. People from Mexico are called Mexican. Canada is the, as far as I can tell, simply called Canada. Folks from Canada are called Canadians. It’s not difficult to follow this. If Canadians and Mexicans wish to call themselves America because they hail from the Americas, good for them. I have no problem with this. It would confuse the hell out of everyone and they’d spend half of their time explaining that they are Mexicans from the Americas and, therefore, Mexicans who are Americans or Americans who are Mexicans. However, that would be their prerogative and I’d not be concerned about it.
I refer to myself as an American. When folks ask me from whence I hail, I answer; “America.” Unless I want to be difficult and then I’ll say; “Thailand.” Because I live in Thailand now.
Every time that I have tried the Liberal Politically Correct usage of “United States” as an answer, I have received a blank look upon which I always have to expound by saying; “America.” At the stating of the word “America” in answer to my national origin, I am always rewarded with some semblance of “Oh, OK. You’re American.”
To repeat, one can always tell a Liberal American traveling the world by how he/she refers to themselves. If an American uses the term “United States” in answer to “Where are you from?;” there is a 99% chance that that person voted for Clinton, Gore or Obama in the last few Presidential elections.
Having traveled all over the world, I can say this with certainty. Only a politically correct Liberal refuses to call themselves an American. Then there are the cowards who will tell folks that they are from Canada.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and James Madison all referred to themselves as Americans. I shall defer to their provenance in this matter over the latter day “shame interpretation” of our national identity by any Politically Correct Liberal “United Statesian.”