Coach Mike Ditka Draws Up The Wrong Play On Racial Equality
The more things change the more they stay the same!
Right when the world of sports have been standing in solidarity with Black Lives Matter in the NBA, WNBA, MLB, and even the NFL it doesn't surprise me that the new chairman and owner of the women's X League and Chicago's most beloved coach of the 1985 Bears would feel that way.
If it was up to me, no. That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old-fashioned. I’m only going to say what I feel. I think there’s a way you protest and I think there’s a way you don’t protest. You don’t protest against the flag, and you don’t protest against this country, whose given you the opportunity to make a living playing a sport that you never thought would happen. I don’t want to hear all the crap. You want to try it, try it. You don’t, it’s okay.
Iron Mike said it himself "I'm old fashioned" meaning everyone should respect the flag and honor the flag. However, most African American's wonder why should I honor a flag that doesn't honor me in return?
With the constant fight of police brutality, and racial inequality in 2020 it's clear that maybe just maybe this flag don't pledge it's allegiance to me which is why we kneel.
I have had numerous conversations with individuals telling me to "Get over slavery", and trust me I would love to get over slavery if African American's had a fair opportunity for advancement.
Yet, I find it quite hypocritical that they would tell me to get over 400 years of oppression, but in the same breath say "Never forget 9/11."
I love my country to the fullest and proud to be a U.S. citizen, but I also have the right to speak my mind and talk about the injustices that we face on the daily especially when it comes to African Americans.
James Baldwin said it best,
I love America more than any other country in the world, and exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
So Coach Ditka, with all due respect as long as there is breath in my body I will continue to speak out on the injustices of this great country of ours until that flag honors me just like it to represent the men and women who fought for this country including my grandfather in the Korean war and my father in Vietnam.
Don't worry, I will still represent my Chicago Bears, but Coach Ditka you can have several seats.