Posts Tagged ‘National Anthem’

Man, some of you NFL fans need to lighten up. Like really. All along we all know that the “blackballing” of Colin has reached it’s breaking point. Matter of fact it’s well passed that. By the time many read this, most of us will be looking at the games while many of you might be having a fit thinking of him getting a job. Who also didn’t vote up in 2016!

What is it about him looking for work when you have the average African-American Men and/or Women who are scrapping up work as in trying to find work EVERYDAY due to the hate of skin color or a dumb thing of credit reports? Explain that to me.

Last night, well this has nothing to do with this, but when the Packers started their Preseason, they didn’t started with Aaron Rodgers. Brett Hundley did. And he’s black.

So in that, there was his numbers or ratings being not up to par, an injury might have been a factor, and he had this theory of not getting resigned by the 49ers.

And oh, here comes the additional theories of not standing for the national anthem and assuming that the Stars and Stripes had or is oppressing black folks or POC’s. And many from the activists and even some of our Veterans stood in support of what he protested. You even had young Volleyball Black Players and Football Players of High School, kneeled. Plus a former pro Soccer player kneeled. And some of the WNBA players, kneeled. We all know. But was it worth it? But the person you copied of kneeling, didn’t even vote. That’s one of the reasons why the 45land leader is in office and it’s like a slap in the face! We know it is. And everything that 45 or ol’ Donnie is doing to reverse the policies and ideal decisions that President Obama did in his 8 years. That is a direct slap as well.

Folks are saying that Colin Kaepernick’s angle is in line with Rosa Parks, or Muhammad Ali. CALLOUT: I don’t think so. Colin Kaepernick will never be a Rosa Parks, or Muhammad Ali! We need to be clear! Never have, never will. What they did was real. Not all about me and disguising a theory about the flag in a wrong matter. But alas: Colin said that all his protest wasn’t about the flag, nor the military. It was really about addressing the injustice about the treatment that African-Americans get every single time. And the same treatment or treatments harbored us so many times and we know it. But many believe all that protesting is about him and not really much about others.

Now last year, I written a blog piece about the National Anthem in which I commented about Colin’s protest. Well here is a review:

Speaking of that: The Star Spangled Banner. The official theme song of America. For many many years, the anthem has been played, sung at events, played in solos and many others. And there were those got criticized of the Anthem being a disgrace to those serve in uniform. But I’ll say that the Anthem is good “on display”. But the author, Francis Scott Key that made the anthem in 1812, was also an owner of slaves! The third stanza in the Anthem, which no one hardly sings by the way, spells out as this:

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore

That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion

A home and a Country should leave us no more?

Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Well ladies and gents, let’s breakdown the meat of the third stanza. Now many are already saying that the stantza is racist. The words in the stanza: “No refuge could save the hireling and slave” some say that is so racist that it needs to be erased. But what did Francis Scott Key meant by this? Since he was a slave owner by the way.

  • The word Refuge means in dictionary terms as we know is related to Refugee, as being forced to cross national boundaries and cannot return home safely.
  • Hireling means: A person who works only for pay, especially in a menial or boring job, with little or no concern for the value of work. In a adjective sense: it also means serving for pay only, vernal, and mercenary. See that?

But when you put it all together in that ONE LINE: The Refugees of the slaves, our ancestors were forced in bondage, couldn’t return to Africa that had to be worked for menial jobs, with no concern for the work values of the jobs that was slave related. Henceforth: “No refuge could save the hireling and slave.”

Now that was last year, but this morning as I was listening to the radio , there was different definition about the use of words. “Hireling” in this sense was a reference to the British Soldiers and the “Slaves” was a reference to the American soldiers. There was a “stipulation” that if the slaves served under the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, they would granted their freedom. Same as the side of the British. If the Black Slaves served under the British Crown, they would be granted their freedom. And also we know that Francis Scott Key was the composer of the Anthem, but according the radio broadcast, he was mad by getting beat by the black troops during the time period. To be clear, it was about another version of Black Power! You might listen to WNOV on the Tune-In App for that.

Now that might sound kind of strange but the thing is this version might be kind of stronger than the first definition we heard last year. Why haven’t we really heard the third stanza of the Anthem before in school?

EASY ANSWER: It was never taught to us! Just like in all the extensive history we are just now exploring about the nation and yes Black History. All that extensive history that we didn’t know about that we just found out on Social Media, IT WAS NEVER TAUGHT TO US! NOT ONE EXTENSIVE SUBJECT!

We can blame all the same old “they didn’t teach us this stuff in school in all” but you know whom I really blame in all of this? Read my lips: Blame the curriculum! The same curriculum that circulates all the lessons plans that many of the teachers will be getting for your kids in the fall.

*Sidenote: Milwaukee Public Schools will start school on August 14th and September 5th, and most schools will have Uniforms.

But seriously folks, NFL Fans: I hate to say this in all, but Colin Kaepernick is not going to save you. I hate to be a hater for the “Colin Worshipers” who was all flashy against the Packers, went to the Super Bowl against the Ravens and LOST in the blackout game in the Superdome. And a season later his numbers weren’t all to par, he was injured at one point prior, and he was 2-1 against the Packers in a game that the 49ers lost 17-3. I told you Niner Gang. All that flashy stuff came and went! He’s a heck of a ball player, and since the plays of the Pistol he started, guess what? Everyone is going to use it and rename it the Lombardi Cannon or whatever. And of course his chances of getting a job dwindled, plus having a fear of getting cut by the team, and what does he do in between: kneel before the flag during the national anthem. And again, he didn’t vote! And many of the fans whom are now just WOKE, we have a guy name of Ol Donnie in the White House. Let that sink in.

Instead of worrying about Colin and his job, again what about those who are still looking like crazy everyday? And other issues of healthcare, the economy, drinking water concerns, not enough support for the church, or many of the concerns that are more IMPORTANT about everyday values! Again, he is NOT here to save you!

When I was 20 years old, and living in Milwaukee, and in college, the Green Bay Packers won SuperBowl XXXI by defeating the New England Patriots (before Tom Brady) in the Superdome. A  year later,  losing to Denver and John Elway in SuperBowl XXXII. This was 1997-1998 within those years. And yes, the Packers had kept Brett Favre during that time in hoping to get to another Super Bowl. Even if it took of getting to NFC North Titles, and a NFC Championship.  With Favre, the Packers won some NFC North Straps, but not a NFC Championship which was thrown to the New York Giants. After that, there were some changes in the guard with trading away Brett Favre and making room for Aaron Rodgers. This was a three year restructuring plan. Even I didn’t partially agree with Ted Thompson’s decision making skills.  After all of that, now I know why it is: all about getting back winning the Super Bowl, in another fashion. When the Packers went into the first round of the playoffs against the Arizona Cardinals, (yes Brett Favre was with the Vikings, and he torched the Pack twice in the regular season – which was a nightmare/I Told You So fashion. The Packers got the message of course) which was a high scoring game. Even though they lost in that 51-45 game, but there were some sources, (ala Jermichael Finley) indicated that the Packers were to be contenders in the next Super Bowl – against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (thank you Peter King) And just to add, I had to learn about the Lombardi traditions as well. Not just because it’s a Wisconsin thing living in Milwaukee.

The 2010/2011 Green Bay Packers Season will be remembered as a team going into Philadelphia and beating Michael Vick twice. That was history, because for the first time in nearly 48 years after Lombardi, and in the playoffs of the first round getting over the 4th and 26 problem.

They will also be remembered of getting even with Brett Favre and stepping up to the Minnesota Vikings, twice.

They also shut out the New York Jets in a 9 point game.

Against teams like Dallas, Buffalo, and the New York Giants: Flawless.

Against San Francisco – doing it the OLD SCHOOL way by winning with confidence, with the 1929 ACME Packers Old School Uniforms. – And for the record so some didn’t like the uniforms. Big Deal. I’ve seen other old teams uniforms that didn’t look cool. They were worst. But respect the tradition!

Against the Old School Rival Chicago Bears: 2 out of three – with a historic NFC Championship Game between the two.

Getting even with Atlanta big time, after a three point loss in the season.

And the losses to Detroit, Miami, Washington, Chicago, New England, and Atlanta (as indicated) really have opened up the Packers concerns and asking them to wake up for the next game.

But the last couple of weeks, after Aaron Rodgers’ second concussion, it was like “Revival in Church”. From the New York Giants,and  the Second Bears game, it was time that the Packers needed to stand up for the Playoffs. It was gut check time. And going on the road against Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago proved the fact that the Pack was for real. No Joke. They were making a statement, despite of those on the Injured Reserve list. When Superbowl 45 came, as we knew, they were facing a team that had the experience and know about what to expect before, during and after the big game. However, for the Packers, only a few can relate. Such as Charles Woodson, John Kuhn and Ryan Pickett. The game as everyone saw, had the Packers predicting to win by 2 1/2 points. I picked them to win by 7 points, but the game ended with the Packers winning by 6 points. And they led the game, without falling behind. Very impressed. (From an observers standpoint)

I am very amazed, by those who like to go on Facebook, and those who like the page of Roland Martin (nothing against him), can’t get past thought of teams winning championships BEFORE the birth of the Superbowl. Notice to those who don’t know, you better know about the history of championships of the NFL before making false judgments or stuff that you’ll regret to type in public. I know about the Green Bay Packers winning 13 Championships and most of those championships were earned before there ever was a SuperBowl.  They are like the “Boston Celtics of the NFL”.  in comparison of winning more titles than the Pittsburgh Steelers. Again, nothing against Pittsburgh winning 6 Lombardis.

And on a side note, I want to address the “Steeler Nation”: You have good football team. And I hate to say, that “7” doesn’t always doesn’t get you into heaven. But the best way to overcome the loss, and we Packer folks know this, you just have to learn to revive your team, and just focus on the next season. This sport of football that we watch every season, is NOT life. It’s just a game. The SuperBowl, NFC/AFC Championships, etc.  – all games. Not life.

In regards to the National Anthem: I’ll agree on one point that Christina Agulera should have done better with the lyrics to the National Anthem. But where do the nerve of some “so-called Americans” thinking that this was a disgrace to all those who are serving America? Yes, I’m getting in this! I think that it wasn’t a disgrace, as others would call it. She just made a mistake! I dare to say this: If those criticize others about knowing the words to America’s Theme Song, why don’t they get up and show us how it’s done? Yeah, I’m talking those who are hiding behind the Tea Party flags. Those who criticize Black History Month(I got something for that group in my next blog again). And those well, are just way over their heads. This is why America at times, is messed up. We always have to be “this perfect country” in all. But, guess what? Nobody’s Perfect!  The same thing happened with Roseanne, Carl Lewis, a international star Anastacia (ask any Milwaukee Brewers Fan), Kat Deluna, Michael Bolton, and even Lucy Lawless (aka Xena: Warrior Princes) all messed up the National Anthem. Now when I heard the announcer said “To Honor America” he didn’t say our troops. Let’s get that straight, right now! That’s right I said it! Now what?

But getting back to the Green Bay Packers, the Lombardi is back, and Green and Yellow can finally be a reality. Packers Rule 31-25!