To The Daily Sun,
As an Air Force veteran, I am saddened to see that our flag and national anthem are being desecrated and disgraced by a group of people that have thrived in the opportunities that our nation has given them. There are right ways and wrong ways to do this. I was honored to serve my country and was prepared to give my life for the freedom of those to express their feelings whether positive or negative. But not in this way.
The best example of the way to conduct a crusade for a just cause is Martin Luther King, Jr. It was his philosophy that is astounding and unique and has no parallel today. He is one of the real heroes of our age. To understand his philosophy one must read his famous “Letter from the Birmingham Jail.” Many of those seeking justice today should read this letter and in so doing will realize they are going about this task in the wrong way. Dr. King was a devout Christian, as is transparent in reading the complete letter, and the respect he shows to all mankind, even his oppressors, is amazing and clearly evident. Before any of you on the left attempt to take me to task on this, I will not even listen if you have not read Reverend King’s letter.
The problem being forwarded by the athletes involved today is not new; it has its roots from the beginning of the coming of Europeans to the Americas. I have written a treatise of 350-plus pages on our history and ample space is dedicated to social injustices. Our past president has spoken of this on several occasions and affirmed its long duration.
But we must be careful how we go about this protest and whom we follow. We run the risk of being led down a false and destructive path. The man who started the modus of this current protest is Colin Kaepernick. He feels he is among the oppressed and represents them, although he has a net worth of approximately $22 million. He has thrived in this environment. We cannot know what is in his head, but can get a clue by looking at the organizations he supports. One of these is very disturbing if it represents the direction Mr. Kaepernick hopes his protest will lead.
The organization is Assata’s Daughters, a Chicago “direct action” resistance organization honoring Assata Shakur, who escaped from prison and fled to Cuba after being found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. Assata, now 70, is more or less like Che Guevara, who is long since dead, but his revolutionary spirit lives on. Colin’s $25,000 grant supports a program that trains volunteers to “Develop and train young people, ages 4-19, in the Black feminist tradition and the spirit of Assata,” according to their website.
Assata had been a member of the Black Panthers and later the Black Liberation Army and her revolutionary activities went far beyond the murder of Trooper Foerster. It was the Black Liberation Army that, in a daring raid, freed Shakata from prison and hid her until she was able to flee to Cuba, where she took political asylum. As expected, the U.S. has not been successful in extraditing her. She was at one point on the FBI’s “Most wanted terrorists list.” Assata’s Daughter’s logo is a spiked circle surrounded by the organization’s name with a symbolic black fist in the center.
It is possible that Colin Kaepernick is thinking and leading along an entirely different line than that of Dr. Martin Luther King.
- Written by Mike Mortensen
- Category: Letters
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