By Ms. Arelya J. Mitchell, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
The Mid-South Tribune
Have you seen one elite African American NBA or NFL player come out to denounce the killing of black babies and children in Chicago or other hot spots? Have you seen even one of them lead a march against black-on-black crime? We point out these two sports organizations because African American athletes are at the core of these organizations’ wealth. This black core inside both these organizations has employed bullying to get what they want in their support of Black Lives Matter (BLM). Any other player who goes against this elite black core of players will suffer their wrath. Just ask white quarterback Drew Brees who took his pill of ‘apologetism’ and backed down. One wonders how he will explain what could have been his white Rosa Parks moment to his sons. We can suspect that there are black players who agree with Brees or who just want to play football and forget the politics. We can imagine there were some black players in the NBA and NFL who wanted to go to the White House when invited, because it was a once-in-a-lifetime event they could tell to their grandchildren. (Even when I was invited to the White House in the last century, it was an honor I shall always remember even if I did not vote for the President who invited me.). Yet, this elite core of black superstars called this shot in their lives.
We, too, thought Black Lives Matter would be a positive in the black community. We supported their cause to do something about police brutality but with the understanding that most of our police officers are good, decent people, and that it would be incumbent upon them to help rid the community of the bad apples. We thought BLM would act as a liaison between police and the black community. But instead, this became a De-fund the Police Movement. As a veteran journalist, I have had many seniors come up to me and whisper how they wanted more police in the community. Whisper, because they were afraid—not of the police, but the black thugs and the black backlash. We thought this was a prime opportunity for a young group of blacks to take the role of leadership to protect the elder, the young, and the decent black citizens working to have something good, produce something good. These were the forgotten black people. They are still forgotten.
Instead, BLM has yet to step foot inside of a black community to call out the barbarism of Chicago and the killing of black babies and children. The infamous Colin Kaepernick has yet to denounce black-on-black crime and the slaughter of black children. We have yet to hear him denounce the killing of a one-year-old black baby or any denouncement from any of these elite black athletes who reside in the sanctity of black privilege and wealth. We have yet to hear even Rev. Al Sharpton or Rev. Jesse Jackson denounce the latest killings of black babies and children and the maiming of black seniors. Why? The answer is simple enough: It does not fit their agenda to keep their status of leadership in a community which is throwing them overboard to cater to BLM and this black core of multi-millionaire athletes who bask in capitalism. They have in fact as has LeBron James kowtowed to China to keep their multi-millions intact. Besides, do you really think LeBron James or members of the black multi-millionaires in the NFL and NBA would be making the fortunes they are in any African nation if they’d been born there since they are so into ‘black this and black that’ without any regard to character? When an ethnic group does little to protect its young, it becomes worthless and loses all respect.
Black Lives Matter was going by the wayside until George Floyd’s horrific death. We were all mortified and condemned his death—his murder. Regardless of race, color, or creed, we as Americans and human beings renounced what these ‘bad’ cops did and how they gave our good decent police officers a bad name. Yet, it became immediately clear that George Floyd’s death became an undercover operation for Antifa to conjoin with BLM to destroy and burn down black-owned businesses and other businesses such as AutoZone and Target; to loot at will; to video a killing of a retired black policeman who was guarding his friend’s business to play online; to desecrate statues of Frederick Douglass, Abe Lincoln, and monuments that slaves themselves paid to have erected. Antifa, which is mostly comprised of paid young angry white agitators, had no problem in utilizing BLM and BLM had no problem being utilized. BLM and Antifa to this date have continued to destroy anybody and any community they deem fit to destroy so they can plow the field for the United States to become a bona fide Marxist/socialist government. They have seized Portland and Seattle for weeks, and the pathetic thing is that these cities are mainly run by black Democrats who have yet to denounce black-on-black crime and the killing of black babies. This is black privilege: You are allowed to say nothing negative about another black person or organization.
This America has produced more black millionaires than any nation in the world. This America in spite of flaws has produced black multi-millionaire athletes inside the NFL and NBA. Any talented black boy or young man has the opportunity to kick or bounce a ball and go straight to the bank with million-dollar checks. Yet, if he gets to the NBA or NFL, he hasn’t the Freedom of Speech. This select core of privileged black athletes has handed down the Commandments that If Thou Art Black, Thou Must not have an Opinion contrary to BLM. Thou must Renounce any President who is not a Democrat. In fact, these elite black athletes adhere to what the Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden has stated that “If you ain’t Democrat, you ain’t black!” Yet, this elite group of black privileged athletes would not re-distribute their own wealth. We don’t see Kaepernick or LeBron James redistributing their wealth as BLM’s Marxist philosophy advocates. In fact, LeBron James seemingly is more concerned about hurting China’s feelings than denouncing the killing of black children or black-on-black crime. One can almost deduce that if the Chairman of the People’s Republic of China invited him to an event, LeBron James and these other elite black athletes would flock there, not giving a damn about China’s history of slaughtering and enslaving its own people.
No matter how much this elite core of black athletes bitch, they would not have been who they are had not what happened in the past (slavery) brought them to where they are, the United States of America. You are born who you are because of the past. No one has a choice where and to whom they are born. It is what makes ‘you’ you and after that, you have the right to ‘Pursue Happiness’. Many want to come to America because of this principle. Even Jackie Robinson made it in spite of the flaws. Jim Brown made it in spite of the flaws. Yes, this nation is flawed because it is not heaven. No nation is.
Unfortunately, the black community (collectively speaking, because there are individuals who can think on their own) remains a community which reacts. Black Lives Matter and this core of elite black athletes fall into that category. They are symptomatic of 21st Century weak black leadership. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, African American leaders and citizens sat in churches, thought out and organized to rid the nation of the legality of ‘systemic racism’. Let us repeat this. The ‘legality of systemic racism’ was eradicated with the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Making Jim Crow illegal was the goal. It was achieved. It was achieved with black, white, Jewish, and others marching against it; with black, white, Jewish and other lawyers filing lawsuits against it and winning. For the record: Had not Republicans voted to pass the Civil Rights Bill during the Johnson administration, there would have been no bill because the Democrat Party in the South was pro-segregation just as it was pro-slavery in the 19th Century. Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer fought the Democrat Party to get her rights inside this party to even be a delegate; thus, the Mississippi Freedom Democrat Party was founded.
The following is an alleged quote from white multi-billionaire George Soros whom many accuse of financing Black Lives Matter and Antifa, but whether Soros said this or not is irrelevant because the quote is true regardless of where it actually originated:
“I’m going to bring down the United States by funding black hate groups. We’ll put them in a mental trap and make them blame white people. The black community is the easiest to manipulate.”
It was alleged that George Soros made this quote in Germany’s BILD newspaper in 2014. Not only I as a veteran journalist but as a political scientist and hopefully with common sense most of time (We are all flawed and can screw up), know that this is one of the tactics used to advance Marxism in the black community. Marxism is socialism and communism. Black Lives Matter has called itself Marxists (See their website); therefore, in all of our editorials and opinion pieces, we are now referring to it as Black Lives Matter-Marxists or BLMM. ANTIFA (the Left’s KKK) is part of this Marxist movement via the black community; via manipulating the black community. You have to be a fool not to realize that these riots and looting are perpetuated by and organized by paid agitators. You can only get away with what rhymes with ‘hit’ in the black community, because this community is so obsessed with the excuse of slavery and ‘systemic racism’ that it no longer thinks – just reacts. It is rabid in calling anyone who doesn’t agree with it ‘racist’. The word ‘racist’ is now up there with the little boy who cried ‘wolf’. We are now hearing blacks who are sick and tired of hearing the words ‘racists’ and ‘racism’. Of course, these are the black individuals who will never be heard because they are preempted by BLMM, Antifa, and a core of elite black athletes mainly in the NFL and NBA and who now control the NFL and NBA merely because they are black. Their black privilege has replaced white privilege (they both cancel out each other without producing anything of worth).
Now let’s get dirty and to the point: It is disturbing that now Madison Avenue advertisers and corporations have joined in to advance Marxism in the African American community while they bask in capitalism. This conclave of advertisers and corporations now praises BLMM and has caved into this hysteria to appease the black community without asking what real black people want. Real black people want law and order, school safety, home ownership, business and entrepreneurship, good schools, good jobs—you know, what any decent American regardless of race, color, or creed would want. They want the best for their families; however, BLMM states that the nuclear family is white supremacist and must be done away with. This is right out of the playbook of communism. Destroy the family. No matter how much BLMM claims to protest over George Floyd, it is anti-male and anti-father. BLMM follows the credo of Karl Marx who stated that religion is the opium of the people. So, it is no accident that even churches and Christianity (staples in the black community) are prime targets of BLMM and Antifa.
It is naïve to think that the powers-that-be in the NFL and NBA and the conclave of advertisers and corporations really believe this BLMM-Antifa tenets. They know damn well that the black community cannot sustain their businesses as consumers. BECAUSE, the black community is po (can’t even afford the ‘or). These advertisers and corporations move on FEAR which is catalytic in their irrationality in funding a Marxist movement in the black community. It is their public relations move not to look racist. They have been sufficiently bullied; furthermore, they know they can capitalize on the fact that the black community reacts; it is emotional.
Notice that BLMM and Antifa or any other Soros-backed group did not go into the Hispanic community (Look at how the Hispanics rose up to save Goya Foods with a ‘buy-cot’ to stamp out Antifa and BLMM’s boycott of this Hispanic company which employs over 4,000 of their own and others); they did not go into a Japanese or Chinese-American community; they did not go into a Jewish community; they did not go into a Native American community; or even to be totally absurd—into a Martian community. Why? Because the black community is easy. It reacts. All you have to do is yell ‘racism’ and that’ll do it. This is a hard thing to say; yet, it is the cold-blooded truth. Advertisers and corporations have poured millions via Black Lives Matter-Marxists to keep the ‘natives from being restless’ and to keep their own capitalism intact which means in the long run, they do not give a damn about this nation or the value system of vision and hard work which made it possible for “Wealth of a Nation”. Yet, they pay millions to bring this “sh—t” into the black community.
This 21st Century black community is economically and intellectually stagnated in the same manner you find in Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” Everyone all of the world knows in the long run that protest in the black community goes nowhere except into oblivion only to raise its ugly head to march or riot. How long do you march? How long do you riot? How long do you blame slavery? Slavery is NOT unique and exclusive to blacks. Every race at one time or another in world history has endured slavery. You do not get a get-out-of-the-human race card by having slave ancestors. The world owes you nothing.
Blacks should remember the history of slavery, but must not live every day in that history which stagnates today and annihilates tomorrow. This black generation has already negated the gains. Previous black generations did not see themselves as victims but rather as Overcomers who demanded the American Dream. They were taught to be two or three times better in their skills and education. That value of education served as an economic framework to participate in capitalism. I’ve often said that socialism is a lazy man’s capitalism. BLMM proves my point. It takes little brain cells to destroy and a lot more to build. We need to OVERCOME.
Let’s wrap this up. We do not condone Marxism in the black community. These black athletes have butterfly lives. In fact, with all their foolishness of thinking they have won something, they need to sit their black asses down and think. You don’t let some group of paid agitators come in and “F” over your community or even for that matter, you don’t let advertisers and corporations in their fear place a Marxist group in a leadership capacity in the black community. We doubt that millennials know the true history of Marxism, of Stalin, of Mao Zedong or even such black leaders as Idi Amin or the ones who slaughtered Rwandans, or those who destroyed their citizens in the name of Marxism/socialism/communism. Extreme groups on either Left or Right are implosive and will take down everybody. (Watch South Africa as it disintegrates with its new government of socialism).
At the end of the day, those NFL, NBA, advertisers and corporations powers-that-be with common sense may be silent now and/or pretending to be silent but they will come to their senses and begin to replace these elite black athletes who have done little but bitch and jumped on a BLMM Antifa bandwagon that no sensible American regardless of race, color, or creed would jump on. Common sense will not let these black pseudo progressives destroy the most prosperous nation which still remains a world beacon for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream.
Let it be understood that we will fight BLMM and Antifa by any means necessary. Yes, we will ‘Lift Our Voice and Sing’ while also singing the National Anthem. We don’t give a damn how many millions advertisers and corporations fund BLMM with or in spite of any blackball of ourselves because of our editorial stand. (We’ve gone through it before). We are Americans. Don’t tread on US.
To those black Americans who get it, get on the Ark. To those black Americans who don’t. Let the Flood come.
It is time for advertisers and corporations to get the hell out of advancing Marxism/socialism in the black community. It is time for sports to get out of politics. It is time for sports to put fans first. It is time to be pro-America.