Colin Kaepernick & Serena Williams
Kaepernick – For the last year or so, Colin Kaeprnick has been protesting in an effort to have the United States stop denying Civil Rights to African Americans. One of the things that he has done is to kneel on the sidelines while the Star Spangled Banner is being played.
This behavior has been troublesome to the NFL and to many of the fans. However, he has received support and encouragement from people all over the world. My own view is, that unless you are trying to solve problems, then you do not have the right to tell others how to behave, as long as they are not breaking any laws.
o, I applaud Mr. Kaepernick, and I hope that other fair-minded citizens will support him. Every movement in the Civil Rights struggle was criticized in their beginnings, and that includes the activities by Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, and Nelson Mandela.
The government of the United States is allowing some of its citizens to be murdered. The perpetrators of this kind of brutality are usually not punished, since they usually claim, “I was afraid that I was going to be killed.” This approach has become nearly an acceptable way of life. So, in my view, I think that most of us owe our support and thanks to Mr.Kaepernick.
Additionally, if you want to work to help to make this a better society for everyone, then please get started, because there are enough problems for everyone.
As for me, I am going to do what I can, and your support is invited.
Williams – I recently read an article that was supposedly written by Serena Williams. It suggested that, “Black women should demand equal pay”. I appreciate her concern, and I thank her for the advice. However, as well-intentioned as Miss Williams is, I don’t think that she has recently had to ﬁght to get equal pay for her services.
Many African American women are having difficulty ﬁnding any kind of employment. So, the ones who do, are usually reluctant to demand higher wages, since those efforts might cause them to lose the only jobs that they could ﬁnd. I am certain that Ms. Williams has been making many efforts to help young people get better educations, in order that they may be able to take advantage of the opportunities that are now available to them. All of us need to do that, whenever and wherever we can.
I read one of her recent observations about the employment issues in Silicon Valley. African Americans are underrepresented there, primarily because the public schools in most of their neighborhoods are substandard. Therefore, students in those neighborhoods usually don’t have the opportunity to learn enough to qualify for those jobs. However, they and their parents do not realize this, because they have never visited any high-performance schools.
In addition, some other cultures begin to teach their children at the ages of 3 or 4, and then have them attend schools six days a week. The result is that many of their youngsters become high achievers, and they are the ones who start and lead these high technology companies. Irrespective of ethnicity and race, the smart people are running the high technology companies. Those who would do so, have found out that it is impossible to discriminate against people who invented the products that are being manufactured by their companies.
Back to Sports – The Dodgers have had a sensational year and their won-loss record is 74-31, which is the best record in baseball. Therefore, I am confused about their enthusiasm regarding the acquisition of Yu Darvich. He has been a great pitcher, but it seems to me that he is not fully recovered from the arm surgery that he had. In his most recent outing against the Miami Marlins, he gave up 10 runs.
Kershaw is injured, so they can use some pitching help, and Darvich may be the answer.
However, at this point, he is not money in the bank. They paid a lot to get him, so everyone has their ﬁngers crossed. One more thing, Dave Roberts is now recognized as one of the best managers in baseball. He is not only winning, but he is making it look easy.[Email: Jorrogers@aol.com]