Don’t Blame Me!

I have been around too many good folk who have been hurt on the job, in organizations, in the church and etc. It happens because the issue never get address and we say pray about it and have faith.

Let’s get this straight. I am not a preacher, I am not a minister and I am not holier than thou. I am just a sinner saved by grace and I sin every day but I ask the Good Master to forgive me. I ask him to send folk to me that feel I have wronged them, offended them or whatever so I can attempt to get it right. I can’t get it right if I am not confronted.

We sit back and allow folk to be mistreated, attempted to be discredited and just simply hurt and we know they don’t deserve it but we say nothing. So if you witness this and say nothing, then you are no better than those who hurt folk. I refuse to allow folk to such and if I witness it any kind of way be it in person, or in writing, I am going to address it because I will not be held accountable when I am suppose to be my brother and sister’s keeper.

The older I get I can’t take a lot of mess.

I have asked and will ask again, if you have a problem with what I say and do then delete me because although I ain’t perfect, I will address folk and ask them to hold me accountable when they see me doing something that they feel need to be addressing. Come to me, send it to me but whatever address me.

When we hold each other accountable for our actions then the better off we will be. We sometimes error and not intentionally simply because we are not perfect. But I will say that in my comings and goings I try to address folk nicely but when they attempt to try to discredit me or make it all about me when it is not, then you may not like my response.

Don’t put me in a box! I am the box!

I ain’t there yet!

Don’t Blame Me!

Johnnie Cunningham Strikes Again Hear What He Has To Say About The Guys Participating In The Kaepernick Protest

The Watch Dog response: This guy right here is just damn ignant! Hear what he has to say about what he want them to do so he can take them serious. Really?

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Sponsors Are Dropping NFL Players for Protesting. This Is What We Mean When We Say ‘White Supremacy’

The Watch Dog response: And folk don’t get it that we are not truly free. Kaepernick Protest is validating where black folk stand in these USofA.  I am so glad that I ain’t ignant to what is going on around me. It just bothers me that some of my black folk are so damn religious that they don’t speak out on anything but ignant mess on Social Media while folk like Kaepernick and others are fighting for equality for all. But these folk that ain’t saying a damn thing benefit on backs of those who sacrifice for them. I bet Kaepernick want to just say the hell with this but I bet again that he says, it ain’t about me and them, but it is about him the creator. Thank you Kaepernick and others who are sacrificing for the future.

A Denver car dealership announced that it will “evaluate” Denver Broncos star Von Miller to decide whether it wants to continue its endorsement deal with the All-Pro linebacker. Last year, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall lost two endorsement deals when he decided to join Colin Kaepernick in protesting during the national anthem.

CenturyLink terminated its agreement with Marshall in a statement that said in part:

While we acknowledge Brandon’s right, we also believe that whatever issues we face, we also occasionally must stand together to show our allegiance to our common bond as a nation. In our view, the national anthem is one of those moments. For this reason, while we wish Brandon the best this season, we are politely terminating our agreement with him.

These corporations completely ignored the statement these players were trying to make and instead bent to the sentiment largely held by white people that the protests are unpatriotic.

That last sentence is not conjecture. An October 2016 Quinnipiac poll, the only extensive national poll on the subject, found that 74 percent of African Americans agreed with “not standing during the national anthem in order to protest police violence in the black community,” while 63 percent of white respondents disagreed. (The Root)

Edgecombe County One Stop Voting 2017

One-Stop Voting is available for the Oct. 10th election in Rocky Mount. You may now vote at the Board of Elections Office through October 7th. The office is located in the County Administration Building, 201 St. Andrew St, Tarboro – Room 434. Hours are 8 am – 5 pm weekdays, and 9 am – 1 PM on Sat. Oct. 7th. This is for Rocky Mount voters only.

Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People supports ‘bravery’ of protesters – The Herald Sun

The Watch Dog response: Thank you DCOABP for supporting the bravery of the protesters. I too support their bravery.

The leader of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People said he supports the bravery of protesters who pulled down the Confederate statue in front of the old Durham County Courthouse last month.

Omar Beasley, chair of the Durham Committee, issued a statement that calls for trusting Durham African-American leaders such as District Attorney Roger Echols in the process for dealing with the remains of the statue. Beasley said he walks past the downed statue all the time.

“I used to wonder why on Earth do we have this monument here in the middle of downtown. To me it celebrated terrorists. People who rose up against the country,” he said. Beasley pointed out the statue was put up in 1924, “in the middle of Jim Crow. They put that there as a symbolism to the [African-American] community that we own you, we enslaved you, and this will be here as a symbol for the rest of your lives.” (The Herald Sun)

Actual Enlistment Oath For People Going Into The Armed Forces, Nowhere, Absolutely Nowhere Does It Say We Must

S Denice Newton shared this on facebook

So, this is the actual enlistment oath for people going into the Armed Forces. Nowhere, absolutely NOWHERE does it say we must pledge allegiance to the flag or the anthem. Although they are national symbols of American pride, they don’t determine a person’s level of patriotism. I took this oath in 1984 in Hialeah, Florida before shipping out to boot camp at Ft. Dix, New Jersey….

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

I refuse to let them tell their twisted version.

#nottheirversionofhistory
#thetruthwillsetyoufree

Kneeling To The Flag? A Must Read! Folk Don’t Want To Learn About The Trues!

Maurice E. Smith shared this on Facebook

There has been a great deal of debate in regards to the flag… have a read, if you will, with an open mind! I did NOT pen this, but I found it to be a great read, nonetheless…

KNEELING TO THE FLAG
Did you know this?

Aug 14, 2016- Colin Kaepernick sits for the national anthem…and no one noticed.

Aug 20th, 2016- Colin again sits, and again, no one noticed.

Aug 26th, 2016- Colin sits and this time he is met with a level of vitriol unseen against an athlete. Even the future President of the United States took shots at him while on the campaign trail.

Colin went on to explain his protest had NOTHING to with the military, but he felt it hard to stand for a flag that didn’t treat people of color fairly.

On Aug 30th, 2016 Nate Boyer, a former Army Green Beret turned NFL long snapper, penned an open letter to Colin in the Army Times. In it he expressed how Colin’s sitting affected him.

Then, a strange thing happened. Colin was able to do what most Americans to date have not…

He listened.

In his letter, Mr. Boyer writes:
“I’m not judging you for standing up for what you believe in. It’s your inalienable right. What you are doing takes a lot of courage, and I’d be lying if I said I knew what it was like to walk around in your shoes. I’ve never had to deal with prejudice because of the color of my skin, and for me to say I can relate to what you’ve gone through is as ignorant as someone who’s never been in a combat zone telling me they understand what it’s like to go to war. Even though my initial reaction to your protest was one of anger, I’m trying to listen to what you’re saying and why you’re doing it.”

Mr. Boyer goes on to write “There are already plenty people fighting fire with fire, and it’s just not helping anyone or anything. So I’m just going to keep listening, with an open mind. I look forward to the day you’re inspired to once again stand during our national anthem. I’ll be standing right there next to you.”

Empathy and understanding was shown by Mr. Boyer… and Mr. Kaepernick reciprocated.

Colin invited Nate to San Diego where the two had a 90 minute discussion, and Nate proposed Colin kneel instead of sit.

But why kneel? In a military funeral, after the flag is taken off the casket of the fallen military member, it is smartly folded 13 times and then presented to the parents, spouse or child of the fallen member by a fellow service member while KNEELING.

The two decided that kneeling for the flag would symbolize his reverence for those that paid the ultimate sacrifice while still allowing Colin to peacefully protest the injustices he saw.

Empathy, not zealotry under the guise of patriotism, is the only way meaningful discussion can be had. Mr. Kaepernick listened to all of you that say he disrespects the military and extended an olive branch to find a peace.

When will America listen to him?

Thanks, Mudge Rudiger. We can all learn from this backstory. The truth often lies in the middle. Seek to learn the opposing side’s point.

HANSEN UNPLUGGED: ANTHEM PROTESTS NOT ABOUT DISRESPECTING THE FLAG – Hansen Unplugged

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick takes a knee during the national anthem in San Francisco last year. We noticed, but very few players joined him.

He can’t get a job in the NFL now, and very few have said much about that, either.

But the president says he wants that peaceful protest to stop… He says those players should be fired if they take a knee during the anthem, and calls those players a name I never thought I’d live long enough to hear a president say.

Now, everybody cares.

Donald Trump has said he supports a peaceful protest because it’s an American’s right… But not this protest, and there’s the problem: The opinion that any protest you don’t agree with is a protest that should be stopped.

Martin Luther King should have marched across a different bridge. Young, black Americans should have gone to a different college and found a different lunch counter. And college kids in the 60’s had no right to protest an immoral war.

I served in the military during the Vietnam War… and my foot hurt, too. But I served anyway.

My best friend in high school was killed in Vietnam. Carroll Meir will be 18 years old forever. And he did not die so that you can decide who is a patriot and who loves America more.

The young, black athletes are not disrespecting America or the military by taking a knee during the anthem. They are respecting the best thing about America. It’s a dog whistle to the racists among us to say otherwise. (Hansen Unplugged)

What It Really Means When Black People Who Protest Are Called ‘Ungrateful’ – Huffington Post

In a series of tweets posted Sunday, Donald Trump, The President of the United States of America, condemned the protests of black athletes like Colin Kaepernick during the National Anthem. He suggested that NFL players and other professional athletes (American citizens) should be fired or suspended for peacefully protesting racism and police brutality. One might say this is outrageous, but then, given everything that has transpired over the last several months, it is hardly surprising.

In mid August, the President implied that some of the Nazis who marched in the name of white supremacy in Charlottesville were “very fine people.” One month later, he declared that black athletes who protest white supremacy are sons of bitches. There is an obvious disconnect in the way many people in this country who have commended President Trump’s tweets view the freedoms that come with the 1st Amendment: Nazis and white supremacists deserve freedom of speech, but black athletes who peacefully protest deserve derision, ridicule, and the loss of their livelihoods. (Huffington Post)