This is the 85th article on Writer Beat and my final one; I cannot believe that it has come down to it. It is also hard to believe that 3 years have passed by. When I had written my first Writer Beat in 2013, I was scared because I had started writing non-fiction at this site and expressing my personal opinion without shame. I had carried that shame a decade ago when I had responded to my local newspaper for expressing my opinion at the time for when Rush Limbaugh was hired as a Sportscaster for Monday Night Football when it had aired on ABC before it moved to ESPN.
I had felt that Mr. Limbaugh’s history of racism would make the NFL look back. I had written my response and people who supported Limbaugh had said that I was wrong and should be slapped. That scared me and stopped writing my opinion responding to a news story. Eventually, The NFL fired Limbaugh for his comments toward former NFL player Donovan McNabb that was racist. At that time, George W. Bush was in office and I stayed quiet. When Barack Obama became President, it had encouraged me to express my opinion without shame.
It felt good to express my opinion and not care what people think and being on Writer Beat has given me that opportunity for that. Being here has also made me realize that I must always do research and know what I am talking about because the writer in me is helping me to remain honest about my opinion on what is happening in the world today. I admit being passionate, but I am not ashamed of that. You have to love what you do, even it isn’t for money.
I want to write for my last article on Writer Beat is what I feel about our world today. First and foremost, all of us should give our prayers to the victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas that occurred on October 2, 2017 including those in Puerto Rico who are still dealing with the devastation from Hurricane Maria. It doesn’t matter where a person lives at on our planet, suffering has no monopoly on race, gender, religion, or political/personal beliefs, sexual preference, and our blood bleeds the same color which is red.
I am reminded of what I had learned 12 years ago; I was in a program that I had hated and the instructor who I didn’t like either had taught the class and myself a valuable lesson which I haven’t forgotten. He had said what is our connection to a child in Africa who is starving and suffering? That child can is either a boy or girl. My daughter was just born and I had just become a father. I said that that child is every one of us and that if we had a child, we definitely would take care of him or her without hesitation. That child is related to us or not because it is our personal, moral, and godly responsibility to help that child. I don’t remember everyone’s reaction to my answer; it has stuck with me all of these years.
As I conclude with my final article, I want to say is that I am thankful for the support and encouragement of Autumn Cote, the founder of this site who have constantly encouraged me to respond to other people’s articles when they respond to mine. Thank you to my supporters who have responded to my articles and pressed me to continue to keep telling the truth when it isn’t acceptable especially in this political and social climate in our nation, and to those who disagree with me who have given me a reason to hold on and maintain my point of view, thank you.
Right now in America; our nation is at a crossroads. We just had the Presidency of Barak H. Obama who was President for 8 years who challenged us to be open to new ideas because our nation is behind technology wise and socially. The current President is the opposite of what Obama represented. His actions and ideas are what causes a nation to stagnate. Him and his followers are concerned about maintaining past glories than moving forward. Our past was associated with keeping those back socially, economically, and politically due to their skin color, religion, ethnicity, gender, and sexual preference. We as a nation cannot afford to go back to the “good old days” because it has hurt our nation in the past and the repercussions still hurt.
Now other nations are ahead of America and we have become the laughing stock globally. Don’t like what I am saying? It’s the truth! Some of you are content with remaining focus on Sports and other activities and the status quo more than looking at what’s happening to our nation. 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. warned America about the society we have become in a Speech that stated why he was against the war in Vietnam. The parallels between 1967 and today aren’t a coincidence. Want to say that I am lying? Read Dr. King’s speech in its’ entirely. He had said this speech a year before his untimely death. The name of the speech is called Beyond Vietnam: A time to break silence.”
Next year will also be the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Olympics when Tommie Smith and Dr. John Carlos had raised their fists that have become both famous and historical. They responded to the lack of Black Assistant coaches, a lack of good public housing, black children not being allowed to go to college, and for Muhammad Ali who was stripped of his championship title because he refused to go to Vietnam. For those who are angry that Black athletes shouldn’t say anything while being athletic, there is always a time to say something!
Dr. Carlos had responded to Trump’s recent comments towards NFL Players, especially Colin Kaepernick. Dr. Carlos is in support of Mr. Kaepernick and here is what he had to say from a recent interview on CNN:
“I would like to see your discharge papers from the military. You waving the patriotic flag, show me when you was on the front lines. Show me when your dad was on the front lines. Show me when your kids was on the front line. I can show you mine. I'd like to see you go full circle and say, 'Hey, other than me waving the flag and talking about whether individuals are standing or sitting for the national anthem...Show me your true patriotism."
To my fellow Americans: we can either move forward or stagnate and die. That choice is ours and we can only blame ourselves for making the wrong choices. This is officially my last article; I have decided to move forward and be the person I am supposed to become. Writing here has helped with that. I will respond to other member’s articles before I leave here. No more articles for me. Before I conclude, here is a statement from Mr. Carlos on his official website for you to read for yourself and thank you.