So, the furor continues because of Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the Star Spangled Banner. How dare that Nigger have the audacity to be ungrateful to white folks for their great gift to the Black Person in America. By George, we should be grateful for being kidnapped by the hundreds of thousands if not millions. We should be grateful for having our names and religions stripped from us. We should be grateful that almost three-quarters of a century after the death of Emmet Till that we still have our children slaughtered by white folks, and their murderers suffer no consequence. We should be grateful for being denied education for centuries and the ensuing legacy that still exists today from that institutional policy. Questioning Kaepernick’s “patriotism” was dog-whistle for calling him an uppity nigger. I am reminded of Lyndon Johnson’s calling Martin Luther King an “uppity nigger”.
I guess I qualify as an “uppity nigger”. And an ungrateful, smartassed one at that.
In 1963 Lyndon Baines Johnson said: "These Negroes, they're getting pretty uppity these days and that's a problem for us since they've got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we've got to do something about this, we've got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference... I'll have them niggers voting Democratic for the next two hundred years".
Take a moment or two to let that sink in to the rock-hard, granite orb you mistake for a brain.
In any event, being the word-nerd that I tend to be, and always fascinated by the incredible and pervasive linguistic ignorance that permeates American society, I thought a closer examination of the word “Patriot” might be in order.
Oxford Dictionary defines the noun “Patriot” as follows: noun
“A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors”. The two syllable word appears to be a conjunction of “pater” (meaning Father: i.e., “patriarch”, “paternity”, “patrician”, etc.) and…
Oh the irony.
Webster’s Dictionary defines the term (noun) riot as follows: noun
“A noisy, violent public disorder caused by a group or crowd of persons, as by a crowd protesting against another group, a government policy, etc., in the streets.”
Ergo, the next time you white folks discuss Pat-Riot-ism, and then turn around and decry those Black “Patriots” in Ferguson, Baltimore, Milwaukee and the next city they are bound to happen once again be in, I suggest you get a clue about the terms you utilize.
The “beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms” (Socrates)
After all, it seems that you white “Patriots” are the “fathers” of rioting; the evidence sure seems to point in that direction.