To command me, as a Black American citizen, to do what I do not advocate, prevails as desire of a faction that hails collectivism, if I allow. If the inclination of a person or genus is not what I opt for to participate in, it is un-American to impose it upon me.

The United States National Anthem does not reach out to every citizen. When it was instituted, it was not betokened to include Black Americans. Why should anyone salute an anthem that does not recognize? The consummated veracity is that Black slaves were kidnapped into slavery, which was as preposterous as being destroyed by heavy British bombardment in 1814. The disrespect continues.

Taking a knee on the court of sport activities against police brutality isn’t the solitary protest or objection. The recognition that Black lives matter screams volumes that we no longer be identified as livestock; defined as supplies, goods, merchandise, wares, items/articles for sale, but alive.

Forty acres and a mule would give me a stake in this country, as once promised. Reparations would ease the way.

If I were an atheist and not hurt anyone nor violate any approved laws, I am still an American, and Black minds matter.

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rs allen 2 weeks 19 hours ago
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gumball 2 weeks 13 hours ago
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What would you like in reparations?

rs allen 1 week 4 days ago
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gumbie, that's likely the most disingenuous question or rather statement I've seen you make, and you've made more than your share of them over the years so that says quite a lot.

If you have something to say to the man that wrote his piece then be man enough to say what you mean instead of trying to side track his attempt at an honest dialog into the weeds of reparations. Because everyone knows america could not ever, even if willing to, attempt to repay what is owed in just monetary terms much less in terms of the damages incured from the suffering and loses.

So my question to you gumbie is, why don't you be a man by standing up and saying what you mean instead of that unrepentant but, oh so plausiable deniability, racist clap-crap you always throw in? Why didn't you just say, just f'k off?

At least be a man for a change. Say what you mean.

stanleyflemmings 1 week 3 days ago
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Thanks, RS Allen, for your concern and sensitive comment. My comment really isn't about reparations alone. The Japanese leaders said in the Oakland Tribune in Oakland, CA, 1978 that they had received reparations from the United States. They mentioned, 'Now is the time to grant the same to the Black Americans. It delves into why many Black people feel slighted by the connotations in the United States National Anthem that we should feel pleased or better off by the United States' defeat of the British, 1814. Selective wording can be achieved just as the words chosen in the Anthem. With editing, maybe we will be inclusive.

rs allen 1 week 2 days ago
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'With editing maybe we will be inclusive'.

We? It wasn't we who wrote the genocidal history of the us.. It wasn't we that wrote the continued us. history in the oppression of and in the explotation of the black, brown and the red brothers and sisters here and abroad. It wasn't we that edited and whitewashed what america actually was and is. NO! We do not need to edit. It's time america starts looking at itself through a clear lense and speak in truths rather than in garbled vaporous tones that only amount to platitudes that mean nothing in the end.

America so far can't even bring itself to honor those platitudes here at home. Justice and freedom? Don't make me laugh. You want american justice? Go ask a red brother how much you can trust a white promise. They're still losting land and autonomy. You want to know about american freedom for all? Go into any black community and ask how free it all feels while the systematic oppression continues on multiple fronts. Want to know about american spread of democracy? Go south and talk to our brown brothers of the south or of northern africa about how american democracy abroad feels and looks like as they bury their dead.

Anyone that doesn't kneal during the anthem should be standing solidly behind in support of those that demand those numbly repeated platitudes be more than just more whitewashed lies.

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gumball 1 week 1 day ago
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Quote rs allen:

gumbie, that's likely the most disingenuous question or rather statement I've seen you make, and you've made more than your share of them over the years so that says quite a lot.

If you have something to say to the man that wrote his piece then be man enough to say what you mean instead of trying to side track his attempt at an honest dialog into the weeds of reparations. Because everyone knows america could not ever, even if willing to, attempt to repay what is owed in just monetary terms much less in terms of the damages incured from the suffering and loses.

So my question to you gumbie is, why don't you be a man by standing up and saying what you mean instead of that unrepentant but, oh so plausiable deniability, racist clap-crap you always throw in? Why didn't you just say, just f'k off?

At least be a man for a change. Say what you mean.

What is wrong with the question?

Not sure how you can spin a serious question into me being a raving racist.

rs allen 1 week 21 hours ago
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Did I call it? or did I call it? 'Oh, so plausiable deniability.'

Ok fine have it your way. We can start at $34.2 trillion and it'll probably go up from there but you'll have to make separate negotiations with the Indian brothers. When can we expect payment?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlXEnUtUuj4

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 week 20 hours ago
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If you don't watch Don Lemon on CNN you're missing something. Last night he got so angry at a Trumpian scoundrel he was jumping up and down in his seat. And thanks to CNN for letting him speak his mind.

rs allen 1 week 19 hours ago
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I do catch him once in awhile. When I do I'm always impressed by his panel and his style as he usually gives everyone room to speak their piece while at the same time not allowing any bull shit lie head games. Tough job given the size of the panels he hosts.

Thanks for the heads up, I'll have to call last nights episode up next time I feel like zoning out in front of the tv.

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