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“We have socialists, Marxists and liberals who have hijacked my race.” — Burgess Owens
Clarence Burgess Owens is a retired safety who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders.
By Jonathan Updated 07/21/2016 | 9:39 AM EDT
Former NFL star Burgess Owens joined The Glenn Beck Program on Wednesday (July 20, 2016) to talk about his new book Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies, and Wimps. In his post-NFL life, Owens has been an entrepreneur, speaker, author and historian.
The history he shared on Glenn’s radio program shows the devastating impact of liberalism on the black community. “From 1865 to 1965, my race, the black race, was one of the most competitive, entrepreneurial, Christian, moral races in our country.
We had the highest percentage of entrepreneurs in the country, the highest percentage of marriage in the country. And we were so competitive, black entrepreneurs, that in 1932, the Democrats had put together a law called the Davis-Bacon Act to help protect the white unions against us.” Glenn urged Owens to continue. “Where we are today is 80 percent of black females are unemployed across this country.
Colin Kaepernick jersey set on fire in a counter protest to his refusal to stand during the national anthem.
Seventy-six percent of black men abandon their children, forsake marriage. We have illiteracy running afoul. There’s more black males dropping out of high school than dropping out of college. This is the end result of liberalism, and it’s not an accident,” Owens said.
Not surprisingly, it happened at the turn of the last century, when progressives began wreaking havoc on American society.
“In 1910, the NAACP, with 21 white socialist Marxists, gave this race to be controlled by the Democrats. By the way, the antithesis of Martin Luther King Jr.’s capitalist, Christian and entrepreneurial community,” Owens said. This behind-the-curtain control of the black community continues to this day.
“The only way they got into our community was through stealth, and that stealth still happens today with BET. BET is Black Entertainment Television. It’s not been black-owned for 15 years. It’s owned by Redstone, Viacom, bought out by white, wealthy, liberal Democrats, and [it] gave my community 15 years of anti-white, anti-police, anti-American, anti-family — everything that’s liberalism,” Owens said. Owens went on to acknowledge the frustration felt in the black community.
“You wonder why the streets are full now of people totally frustrated because they have no idea that this has been personally done for their vote. They’re breeding black votes, and they’ve done that for years. That’s what Democrats do best: breed black votes,” Owens said.
How do we set things straight and heal this gap?
“Look, I’m willing to do, say, meet with anyone, as long as they’re not trying to empower themselves, as long as we’re all trying to empower people,” Glenn said. Owens first recommended that white Americans stop apologizing and black Americans stop thinking of whites as the oppressor. Secondly, he stressed the importance of understanding the real crisis we face. “We live in the greatest country in the history of mankind every single day,” Owens said.
“We do not have a racial crisis, we have an ideology crisis. We have socialists, Marxists and liberals who have hijacked my race,” Owens said. Owens also noted an exciting opportunity: Twenty-eight of black Americans vote exactly the same way he does. They love their country. They love God. They love their children and communities.
“Burgess, you know, I don’t know if you’d like to take us up on this offer, but I’d love to have you here in the studio. I’d love to spend a lot more time with you on radio and television because I think you need to be heard,” Glenn said. “Your book is riddled with facts that I didn’t know. It’s tremendous.”
Owens wholeheartedly agreed, and also issued a challenge. “Let me just say this: The wizard of BET is Viacom. It’s Philippe Dauman, Shari Redstone, the board of directors of Viacom. I would love to have them a part of this conversation. We’re battling back and forth with the people who began the seed of destruction and hatred.”
“Let’s have them stand up for the American people. Explain to us what they think of Black Lives Matter,” Owens said. Listen to the full interview below to hear Glenn’s pie analogy, Stu’s embarrassing question about the Philadelphia Eagles and why Owens believes the entire black caucus should retire en masse today.”
Owens’ new book, Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies, and Wimps, is available in bookstores everywhere. Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program: Featured Image: Motivational speaker Burgess Owens at an All Hands Meeting broadcast worldwide, May 2015.
NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick defends sitting during national anthem
San Fransisco 49er quarterback accuses the US of oppressing people of colour.
Jennifer Offord By Jen Offord
August 28, 2016 10:34 BST
Colin Kaepernick has sparked controversy by refusing to stand for the national anthem ahead of a match against the Green Bay Packers on Friday. Kaepernick, 28, defended his decision not to stand, stating that he will not “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour.”
The NFL San Fransisco 49ers quarterback has been widely criticised by fans, journalists and politicians who said the gesture was disrespectful. Kaepernick, 28, however, told the NFL after the game: “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.
“There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” he added.
The protest comes in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, which began as a result of high-profile cases of the deaths of black men at the hands of US police officers. The movement campaigns against what it calls the “systematic and intentional” oppression of black people.
Kaepernick said he realised the move would not be welcomed by all, but said he was not looking for approval.
He said: “I have to stand up for people that are oppressed… If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Though some reports have suggested discord between Kaepernick and the 49ers, having lost his starting place on the team, the club issued a statement in defence of the player, which said: “In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
Kaepernick’s coach, Chip Kelly reiterated the team’s position, stating Kapernick’s statement was “his right as a citizen”, adding “it’s not my right to tell him not to do something”.
A number of US athletes, including Cleveland Cavaliers’ basketball star LeBron James, have been vocal advocates of the Black Lives Matter movement. However, Kaepernick’s protest is not the first to cause controversy.
In July a number of players in the Women’s basketball league (WNBA) were fined for wearing T-shirts bearing the Black Lives Matter hashtag. The fines were eventually rescinded by the league after public outcry.
Kaepernick: Colin Kaepernick said his decision was ‘bigger than football’
Colin Kaepernick signed a 6 year, $114,000,000 contract with the San Francisco 49ers, including a $12,328,766 signing bonus, $61,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $19,000,000. In 2016, Kaepernick will earn a base salary of $11,900,000, a roster bonus of $2,000,000 and a workout bonus of $400,000.
See his NFP pay history:
We love you, Dude. Sit wherever and whenever you choose. This is America!
Colin Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels is appropriate and until he sees significant progress
The Associated Press
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Defiant, and determined to be a conduit for change, Colin Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels is appropriate and until he sees significant progress – specifically when it comes to race relations in the United States.
He knows he could be cut by San Francisco for this stand. Criticized and ostracized, he’ll go it alone if need be.
The quarterback realizes he might be treated poorly in some road cities, and he’s ready for that, too, saying he’s not overly concerned about his safety, but “if something happens that’s only proving my point.”
“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” Kaepernick said Sunday at his locker. “To me this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”
Two days after he refused to stand for the “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the 49ers’ preseason loss to the Packers, Kaepernick insists whatever the consequences, he will know “I did what’s right.” He said he hasn’t heard from the NFL or anyone else about his actions – and it won’t matter if he does.
“No one’s tried to quiet me and, to be honest, it’s not something I’m going to be quiet about,” he said. “I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it. This isn’t for look. This isn’t for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don’t have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities to be successful. To provide for families and not live in poor circumstances.”
Letting his hair go au natural and sprinting between drills as usual, Kaepernick took the field Sunday with the 49ers as his stance drew chatter across NFL camps.
He explained his viewpoints to teammates in the morning, some agreeing with his message but not necessarily his method. Some said they know he has offended his countrymen, others didn’t even know what he had done.
“Every guy on this team is entitled to their opinion. We’re all grown men,” linebacker NaVorro Bowman said.
“I agree with what he did, but not in the way he did it,” wideout Torrey Smith said. “That’s not for me. He has that right. Soldiers have died for his right to do exactly what he did. … I know he’s taken a lot of heat for it. He understands that when you do something like that it does offend a lot of people.”
Bowman and Smith are African-American.
Kaepernick criticized presidential candidates Donald Trump (“openly racist”) and Hillary Clinton;” called out police brutality against minorities; and pushed for accountability of public officials.
“You can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist,” Kaepernick said. “That’s insane. Someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us.”
In college at Nevada, Kaepernick said, police were called one day “because we were the only black people in that neighborhood.” Officers entered without knocking and drew guns on him and his teammates and roommates as they were moving their belongings, he said.
He said his stand is not against men and women in the military.
Kaepernick, whose hair had been in cornrows during training camp, sat on the bench during Friday’s national anthem at Levi’s Stadium. Giants wideout Victor Cruz and Bills coach Rex Ryan said standing for the anthem shows respect.
“There’s a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality,” said Kaepernick, who is biracial and whose adoptive parents are white. “There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. People are being given paid leave for killing people. That’s not right. That’s not right by anyone’s standards.”
On Sunday, he stopped briefly on a side field to talk with Harry Edwards and they shared a quick embrace before the quarterback grabbed his helmet and took the field. Edwards is a sociologist and African-American activist who helped plan the “Olympic Project for Human Rights” before the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, where U.S. sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos took the medal podium barefoot and bowed their heads through the anthem, raising gloved fists in a black power protest.
After swirling trade talks all offseason following Kaepernick’s three operations and sub-par 2015 season, he has done everything so far but play good football – and he doesn’t plan for this to be a distraction.
Coach Chip Kelly did not speak to the media Sunday. He said Saturday he still hasn’t decided on his starting quarterback in a competition between Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert, who took over the job from Kaepernick last November and has vowed to be the No. 1 again.
Kaepernick hasn’t stood for the anthem in any of the team’s three preseason games “and I don’t see it as going about it the wrong way.”
“That’s his right as a citizen,” Kelly said. “We recognize his right as an individual to choose to participate or not participate in the national anthem.”
Now, Kaepernick is prepared for whatever comes next.
“I think there’s a lot of consequences that come along with this. There’s a lot of people that don’t want to have this conversation,” he said. “They’re scared they might lose their job. Or they might not get the endorsements. They might not to be treated the same way. Those are things I’m prepared to handle. …
“At this point, I’ve been blessed to be able to get this far and have the privilege of being able to be in the NFL, making the kind of money I make and enjoy luxuries like that. I can’t look in the mirror and see people dying on the street that should have the same opportunities that I’ve had.”
Former NFL Player Calls Out ‘Ignorant,’ ‘Unappreciative’ Kaepernick
Aug 29, 2016 // 9:58am
Kaepernick later explained that he was sitting to protest the country’s treatment of African Americans.
Former Jets and Raiders safety Burgess Owens took issue with Kaepernick’s political statement, saying it should be a “wakeup call” for the country.
“We fail to teach our kids, our young people, anything about our history,” Owens said. “They’re ignorant about our country and they’re totally unappreciative of the freedoms that have been gained by people that have paid the price for them.”
Owens, who played in the NFL from 1973-82, said that our country isn’t facing a racial crisis, but an ideological one.
“If this young man wants to really be part of the answer, turn off BET,” Owens said. “Black Entertainment Television is not a black-owned company. It’s owned by liberal Democrats, who for the last 15 years have fire-hosed my community with anti-white, anti-police, anti-American, anti-family liberal filth.”
Owens said the common denominator between Kaepernick’s national anthem gesture, Beyoncé’s VMAs statement and the combative rhetoric of Black Lives Matter is the influence of “white, liberal bullies and cowards.”
“If you’re going to step in the political arena, educate yourself,” Owens said. “Learn about our country. Learn about the freedom of a $100 million contract that the athletes of my era paid the price for this young man to have today.”
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