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I pray to God that Sen. Lindsey Graham’s plan is voted down once and for all so the Republicans will have to sit down with the Democrats and make the ACA a strong and healthy plan for all Americans regardless of income or age.

The reason the Republicans are trying to push this bill through is, by the end of this month 51 votes will be enough to pass the bill; after that it will take 60 votes.

As if the young, talented Colin Kaepernick isn’t under enough pressure with no job offer after not standing with hand-on-heart during the National Anthem last season before each NFL game, now he has President Trump saying the NFL should fire any player who does not stand and salute the flag during the National Anthem. Trump said this during a speech in Alabama, Sept. 22.

This has caused a lot of controversy with NFL and NBA teams, from people who believe it is an intrusion of the Freedom of Speech, and another attack on Blacks’ rights to protest the discrimination in this country. Heaven knows we have a long way to go in racial relations in this country (Trump disinvited the NBA champion Golden State Warriors to the White House).

The first thing out of many Whites’ mouths is, “These players make all that money, why are they complaining?” Trump probably feels the same way. The Black players are not voicing their concerns just for themselves, they are expressing concern for the millions of Blacks, Asians, Latinos and Whites throughout this country who are suffering from racism and neglect because of their race, gender or economic status.

Kaepernick could have kept his mouth shut, and stood for the flag, and continued to make millions, yet he chose to express his outrage over the series of police killings of Black men and the overall conditions for people of color. He’s not saying all, he’s bi-racial himself, and was adopted and raised by a White family.

It would have been nice to see 50 to 80 percent of the Black players in the NFL kneel this past Sunday (Sept. 24) in response to Trump. That would have sent a strong message considering Blacks make up about 80 percent of the league.

Most players stood with arms locked, showing unity, while some kneeled and others did nothing. The Cincinnati Bengals’ response was that players should concentrate on the game and not social issues.

The Steelers decided as a team to remain in the tunnel, not seen by the public, during the National Anthem, igniting somewhat of a firestorm here locally. Only Alejandro Villanueva came out and stood for the Anthem.

There were some White players with the typical “love it or leave it” statements.

As for the NBA, Trump was upset because Steph Curry of the Warriors said he wasn’t going to attend the annual White House reception for the NBA champions. Curry disagrees with Trump’s policies, views and actions against Blacks. After Trump’s tweet, LeBron James had some choice words for Trump, saying that the White House visit was a great place to attend until Trump “showed up.”

(Ulish Carter is the former managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier.)


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