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. Mr. Owens has a great respect for the flag and has good reasons for it. He traces his roots back to his Great Great Grandfather Silas, a slave. What does that have to do with it? Read on, please.
As Written By Burgess Owens for Fox News:
As we enter a second season of protest of our country’s flag by young, wealthy black NFL athletes, millions of fans will continue to turn off America’s favorite past time. The NFL, whose brand was once our country’s most uniting one, is rapidly re-branding itself as a divisive one. In a sport where a player’s lack of decorum deemed detrimental to the game – such as celebrating in the end zone – is met with harsh penalties, the NFL’s corporate leadership has taken a knee as they allow their platform to be used for political anti-America sentiment.
It is possible that by visiting our past, Americans might gain insight as to why successful black American athletes feel compelled to kneel as we honor our flag and white corporate leaders refuse to take a stand to defend it.
In a world where slavery, totalitarianism and kingdoms were the accepted norm, the young American experiment was indeed a paradox. Though it was America that introduced to the world game-changing concepts like “We The People” and “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” it would take another 87 years and over 600,000 American lives to atone for slavery and to begin to align itself with our Founders’ vision.
In the meantime, there was another reality for millions of African slaves whose experience mirrored that of a young African boy brought to America in 1848. He arrived in the belly of a slave ship and was sold with his mother at an auction house in Charleston, South Carolina. Orphaned by age eight, his harsh, abusive and deprived American experience was just beginning.
How can our nation reconcile the depravation of that young eight-year-old slave with inspirational success stories of other Americans during that same century?
For an example, the American culture that granted opportunity to a middle-aged Texan, a Republican, whose “federally protected” freedom allowed him ……….
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