A Glimmer of Hope for the Future

Keeping informed about current events can be a depressing business.

Over the past few months, dozens of Americans were gunned down at a country music concert in Las Vegas. Mass murders have occurred during worship services at churches in Texas and Tennessee, and yet more people seem worried about fictitious or grossly exaggerated problems such as police nationwide wantonly murdering unarmed black teenagers. Liberal activists appear to be more concerned about preserving a woman’s right to abort an unborn child, or climate change, than they care about real, very dangerous problems that aren’t being taken seriously enough.

Over time, that can get depressing, and even demoralizing. The dark mood may become exacerbated by watching a seemingly endless stream of liberal anarchists express anti-American sentiments on national television, only to find out that some of these buffoons actually earn income as college professors, which apparently gives them ample free time to post inane,  insensitive, and idiotic comments on social media about having the privilege of teaching “future dead cops” or “all I want for Christmas is white genocide.

Tucker Carlson appears to have a gift for finding these people. These liberal activists have not only infected the academic ranks at colleges and universities across America, they are even teaching at the middle school and high school level.

And don’t forget that Yvette Felarca of BAMN gets paid to be a social studies teacher in the Berkeley Unified School District, although she appears to spend more time protesting at the University of California-Berkeley or (as both plaintiff and defendant) in court than she spends teaching in the classroom.

However, the title of this article is not intended to be deceptive click-bait. There really is hope for the future. He calls himself “Kid Gadsden.” Just watch the video below.

The teacher’s claims in this “debate” are based purely on emotion, not evidence or facts.

Conversely, Kid Gadsden uses valid and accurate information from reputable sources to thoroughly decimate her argument. The comedy begins early, when the teacher accuses this young man of skewing the information he has offered to refute her arguments.

When Kid Gadsden replies that “his” statistics originally came from the FBI, the teacher abruptly changed course and blurted: “The FBI? Do you know how many coverups happen in the FBI?  All you’re doing is perpetuating your own thought process, so you’ll always get your information from establishments that are ceded (SIC? She also said grounded — I believe she meant “founded”) in white supremacy.” That particular moment in their exchange reminded me of something that dear old Dad used to say: “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with B.S.”

Really — what the heck was that response about the FBI supposed to mean?

It’s equally difficult to comprehend exactly what the teacher was trying to say around 3:37 in the video, as she was trying to talk over the student while he was still speaking.

It sure sounded like she said this:

Cops are devils. White cops are…you can’t tell me any different.

If that is indeed an accurate representation of what she said, Kid Gadsden’s response was perfect: “Wow!” Nothing more needed to be said.

Does America need teachers to fill the heads of our children with this hateful, racist, divisive, and untrue nonsense? Should this woman be in a classroom?

Before you answer, wait until you finish watching the video. It gets even better. In fact, the entertainment is just getting started. At around the 6:00 minute mark, the teacher proclaims to her class that she’s smarter than the dictionary. It has never occurred to me personally that I should brag about being smarter than an inanimate object.

Nor do I have the hubris to claim that my brain contains more knowledge than a dictionary, because I know it doesn’t. By the same token, I’d be comfortable comparing the knowledge contained in my brain to hers. Clearly, she isn’t even as smart as this kid.

The climatic moment of the teacher’s total nuclear meltdown occurs about three minutes later, when she says:

If you’re gonna actually say that black and brown people are not killed with impunity (by white cops) in this country, then you are misguided. You are perpetuating white supremacy.

Irony alert: “Kid Gadsden” is Latino.

This teacher has officially gone way beyond the pale by this point. She just (falsely) accused her student of being a white supremacist, simply because he challenged her argument with evidence. She should be fired, immediately, for giving all the good teachers across America (and there are many) a bad name.

She is an embarrassment to the entire teaching profession.

Especially for a high school student, Kid Gadsden appeared to be extremely well informed about current events. It sounded as if he might have watched the same Larry Elder interview (below) that I saw on the Rubin Report prior to the impromptu debate with his teacher.

In order to win any debate, a participant must apply logic and reason to evidence that supports their points, assuming the goal is convincing their opponent their argument is superior. Arguments made from authority are inherently fallacious, and ad-hominem personal insults (like calling the other person a racist, or white supremacist) are tantamount to a concession of defeat.

Even so, the exchange between the student and teacher was not a completely wasted opportunity. It became a teachable moment for the entire class. Kid Gadsden brilliantly demonstrated to his classmates the best way (and the only successful way) to decisively triumph in an intellectual debate against an esteemed opponent.

By having the better argument.

An Open Letter to Joey Odoms

Dear Mr. Odoms,

Before saying anything in regard to your resignation, I’d first like to thank you sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, for your service to our country. As a military veteran, you deserve both my full attention and utmost respect. You have put your life at risk for our country, to preserve the freedoms of people like me to freely speak our minds. We may remain in disagreement after I’ve offered my point of view, but I refuse to show you any disrespect.

With sadness I read the letter in which you resigned from your position as the performer of our national anthem before Baltimore Ravens football games. In a second comment posted on social media, you also wrote, “Fans who attack players for protesting, (a right in which I fought to defend) but are simply not interested in understanding why, is the reason I am resigning.”

Assuming that I am one of the fans you mention (given that I have written several articles at The Resurgent about this very subject) I would like to know precisely what you think people such as myself are not interested in understanding about this ongoing controversy. What is it that you think I don’t know?

Perhaps it will be easier to answer my question if I tell you what I think I know — the primary narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement, which is that white police officers murder unarmed, innocent young black men with impunity and alarming regularity, is simply and verifiably not true.

Don’t simply take my word for it — hear what people like Larry Elder have said about the false narrative ripping our country apart at the seams.

Please, find out the truth for yourself.

As our great former President Ronald Reagan once said — trust, but verify.

Everyone has the right to peacefully protest against injustice. However, the Black Lives Matter movement actually protest against the justice system, and law and order. I cannot personally speak for every fan, but my complaint isn’t specifically about players kneeling to protest. It’s that the protests are based on lies.

I’m also objecting to the fact that people who are apparently horribly misinformed themselves have accused people like me of being uninformed. The problem isn’t the idea of a football player speaking his mind, but when he’s doing it when he should be showing respect for your efforts, and your sacrifices. After all, you served in the military. I did not. Certainly, this isn’t about “me.”

I’ve been led to believe the protests are not about our national anthem, that song you are blessed with enough talent to be paid for leading thousands of people, and that the protests are not meant as disrespect for our military veterans. While the protests are allegedly about raising awareness for social justice causes, that isn’t true, either. The real purpose of BLM seems to be to permanently divide America along racial lines.

Please believe that I have nothing but respect for the fact that you’re willing to put your principles before your paycheck — you aren’t selling out your beliefs for a few bucks. You sincerely believe you’re doing what you believe in your heart is true. I understand completely.

Unfortunately, I’m convinced that you’re being manipulated by the same sort of people who routinely assassinate the character of brave, patriotic Americans like Larry Elder, for telling the truth about radical liberal ideologues like the leadership of Black Lives Matter.

It saddens me that Mr. Elder must endure such hateful, cruel, and vicious personal attacks for daring to speak the truth about the social justice warrior faction of modern society, and I envy his talent for handling his critics with such grace and dignity. I only wish I were as tolerant of my critics.

If a disproportionate number of innocent young black men were truly in mortal, constant danger from the police, please believe that I would be marching in the streets right next to BLM. But if the statistics offered by Mr. Elder are true — and they certainly appear to be accurate — then the entire premise of the movement is based on malicious, insidious lies that have put the lives of decent men and women who serve our community at much greater risk.

Ironically, both average fans of the game and professional agitators like Shaun King are reaching an unholy consensus to boycott the NFL, which will have the most devastating impact on people the ushers, concession workers, and others who aren’t contractually owed millions of dollars whether fans show up for games or not. You know, people like us…the “little” people.

A fan boycott of the NFL won’t hurt well-compensated professional athletes like Joe Flacco or Terrell Suggs. I’d be surprised to hear that billionaires like Jerry Jones will suffer any financial hardship for showboating, because television contracts are guaranteed money.

Boycotts only hurt everybody else. Eventually the athletes might find the lucrative endorsement deals could disappear over time, but they won’t be feeling any major financial pains, either. The hot dog and Coke vendors will suffer the worst, though. And so will people like Susan Moedinger and her husband, owners of Steel City Sports retail store.

These people are the innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire, stuck in the middle of a senseless controversy based on gross misrepresentations of truth, and deliberate, despicable lies. As Mrs. Moedinger so eloquently points out,

The NFL is not going to be hurt. Nike is not going to be hurt. Nobody’s gonna be hurt in this; they’re too big. But it could hurt me.

Please keep in mind, the fan reactions to these protests are not really about suppressing freedom of speech. People like me are upset and angry about the perceived disrespect being shown toward you, our countryas well as every other current and former member of our military. We all know someone or have family who literally fought, bled, and died for our freedom, and we feel they deserve to be treated with the highest respect. Many of us have also never forgiven or forgotten the disgraceful and abusive treatment shown by “peace activists” toward our soldiers returning from Vietnam.

Also please remember that only last year, the NFL reminded us that players can’t simply do as they please. When the Cowboys announced they wanted to wear a sticker on their helmet to honor the five Dallas police officers murdered during a Black Lives Matter protest that turned violent, the league denied the team permission — where was the uproar about the players “freedom of speech” then? So it seems the NFL can restrict the exercise of free speech by their employees…at least, when it suits their purposes.

Why should kneeling to honor a lie be allowed, when the ultimate sacrifice by a brave police officer murdered in the line of duty can’t even be acknowledged with a small helmet sticker?

And why are we supposed to feel any sympathy for a man who stupidly walked away from his job and a contractual obligation that would have paid him almost $100 million dollars over five more years, even if he had to sit on the bench? Colin Kaepernick wasn’t kneeling in protest when he was the Super Bowl starting quarterback. His farce of a “protest” started only after he started collecting splinters on the bench, as nothing but a desperate cry for attention from a classic narcissist. After all, how seriously should we take a multi-millionaire screaming for “equality” but who didn’t even vote on Election Day?

Kaepernick laughably told reporters that he didn’t vote because it would have been hypocritical of him, when not voting was the real hypocrisy. He might have meant to say it would have been illegal for him to vote, because he wasn’t even registered, and never has been, but that would have exposed his foolishness. In my never-humble-enough opinion, you’ve been conned, by professional con artists.

These petty and selfish acts disrespect YOUR sacrifices. Please, Mr. Odoms, help me understand any errors in my logic. If my facts are wrong, I want to be the first person to admit it, and then I will apologize profusely. On the other hand, if the statistics cited by Mr. Elder are really true, only 4 percent of young black homicide victims are killed for questionable reasons by white police officers.

Conversely, more than 70 percent of young black homicide victims are murdered by black criminals. Why is BLM so selective about what concerns them? Don’t all black lives matter, or do only the ones they can manufacture an angle to blame on race? Actually, I already know the answer to that question from the BLM perspective — my life doesn’t matter.

In fact, if I dare say that “all lives matter” to include my family and the police, I’ve allegedly become an accidental racist. The people behind Black Lives Matter want us to hate each other, but the fact that you are black and I am white, nor the fact that you can sing and I can’t, is no reason we can’t be friends.

If people are willing to pay you to sing the national anthem, you must have an amazing voice.  Because you served our country, I can only assume that you are equally if not more patriotic than me.  If you can show that “my” facts are incorrect, I’m willing to humble myself, apologize, and then join you in protest.

But I won’t take a knee for a lie.

Respectfully,

A College Football (and former NFL) Fan

Mixing Race and Politics in Professional Sports

Adults gifted with special physical talents are often handsomely rewarded for their skills playing games that most of us stopped playing after high school.

Even athletes considered to have mediocre talent when compared to their professional competition are paid significantly more than the average American family — the median household income in 2016 for an American family was a little more than $59, 000. Yet for some bizarre reason, a baseball player earning a half million dollars a year felt the need to kneel during our national anthem, because of what he described as racial inequality, in a country where the president for the last eight years was a black man.

Apparently few people understand that the origins and true purpose of the Black Lives Matter movement was to promote the agenda of a group of radical feminist lesbians by capitalizing on tragedies and calling them crimes. According to “Herstory” at the official BLM website, the perceived current leaders of BLM (Shaun King, for example) are actually pretenders:

When you design an event / campaign / et cetera based on the work of queer Black women, don’t invite them to participate in shaping it, but ask them to provide materials and ideas for next steps for said event, that is racism in practice.  It’s also hetero-patriarchal. Straight men, unintentionally or intentionally, have taken the work of queer Black women and erased our contributions.  Perhaps if we were the charismatic Black men many are rallying around these days, it would have been a different story, but being Black queer women in this society (and apparently within these movements) tends to equal invisibility and non-relevancy.

In essence, the Black Lives Matter movement has been based on lies and false impressions, perpetuating the myth that young black males are in constant danger of being murdered by the police. Trayvon Martin was not murdered. According to Florida law, he was legally killed in self defense by a Hispanic man that the media claimed was a “white” Hispanic. Likewise, Michael Brown was not murdered by Officer Darren Wilson; he was shot in self defense. Yet these are the lies on which the Black Lives Matter movement was founded. Had there been the slightest impropriety in either legal case, the Obama Justice Department led by Eric Holder would have crucified the accused.

The purpose of this “movement” is clearly to foment racial tensions and to undermine the police, making them hesitate when a split-second decision might cost a law enforcement officer their own life. Most disturbingly, criminals are being treated as martyrs.

Yes, there have been a few examples of police brutality caught on film — Rodney King comes to mind. There are even a few incidents where the police arguably murdered an innocent civilian, or at least shot a civilian by accident, mistaking them for a criminal. However, every law enforcement officer in uniform also has the right to make it safely home to his or her family at the end of the workday.

As Chris Rock suggested years ago in this humorous “educational” video, if you haven’t done anything wrong, the wisest course of action is to cooperate fully with the police.

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Alleged BLM leader Shaun King recently called for a boycott of the NFL during a season in which games have already been played to half-empty stadiums. More fans attended the college football game between the USC Trojans and Texas Longhorns than went to the games of two NFL teams combined. In a way, I feel some measure of sympathy for professional ballplayers like former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and rookie baseball player Bruce Maxwell. They have been manipulated into believing lies that will ultimately cause great economic harm to the very businesses that can afford to pay their exorbitant salaries. These people are killing their own careers.

In this brilliant interview with Dave Rubin, Larry Elder used statistics to expose the lies on which the Black Lives Matter movement was founded.

Elder: “Give me the most blatant racist example you can come up with, right now.”

Rubin: “Um, I think you could probably find evidence that in general, cops are more willing to shoot if the perpetrator is black than white.”

Elder: “What’s your data? What’s your basis for saying that? Last year…”

Rubin: “Well look, I know a lot of people who would say, look at what’s going on in Chicago…”

Elder: “I know what they would say, but I’m talking about what the facts are — 965 people were shot by cops last year and killed. Four percent of them were white cops shooting unarmed blacks. In Chicago, in 2011, twenty-one people were shot and killed by cops. In 2015, there were seven. In Chicago, which is one third black, one third white, and one third Hispanic, seventy percent of the homicides are black on black. About forty per month, almost five hundred per year in Chicago, and seventy-five percent of them are unsolved. Where is the Black Lives Matter on that? The idea that a racist white cop is shooting unarmed black people is a peril to black people, is B.S.”

Professional athletes have the same right to protest as every other American citizen. However, they should keep in mind that their fans are more likely to be proud American citizens as not, and their actions will inevitably have consequences. A lot of their fans earn a lower income per family than some of these players make for playing (or even riding the bench) in one game. It’s noble to risk one’s livelihood in support a worthy cause, but to perpetuate a lie is neither noble or intelligent. Statistics don’t lie. Only four percent of the homicides by cops were committed by white officers shooting unarmed black civilians, while seventy percent of murdered blacks were killed by other blacks.

That’s not what the people involved with Black Lives Matter want you to believe, though. And as long as they can prey on public figures who are easy to manipulate, they will continue to have success inspiring racial hatred and irrational fears.

Black lives do matter. Of course, white lives matter just as much — no more, and no less. In fact, all lives matter — and that obviously includes the lives of police as well.