Browns TE Seth DeValve Becomes First White Player To Kneel For The National Anthem

On Monday night, Browns TE Seth DeValve kneeled alongside other Browns players to become the first white person to kneel in solidarity with black teammates during nation anthem in a protest to the racial inequalities and police brutality in America.

Chair of the Ole Miss African American Studies Program, Dr. Charles Ross saw the gesture as a nice step in the right direction.

“I think its absolutely beneficial,” Dr. Ross said. “I think one of the things that has been articulated by (Michael) Bennett is that it would be great if white players joined the protest too so its not simply looked upon as black players having an issue with the overall race climate in America.”

“You’d like to see this maybe go a step further and figure out someway in which Colin Kaepernick will be offered and opportunity to play in the National Football league,” Dr. Ross continued, “because what he did last year….. he wasn’t on the wrong side of this issue. He was on the right side of this issue.”

 

In an interview with Cleveland.com, DeValve explained his reasoning for joining the protest.

“The United States is the greatest country in the world,” DeValve said. “It is because it provides opportunities to its citizens that no other country does. The issue is that it doesn’t provide equal opportunity to everybody. And I wanted to support my African-American teammates today who wanted to take a knee. We wanted to draw attention to the fact that there’s things in this country that still need to change.”

“I think its good (That DeValve kneeled) because it shows that white people are at least considering what black people are saying and vice versa,” Ole Miss senior David Biggs said.

Colin Kaepernick began a national uproar last year when he began to kneel for the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial oppression following the tragic deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by police officers.

“I think a person has his rights and his privileges,” Ole Miss staff member Richard Brown said. “You take that away and you go back to dictatorship and slavery.

“I think its great to have this conversation,” David Biggs said. “When you have conversation I think the best ideas win.”

While people are less likely to argue Kaepernick’s cause for protesting, people often argue that his protest itself is disrespectful to the American flag.

Ex-Mississippi state narcotics agent and Professor of Legal Studies Stephen Mallory shared a similar ideology.

“He certainly has the right to protest,” Mallory said. “There’s things wrong. I just don’t know if that’s the appropriate way to change it. The most effective way to change this country is to vote.”

“A lot of people have fought and died under that flag to give us the freedom to do just what hes doing.” Mallory said. “Too many people have given too much. That’s our flag. That’s our anthem. That’s everybody’s flag that lives in this country. The national anthem doesn’t stand for racism. It doesn’t stand for evil. It stands for good. They need to speak out against Nazis and neo-Nazi and white supremacist.”

Dr. Charles Ross offered an opinion more favorable to Kaepernick’s protest.

“The national anthem in the country has a tradition in which individuals are supposed to take their hats off and place their right hands over their hearts,” Dr. Ross said. “To lift the flag and pay homage to the history of the United States and the wars that its been in and its ability to become the kind of nation that it is. Supposedly all of that encompasses that citizens are kind of on equal footing within that history in context. Of course that’s not the way America has functioned in its history.”

“We are a country of diversity,” Dr. Ross said. “We are a county of difference and maybe our traditions can be tweaked along those same lines. They’re kneeling as a way to facilitate a uniqueness that their experience is different as an African American.”

Cleveland.com

USA Today 

ESPN

BET

New York Daily News

Advertisements

Bill Cosby Hires A New Defense Team And Gets His Sexual Assault Retrial Postponed Till The Spring

Monday Bill Cosby announced he had hired a new legal team.

His new defense team is lead by Thomas Mesereau, the notorious mop top lawyer who gained fame for defending Michael Jackson in 2005 in his child molestation case which lead to Jackson’s acquittal of all charges. It also consist of former federal prosecutor Kathleen Bliss and Philadelphia litigator Sam Silver.

The new legal teams first appearance was at a pre-trail hearing Tuesday where they asked for Cosby’s second sexual assault trial to be postponed till sometime between March 15 and April 1.

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill said the move will give Cosby’s new defense team enough time to prepare.

His original defense team consisted of Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa, who withdrew from the case but were present for the hearing.

Cosby’s first trial ended in a hung jury in June after jurors deliberated for over 50 hours.

Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand who is a former Temple University Administrator. The incident allegedly took place in 2004 at Cosby Philadelphia-area home.

USA Today 

Reuters 

New York Times 

Trump Considering A Pardon For Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio

On August 14 in a interview to Fox News, President Trump stated he was considering a pardon for Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” the president said Sunday. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”

Arpaio was convicted of criminal content for willfully defying a court order to stop targeting Latino drivers in 2011. Arpaio was convicted in jury-less hearing and his attorneys are attempting to appeal the case arguing that a jury would not reach the same verdict.

The president has not issued a pardon as of Tuesday morning but is planning to attend a rally in Arizona Tuesday night.

Fox News 

Politico 

USA Today 

University Of Texas Removes Confederate Statues Early Monday Morning

University of Texas removed confederate statues of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and John Reagan early Monday morning.

“Last week, the horrific displays of hatred at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville shocked and saddened the nation. These events make it clear, now more than ever, that Confederate monuments have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism,” University president Gregory Fenves said in a memo to the University of Texas community Sunday. 

This removal is the latest in a string of universities and cities around the country that have attempted to stop the glorification of a dark time in American history.  Baltimore removed confederate statues last week and Duke University removed a Lee Statue from its campus on Saturday.

New York Times

Huffington Post

CNN News 

Fox News

 

Baltimore Removes Four Confederate Monuments Overnight

After a unanimous city council vote Monday to remove the monuments immediately, Baltimore removed four confederate monuments Tuesday overnight.

This comes after a white nationalist protest against the removal of a confederate monument in Charlottesville, VA turned violent over the weekend leaving at least 3 dead.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the statues removed were the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue, the Confederate Women’s Monument on West University Parkway, the Roger B. Taney Monument at Mount Vernon Place and Robert E. Lee and Thomas. J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monument at Wyman Park Dell.

Baltimore Sun

The Atlantic

Reuters

NPR 

Intel CEO Also Leaves President Trump’s Manufacturing Council

Monday Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned from President Trumps Manufacturing Council. His resignation marked the 3rd of the day and comes amid backlash for the President’s response to hate groups in America.

“I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues,” Krzanich said in a statement.

Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing resigned from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative Tuesday.

President Trump took to twitter to respond.

The Hill

CNBC

Huffington Post

Fox News

CNN

 

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank Also Leaves President Trump’s Manufacturing Council

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank leaves President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council becoming the second of the day.

Plank didn’t give a reason for leaving but his departure comes amid growing backlash for the President’s initial response to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA that left at least three people dead.

“I love our country and our company and will continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion,” Plank said in a statement.

CNN

CNBC

USA Today

The Hill 

Protesters In Durham, NC Pull Down A Confederate Statue

Protesters in Durham, NC pulled down a confederate statue. The Confederate Soldiers Monument was dedicated to the city in 1924 and depicted a soldier who fought for the confederacy.

According to WNCN, a women used a ladder to tie a rope around the statue before other protesters pulled the statue down.

Democratic Governor Roy Cooper took to twitter to comment on the incident.

This event comes two days after protesters and counter-protesters clashed at a “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA that left one person dead after a car plowed through counter-protesters and two more dead when a police helicopter crashed.

WNCN

Time

Washington Post

Huffington Post

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier Leaves President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council Following The President’s Failure To Condemn White Supremacist

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier left President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council Monday due to the President’s failure to condemn white supremacy after violence broke out at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA and a car was rammed into counter-protesters leaving one dead.

In a statement on Twitter Frazier stated that he felt a responsiblity to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.

President Trump took to twitter to respond to the news of Frazier’s departure.

Prior to his departure, Frazier was the only African American member of Trump’s Manufacturing council.

NPR

The Hill

CNN 

Fox News

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Declares State Of Emergency Following Violent Protest in Charlottesville

A “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va lead Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency as thousands of “alt right” activists, KKK members, Nazis, other assorted white supremacists, and armed militia groups fought with anti-fascist groups and other counter-protesters.

The rally, organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer, was set to take place in Emancipation park, formerly known as Lee park, today at 12 p.m. to protest the eminent removal of the Robert E. Lee statue.

Prior to the chaos, fences and a wall of cops helped separate supremacist and counter-protesters. The supremacist side could be seen sporting confederate flags and Nazi memorabilia while they chanted “Fuck you faggots”

Anti-protesters, most notable the Antifa or Antifascist Action, also made their presence know.

About a hour before the rally was set to begin, violence broke out.

The rally was ultimately cancelled about 20 minutes before due to fighting between protesters and anti-protesters.

Va state police deemed the event unlawful assembly and began to expel protesters from the area.

Around 2 p.m. a car plowed into protesters as the peacefully walked downtown. It is not currently known how many people were injured or if the driver did it intentionally but pictures on social media show officials administering aid on the scene.

President Trump took to twitter to condemn the violence.

Former President Bill Clinton also took to twitter to comment on the event.

Huffington Post

USA Today 

CNN

New York Times