President Donald Trump on Friday vowed to continue to give a “giant voice to his supporters, one day after releasing a video promising an orderly transition after Congress certified Joe Biden as president-elect despite pro- Trump rioters at the US Capitol. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form,” Trump tweeted, without giving any other details.
It was the year Black athletes stepped into their full potential as leaders, disruptors and purveyors of social change. #ImWithKap and “Today is a good day to arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” and #Black Lives Matter.
It ended with voting rights awareness campaigns and initiatives that helped flood ballot boxes in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, essential states in the effort to oust a racist from the White House. Generations from now, we’ll reflect on this as a turning point where athletes collectively used their enormous platforms as stages for social change.
Dictators Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler wanted to prove themselves superior at every turn. Carrera was a giant, so big that Louis had to take publicity photos standing on a riser.
Mussolini was threatening to invade Ethiopia, and he wanted Carrera to knock out Louis as a first strike by proxy. Black leaders pulled Louis aside and let him know how high the stakes had been raised, and in front of 64,000 people at Yankee Stadium, the American clobbered Carrera in six rounds.
A year later, Hitler pinned the reputation of his racist Nazi ideology to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. There were Nazi pamphlets and banners and speeches about the so-called superiority of white Germans over people of Jewish and African descent.
Owens won four gold medals in track and field, a feat that stood unmatched for nearly 50 years. He was at the front of a charge of African American athletes who embarrassed Hitler at the Games and inspired their countrymen to dream.
His older brother, Mack, won a silver in the 200 meters, finishing right behind Owens. But Hitler was hard-headed and tried to tie Nazi aspirations to Max Schooling as he prepared for a rematch with Joe Louis in 1938.
They called him “Lightning Jack,” and he led the nation in punt return yards for the undefeated 1939 Bruins. And he was pretty good at track and field, though not as acclaimed as his older brother, Mack, the Olympian.
So even though Robinson couldn’t hit his weight at UCLA, he was interested when Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey offered an opportunity. But by 1949, he was speaking out against racism nearly every chance he got, even if his critics wanted him to “stick to sports.” He didn’t, and he won National League MVP that year.
I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a Black man in a white world,” he wrote in his 1972 autobiography, “Never Had It Made.” Carlos and Smith became the key figures of the 1968 Summer Olympics when they put on black gloves, removed their shoes and thrust their fists into the air on the medal stand as the “Star-spangled Banner” played.
Ali, meanwhile, was reinstated and returned to the ring in October 1970, although it would take him four more years to regain the title. He died in 2016, and his memorial service attracted luminaries such as Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Spike Lee, Will Smith and Jim Brown.
Donald Trump, a presidential candidate at the time, called Ali’s widow, Lonnie, to say he couldn’t make it. Then in 2012, Trayvon Martin was killed by a security guard who tracked and followed him as he walked home wearing a hoodie in South Florida.
Heat franchise owner Micky Prison responded online with a sobering message of condolence: “there is no such thing as justice. In 2014, Donald Sterling was ousted as Clippers franchise owner after he was recording making racist comments.
In 2015, football players at the University of Missouri joined protesters seeking the removal of president Tim Wolfe, saying he wasn’t moving fast enough to oppose racist incidents on campus. The players, in the middle of the season, said they wouldn’t practice or play Wolfe stepped down or was fired.
In 2017, Kaepernick’s protest spread across sports, peaking with NBA players refusing to speak to the media about anything other than social justice. In 2019, Kaepernick and the NFL settled the former quarterback’s lawsuit accusing team owners of colluding to keep him off the field.
Kaepernick held an open workout, wearing a Junta Kite T-shirt and daring anyone to say he wasn’t ready to play. In 2020, everyone had seen enough Black men shot and killed during what should have been routine encounters and when George Floyd died under a police officer’s knee in Minneapolis, it was clear Kaepernick had been right all along.
The NBA painted “Black lives matter” on the court and players wore social justice messages on their jerseys. And when Jacob Blake was shot in the back by police in front of his children about 45 miles south of Milwaukee, the Bucks led a players’ strike that again swept the sports world.
The frustration, anger, disappointment, resentment, sadness and fear were channeled into various causes, but none were more visible than get-out-the vote campaigns in cities around the nation. In Georgia, where Dream players openly feuded with franchise owner Sen. Kelly Offer, Atlanta voters flipped the state for Biden.
Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A union representing flight attendants says it is concerned about “political violence” aboard airliners after supporters of President Donald Trump caused in-flight disruptions this week. The incidents, union president Sara Nelson said, were “unacceptable and threatened the safety and security of every single person onboard.
Some passengers involved in the incidents, Nelson said, were Trump supporters who “participated in the insurrection” at the Capitol. “We are working closely with local law enforcement and airport authority partners to ensure the safety of our customers and team members on the ground and in the air,” the airline said in a statement issued to CNN.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA said in-flight disruptions caused by supporters of President Donald Trump amounted to “mob mentality behavior.” President Donald Trump said his supporters will continue to have a “GIANT VOICE in the future and will not be “disrespected or treated unfairly” in a Friday tweet.
The Republican president tweeted his message after his temporary ban from Twitter was lifted following the incursion of the Capitol Wednesday. Trump also posted a video message on his account in which he appeared to accept defeat and condemned the “violence, lawlessness and mayhem” of the incursion.
Many people have criticized Trump ’s rhetoric since the 2020 Election, as well as his comments at a rally Wednesday morning before the incursion of the Capitol. Congress was in the middle of a debate over Arizona’s electoral votes when the security breach occurred and legislators had to be evacuated, Newsweek reported.
Twitter removed three tweets and suspended Trump ’s account for 12 hours following the incursion, according to NBC News. Among the tweets that the social media giant decided could not be shown was a video from the president trying to quell the violence at the Capitol.
The Big Tech giant said if the president further violates its rules, the company could further suspend his personal Twitter account, which Trump has used as a major vehicle to communicate with his millions of supporters. The conversation Saturday was the latest step in an unprecedented effort by a sitting president to pressure a state official to reverse the outcome of a free and fair election that he lost.
The renewed intervention and the persistent and unfounded claims of fraud by the first president to lose reelection in almost 30 years come nearly two weeks before Trump leaves office and two days before twin runoffs in Georgia that will determine control of the Senate. Trump confirmed in a tweet Sunday that he had spoken with Georgia’s Secretary of State, Republican Brad Raffensperger, a day earlier.
Biden senior adviser Bob Bauer said the recording was “irrefutable proof” of Trump pressuring and threatening an official in his own party to “rescind a state’s lawful, certified vote count and fabricate another in its place.” At another point in the conversation, Trump appeared to threaten Raffensperger and Ryan Germany, the Secretary of State’s legal counsel, by suggesting both could be criminally liable if they failed to find that thousands of ballots in Fulton County had been illegally destroyed.
Trump has repeatedly attacked how Raffensperger ran Georgia’s elections, claiming without evidence that the state’s 16 electoral votes were wrongly given to Biden. “He has no clue!” Trump tweeted of Raffensperger, saying the state official “was unwilling, or unable” to answer questions about a series of claims about ballot handling and voters that have been debunked or shot down by judges and election authorities.
With the Senate up for grabs, the candidates and outside groups supporting them have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the contests, deluging Georgia with television ads, mail, phone calls and door-knocking efforts. The Democratic candidates whose wins Tuesday would help clear roadblocks for the new administration’s agenda awaited a campaign visit from Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Offer, when asked about siding with the growing group of Senate Republicans seeking to contest the Electoral College count, said she was “looking very closely at it, and I’ve been one of the first to say, everything’s on the table.” She told “Fox News Sunday” that ” I’m fighting for this president because he’s fought for us. Warlock, the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta who has continued to preach as he campaigns for office, seemed to allude to the runoff in a message delivered Sunday.
He told viewers watching remotely due to the pandemic that they are “on the verge of victory” in their lives if they accept that God has already equipped them with the ability to overcome their adversaries. “When God is with you, you can defeat giants,” said Warlock, who ended the early morning service by encouraging Georgians to vote on Tuesday.
Offer was appointed to fill a vacancy when Republican Johnny Samson resigned his seat, and she will be in the Senate, win or lose this coming week, until the election is certified. Trump and Biden plan last-minute, in-person efforts Monday to mobilize voters after more than 3 million people cast ballots early.
The president continues to create turbulence for Offer and Purdue by questioning Biden’s narrow victory in Georgia and the reliability of the state’s election systems. Purdue, who is in quarantine after being exposed to a staff member with the coronavirus and won’t appear with Trump at Monday’s rally, said he would have joined the electoral challenge in the Senate if he had been in Washington.