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Oppression

JAMES R. HOLTER

Howard

This editorial is directed to the kneeling NFL players who disrespect America which gave them the opportunity to earn millions of dollars for about five months “work.” I understand they were protesting police oppression. I submit they don’t know what real oppression is so I will give them a little history lesson.

1. Real oppression is when in the early 1800s as the white settlers were moving west, they killed tens of thousands of Indians who protested the stealing of their land, destroying their way of life and the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of buffalo on which the indians depended for food and clothing.

2. Real oppression is when the U.S. Army rode into Indian camps and killed every man, woman and child.

3. Real oppression is when the U.S. government signed a treaty giving the Indians in the Dakotas land they considered sacred, but as soon as gold was discovered in the Black Hills, that treaty didn’t amount to a darn.

4. Real oppression is when hundreds of thousands of Indians were forced onto reservation land that was worthless for hunting or growing crops and were expected to be happy.

5. Real oppression was when any Indians left the reservation, they were rounded up by the Army and herded back to the reservation like cattle or killed, depending on the mood of the commanding officer.

6. Real oppression was the forced removal in 1938 of the Cherokee Indians from the southeast to Oklahoma in bad weather. This was a brutal trek in which nearly a quarter of the tribe died from hunger, exposure, disease and sheer exhaustion. This evil is often referred to as The Trail of Tears.

7. Real oppression was government appointed Indian agents who hated the Indians and gave them rotten and spoiled food.

8. Real oppression was an infamous saying in the old west: The only good Indian is a dead indian.

If Kaepernick and the others like him are so concerned about police brutality, why don’t they give up their multi-million dollar jobs and become policemen?

Walk in their shoes for a week or more so they can find out exactly what police officers face every single day.

God Bless all the policemen and women who work every day to protect us. Who — when about to go on duty — kiss their wife or husband and children goodbye, not knowing later in the day whether they will walk back into their house or be carried in a coffin. The police deserve our respect.

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