What an unforeseen resistance scenario! Millionaire athletes leading the political resistance against Trump. Ret. General John Kelly who was selected as Trump’s Chief of Staff to keep Trump sane and was described by the Washington Post as “not suffering idiots” has one on his hands. If he would get down on a knee now along with popular professional athletes, history books would identify him as a courageous leader. I am not holding my breath. Career military officers seldom can desert a lifetime of obedience. Those who do are rare and precious ‘birds.’
I see Golden State Warrior’s basketball superstar Steph Curry’s patriotic act in publicly refusing to pay homage to a racist and out-of-control president as a turning point in current American politics. His heart-felt statement and leadership of all professional athletes endorses and encourages the opposition to this uncouth president and his minions in the Republican Party. Our usually complacent citizens will see that resistance is possible and patriotic and it will give the quiet liberals a goose in the behind to get out in the streets again with our African American citizens.
Thank you Steph Curry. And here is how The Guardian reported your own words that bring outspoken resistance to the American people:
When asked why he wants to skip the visit and what the intended message would be, Curry was forceful in his response. “That we don’t stand for basically what our president has … the things that he’s said and the things that he hasn’t said in the right times, that we won’t stand for it,” Curry said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to. It’s not just the act of not going there. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion.
“You can talk about all the athletes that have said things and done things – from [Colin] Kaepernick to what happened with Michael Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change. We’re all trying to do what we can using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that, so that’s kind of where I stand on it. I don’t think us not going to the White House is going to miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”