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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Luke Combs has apologized for appearing with Confederate flags, saying he is now aware of how painful that flag is. Combs addressed the images during a conversation with singer Maren Morris on Wednesday during a panel for radio broadcasters about accountability in country music. It came weeks after another top country star Morgan Wallen was removed from radio stations and suspended by his label after being caught on video using a racial slur. Panel moderator and NPR music critic Ann Powers asked Combs about those images during a Q&A for the Country Radio Seminar, an annual country radio broadcasters conference, that was held online this year. “There’s no excuse for those images,” said Combs, a 30-year-old North Carolina singer-songwriter who has had two multiplatinum albums and several hit country songs. Combs said the images were from seven or eight years ago and as a...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country star Luke Combs has apologized for appearing with Confederate flags, saying he is now aware of how painful that flag is.Combs addressed the images during a conversation with singer Maren Morris on Wednesday during a panel for radio broadcasters about accountability in country music. It came weeks after another top country star Morgan Wallen was removed from radio stations and suspended by his label after being caught on video using a racial slur.Panel moderator and NPR music critic Ann Powers asked Combs about those images during a Q&A for the Country Radio Seminar, an annual country radio broadcasters conference, that was held online this year."There's no excuse for those images," said Combs, a 30-year-old North Carolina singer-songwriter who has had two multiplatinum albums and several hit country songs.Combs said the images were from seven or eight years ago and as a younger man, he did not...
    Country music superstar Luke Combs is apologizing for promoting the Confederate flag, saying “there is no excuse for those images.” Combs, 30, who hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, was asked about Confederate imagery during a panel discussion for the Country Radio Seminar, moderated by NPR music critic Ann Powers, according to the Associated Press. While fans are likely familiar with his association with the flag, musician Jeremy Ivey first called attention to Combs’ problematic history in a Feb. 1 tweet. “Any @lukecombs fans out there? Anybody care that he has multiple pics with confederate flags on his guitar and in his press photos? Why is this not a topic of discussion? We all knew he couldn’t write a song and Walmart was his fashion designer but guess what? He’s racist too,” Ivey wrote. Any @lukecombs fans out there? Anybody care that he has multiple pics...
    More On: confederate flag North Carolina stops issuing Confederate flag license plates Confederate flag-waving Capitol rioter and son arrested by feds FBI wants help finding rioter who waved Confederate flag while storming Capitol Confederate flag found outside Jewish museum in NYC Country music superstar Luke Combs is apologizing for promoting the Confederate flag, saying “there is no excuse for those images.” Combs, 30, who hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, was asked about Confederate imagery during a panel discussion for the Country Radio Seminar, moderated by NPR music critic Ann Powers, according to the Associated Press. While fans are likely familiar with his association with the flag, musician Jeremy Ivey first called attention to Combs’ problematic history in a Feb. 1 tweet. “Any @lukecombs fans out there? Anybody care that he has multiple pics with confederate flags on his guitar and in his press photos? Why is...
    LUKE Combs has asked for forgiveness and said he's "trying to get better" after a 2015 music video filled with confederate flags resurfaced. The country music singer has apologized for his actions which he deems as "inexcusable." 9Luke Combs took part in a music video filled with confederate flagsCredit: YouTube Luke, 30, admitted he was "now aware how painful that image can be to someone else" while taking part in a live stream Q&A on Wednesday. The North Carolina native showed remorse after a six-year-old old music video resurfaced where the confederate flag appeared several times among the set and background actors. In speaking with the annual Country Radio Seminar, the singer confessed: "I apologize for being associated with that. "Hate is not a part of my core values, and it's not something that I consider a part of myself at all. I'm just looking ... not to say, 'I'm...
    Country singer Luke Combs has apologized for his past use of the Confederate flag. Combs, 30, on Wednesday addressed resurfaced photos showing him with Confederacy imagery during a panel conversation about accountability in country music. Also in attendance was singer Maren Morris. "There's no excuse for those images," the singer told panel moderator Ann Powers of NPR. The photos included screenshots from a past music video Combs appeared in with artist Ryan Upchurch. According to People, the singer was seen "amid an array of Confederate battle flags, including one on a decal stuck to his guitar." VINCE GILL SPEAKS OUT ON MORGAN WALLEN CONTROVERSY, SAYS COUNTRY ISN'T JUST FOR 'CONSERVATIVE' 'WHITE AMERICA' Country artist Luke Combs says he wants to use his public platform 'for good' after addressing his past use of the Confederate flag. (Getty) Combs voiced his regret over the photos, which were reportedly from seven to eight...
    (CNN)Luke Combs has issued an apology for past use of the Confederate flag in his performances. Followers on social media pointed out that when the country star appeared in the music video for Ryan Upchurch's "Can I Get a Outlaw" in 2015, he was in front of a Confederate flag. He was also using an acoustic guitar that had a Confederate flag sticker on it.Any @lukecombs fans out there? Anybody care that he has multiple pics with confederate flags on his guitar and in his press photos? Why is this not a topic of discussion? We all knew he couldn't write a song and Walmart was his fashion designer but guess what? He's racist too. pic.twitter.com/vvolPR2CDw— Jeremy Ivey (@JeremyBlainIvey) February 2, 2021 "As I've grown in my time as an artist, and as the world has changed drastically in the last five to seven years, I am now aware how...
    Luke Combs. Chris Graythen/Getty Images The country singer apologized after images of him with the flag recently resurfaced.  "Hate is not a part of my core values," he said.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Country star Luke Combs responded to criticism about his past use of the Confederate flag on Wednesday, and apologized saying: "there is no excuse for those images." Footage of Combs with symbols of the Confederacy, including a 2015 music video where he performs in front of several Confederate battle flags, recently resurfaced online. Combs' apology comes as country music has begun an industry-wide examination of racism and the continued lack of diversity in the genre after footage of rising country star Morgan Wallen using a racist slur was published by TMZ.  During a conversation for the annual Country Radio Seminar, Combs said: "I apologize for being associated with that. Hate is not a...
    Andrew Cuomo Under Siege as Democrats Revolt Amid Reports of Federal Probe McConnell’s strategy has Republican Party in turmoil © Provided by People Luke Combs Luke Combs apologized Wednesday for photos that have recently resurfaced showing him with symbols of the Confederacy, saying "there is no excuse for those images." The photos, screenshots from a six-year-old music video that Combs appeared in with country rapper Ryan Upchurch, show the singer amid an array of Confederate battle flags, including one on a decal stuck to his guitar. "I apologize for being associated with that," Combs, 30, told broadcasters attending the annual Country Radio Seminar. "Hate is not a part of my core values, and it's not something that I consider a part of myself at all. I'm just looking ... not to say, 'I'm so sorry, please forgive me.' I'm here to say, 'I'm trying to learn. I'm trying...
    By KRISTIN M. HALL, AP Entertainment Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Luke Combs has apologized for appearing with Confederate flags, saying he is now aware of how painful that flag is. Combs addressed the images during a conversation with singer Maren Morris on Wednesday during a panel for radio broadcasters about accountability in country music. It came weeks after another top country star Morgan Wallen was removed from radio stations and suspended by his label after being caught on video using a racial slur. Panel moderator and NPR music critic Ann Powers asked Combs about those images during a Q&A for the Country Radio Seminar, an annual country radio broadcasters conference, that was held online this year. “There's no excuse for those images,” said Combs, a 30-year-old North Carolina singer-songwriter who has had two multiplatinum albums and several hit country songs. Combs said the images were from seven...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Luke Combs has apologized for appearing with Confederate flags, saying he is now aware of how painful that flag is. Combs addressed the images during a conversation with singer Maren Morris on Wednesday during a panel for radio broadcasters about accountability in country music. It came weeks after another top country star Morgan Wallen was removed from radio stations and suspended by his label after being caught on video using a racial slur. Panel moderator and NPR music critic Ann Powers asked Combs about those images during a Q&A for the Country Radio Seminar, an annual country radio broadcasters conference, that was held online this year. “There’s no excuse for those images,” said Combs, a 30-year-old North Carolina singer-songwriter who has had two multiplatinum albums and several hit country songs. Combs said the images were from seven or eight years...
    Swimsuit as a flag, Daniella Chavez models proud of her country | INSTAGRAM The beautiful Daniella Chávez is very proud to be originally from her country of Chile, where she was born, grew up and began to develop her dream of being an international model and now that she has achieved it, she cannot leave her origins behind, so she has to show him to the world that is proud to wear his flag in swimsuit mode. That’s right, the young woman used a Swimwear with the colors of the flag of the country of Chile so its use was divided into two colors, a red charm and a blue one with a white star in the middle, of course the lower part in white with some little details in color blue and red to make the perfect combination and being one of the most attractive swimsuits...
    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said there is 'no such thing as LGBT' after activists clashed with police during a month-long protest at an Istanbul university. 'The LGBT, there is no such thing,' Erdoğan said during a televised address to his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK) on Wednesday.  'This country is… moral, and it will walk to the future with these values.' Last week, activists hung a poster showing the Kaaba in Mecca, Islam's holiest site, draped in a rainbow flag, outside the office of an Erdogan-appointed rector.   Erdogan gave the university's top spot to former political candidate Melih Bulu, which is seen as undemocratic by the college's students and teachers. They are demanding his resignation.  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told members of his party 'there is no LGBT' during a televised address on Wednesday  Erdogan called the protesters 'terrorists' during his speech, adding they will...
    Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene continues her America First Agenda by cosponsoring Rep. Jeff Duncan’s Old Glory Only Act (H.R. 85), which would ensure that only the American flag flies over U.S. embassies. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene issued the following statement: “During my campaign for Congress, I promised that I would always put America First. That means that only the Stars and Stripes should fly over our embassies in foreign countries. President Biden’s State Department has already raised a flag over our embassies that doesn’t represent the vast majority of Americans. In the past, rogue members of the State Department flew the flag of the radical Marxist group, Black Lives Matter. The domestic terrorists represented by that flag have burned down our cities with the mission...
    Trump supporter Mark Leggiero drove 45 minutes Wednesday morning to meet up with fellow "patriots" to protest President Biden's inauguration peacefully. But when the 28-year-old arrived at the New York state Capitol building in Albany, he was in for a big letdown. Dressed in a black Trump T-shirt and holding a Trump flag, Leggiero was the only supporter who showed up. https://twitter.com/morganfmckay/status/1351934178493935620 In Utah, less than 10 people made their way to the state Capitol in Salt Lake City, where a large law enforcement presence dwarfed the handful of protesters. Local media reported that the area in front of the Capitol building was nearly empty except for a man who held an upside-down American flag with a Confederate flag on the other side. It was a similar scene in Maine and Arizona, where only a scattered few came out. Across the country, states had been on high...
    Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden calls for swift action while outlining .9 trillion virus relief package Porter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump's growing isolation as administration comes to an end MORE on Thursday said seeing photographs of rioters carrying the Confederate flag through the Senate hallways during last week’s pro-Trump siege at the Capitol was a reminder that “we still have a lot of work to do.” "It was the same thing that went through my mind when I saw Charlottesville. I mean, it's the same thing that went through my mind when I saw a picture of Emmett Till," Harris said in an NPR interview.  "Sadly, it is not the first time I have seen a demonstration like what you are describing in the history of our country," she added. "And and it is — it is a reminder that we still have...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Amid the American flags and Trump 2020 posters at the U.S. Capitol during last week’s insurrection were far more sinister symbols: A man walking the halls of Congress carrying a Confederate flag. Banners proclaiming white supremacy and anti-government extremism. A makeshift noose and gallows ominously erected outside. In many ways this hate-filled display was the culmination of many others over the past few years, including the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that gathered extremist factions from across the country under a single banner. “These displays of white supremacy are not new,” said Lecia Brooks, chief of staff of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “Now it’s just reached a fever pitch.” Extremist groups, including the pro-Trump, far-right, anti-government Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters, a loose anti-government network that’s part of the militia movement, were among those descending on the halls of power...
    The "Flag Called Freedom," a massive U.S. flag driven cross-country for display at the pro-Trump rally last week in Washington D.C., was swept up by the crowd and lost after Capitol Hill turned chaotic and rioters besieged Congress. Paul Veluscek, a 43-year-old Libertarian from Oregon, told Fox News Tuesday that he’s still hoping to track it down and get it back. The flag measures 30 feet by 60 feet and is worth about $3,000, Veluscek said. He bought it in November as an apolitical way to celebrate the country. MARYLAND DEPUTY PULLS OVER CAR, MEETS FAMILY DRIVING 'FLAG CALLED FREEDOM' ACROSS US "I just thought, either way this goes, whether Trump wins or Biden wins, the flag is the one thing that we should all as Americans be able to unite behind," he said. "And I thought well, maybe we’ll get this thing started now, and we’ll make this thing the...
    Hitsville USA: The 20 greatest Motown singles Year in Review: Fortune 500 Companies That Added the Most New Jobs in 2020 Russia gets new name, flag for first world championship under ban Russia will be known as “Russian Handball Federation Team” at its first senior-level world championship under a two-year sanction from displaying the country name alone on uniforms, using its anthem and displaying its flag at global championships. © Getty Images The world men’s handball championship starts Jan. 13 in Egypt. Russia, which placed 14th at the last worlds in 2019, is a wild-card entry. In addition to the team name change, Russia’s flag will instead be the logo of the nation’s handball federation without text. Its acronym will be RHF instead of the usual country code RUS. It will adhere to the clothing regulations set out in the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling: no use of...
    A Chinese space mission successfully unfurled the communist country’s flag on the moon, the state propaganda outlet Global Times announced Thursday. According to the Times, the Chang’e-5 probe unfurled the flag before taking off from the moon having obtained various samples of soil and rocks that will be brought back to earth. “The Chinese national flag shines an even brighter red from the moon, and from now on it will be a grand reminder for stargazers from all over the world of the excitement and inspiration we felt from Apollo missions more than half a century ago,” the outlet noted. “Right before the lift-off of Chang’e-5’s ascender from the lunar surface, the lander vehicle of the Chinese spacecraft unfolded the five-star red national flag, a genuine one made from fabrics, marking a first in the country’s aerospace history.” The outlet goes on to explain that the flag, which is about 79 inches wide and 35 inches...
    Fox News contributor Joey Jones on Thursday blasted the politicization of the American flag during President Trump’s time in office. “Listen, I fought a war under President Bush and President Obama. I wouldn’t vote for either one of them today. And I’m sure both of them left this country more divided than they found it. But neither one of them inspired me to disassociate myself with my love for this country,” Jones told “Fox & Friends.” “I think this is a ridiculous premise if you are so weak-minded and fragile of heart that you can’t love this country because of who the president is. You need to sit down, because if you are so scared to stand up for what you believe in when you are not winning, then you are not the person this country needs to fight for freedom or do what’s right or stand in the gap while the rest...
    After a devastating spring as the coronavirus made its way through the continent, marking some of the first and largest outbreaks, many European countries saw a summer of relative relief as case numbers fell and restrictions eased. But a somewhat relaxed season was quickly followed by another wave this fall, sending Europeans back into lockdowns and changing the landscape of the continent once again. [ MORE: U.S., China Draw Negative Views Abroad ]According to a survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center conducted before the continent began facing a wave of new cases this fall, however, most people in member nations of the European Union approved of how the bloc handled the COVID-19 pandemic. The study surveyed eight member nations, the United Kingdom, the United States and four other countries outside of Europe, gathering data between June and August of this year. Notably, the U.S. survey respondents' views contrast to the skeptical...
    PALMDALE (CBSLA) — Palmdale’s Healing and Honor Field was covered with patriotism and pride on Veterans Day, both on the ground and in the air. Since November 1, 2,020 American flags have been on display. The flags were purchased by people who wanted to recognize a hero – a veteran, current military member, first responder or medical professional. Each flag bears their name and service. Following Tuesday’s Veterans Day ceremony, many of the flags were taken home by the people they honor or their families. City officials say an estimated 1,000 people safely gathered to honor and to heal. “I live in Kern County and we drove down here to partake in this,” said World War II veteran Bob Slade. “We got a flag for a good friend of ours who passed away a little bit ago, it’s great, really enjoy it.” Henry Hearns, another World War II veteran, said this...
            by Ben Zeisloft   Harvard University hosted New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones for a virtual event, where she discussed the 1619 Project and said that her father’s patriotism “deeply embarrassed” her. The comment was made during a September 21 event where she spoke on the “pressing issues of race, civil rights, injustice, desegregation, and resegregation.” In the interview, Hannah-Jones recalled that she was “deeply embarrassed” that her father, who was born on a cotton plantation and served in the military, flew an American flag in her family’s yard. As she says in her Pulitzer Prize-winning essay, “So when I was young, that flag outside our home never made sense to me. How could this Black man, having seen firsthand the way his country abused Black Americans, how it refused to treat us as full citizens, proudly fly its banner? “I didn’t understand his patriotism. It deeply embarrassed me,” she...
    Entertainment : Alabama’s electorate backtracked from a position it took a few years ago and removed racist remnants of segregation from the state Constitution, which had already been declared unconstitutional by the courts. Rhode Island took a similar turn to eradicate the word “plantations” from the official name of the state. In a year in which discussions of racial justice have dominated American society like few others, five states voted to cleanse the public sphere of words, phrases and symbols that for many were painful reminders of the country’s history of slavery. and the systematic oppression of black people. In addition to the votes in Alabama and Rhode Island, Utah and Nebraska residents decided to remove unenforceable provisions from their constitutions that allowed slavery as punishment for criminal convictions. And Mississippi voters approved a state flag without the well-known X-shaped design of...
    Grammy-winning singer Lizzo, took to Instagram on US Election Day to post a picture of herself wearing no clothes but only a strategically placed American flag. She accompanied the post with a long note on how she is hopeful for the future of America despite all the inequalities. “When I think of this country I don’t think of its laws I think of its people. I think about how we were raised to be patriotic of violence, propaganda & war. US Election 2020: Kanye West VOTES for Himself As the Next President I think about how this country is owned by the oppressor and how the oppressed are locked in a valley of capitalism,” Lizzo captioned her nude picture post. “But I also think of the young people who refuse to be spoonfed mistruths. I think of the elders who bucked against hateful prejudices even when it felt impossible…Because...
    Lizzo is making one last push to get voters to the polls on Tuesday. The Grammy-winning performer and flutist, known for donning over-the-top garb intended to deliver messages of positivity and encouragement, did so again on Election Day and wrote a moving post on Instagram urging folks to make their vote heard. "When I think of this country, I don't think of its laws I think of its people," the former music journalist wrote as she shared a semi-nude photo of herself in an American flag suit which covered just half of her body. "I think about how we were raised to be patriotic of violence, propaganda & war. I think about how this country is owned by the oppressor and how the oppressed are locked in a valley of capitalism." Lizzo, 32, said she was optimistic that real change can be made in the country thanks to “young people” who “refuse to...
    Lewis Hamilton has been criticised by his former F1 rival Vitaly Petrov for being 'overzealous' in his approach to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Mercedes star Hamilton has been vocal in his support for the anti-racism campaign and has been wearing a 'Black Lives Matter' t-shirt on the grid all season to date. The six-time world champion recently escaped punishment for carrying the slogan: 'Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor,' in reference to the black woman who was killed by police in Kentucky in March, after winning the Tuscany Grand Prix earlier this month. Lewis Hamilton stood on the Mugello podium wearing a shirt calling for the arrest of police officers following the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor The Mercedes star has been accused of taking his Black Lives Matter gestures too far RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 20,000 fans will be...
    Megan Rapinoe on Saturday backed an Alabama women’s soccer player who kneeled during the national anthem prior to her match. Rapinoe, one of the most famous soccer players in the world, responded to an emotional statement tweeted by Crimson Tide player Taylor Morgan. MEGAN RAPINOE ON RUTH BADER GINSBURG'S DEATH: 'THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO HONOR THIS INCREDIBLE WOMAN. FIGHT.' “We are with you (Taylor Morgan) keep walking in that strength, and doing the right thing. #BlackLivesMatter,” Rapinoe tweeted. Morgan was seen kneeling Saturday during the anthem alongside other teammates. After the game, she responded to what she called “the hateful fans comments” in a lengthy statement. GERMAN SOCCER CLUB PUT UP 37 GOALS ON OPPONENT AFTER CORONAVIRUS FEARS ROSE BEFORE MATCH “My choice to kneel before today’s game was one of the easiest decisions that I’ve ever had to make. By kneeling, it was in no way meant as a disrespect to...
    A U.S. Air Force Veteran quit his grocery store job when he found out he could not wear his American flag face covering. 69-year-old Gary Dean, who worked at Food Lion in Havelock, N.C., received word that his face covering, which had a print of an American flag on it, was prohibited by the company which does not allow employees to wear “clothing with writing, insignia, or symbols,” according to ABC 6, Philadelphia. An Air Force veteran said he quit his job in Havelock, North Carolina, when he was told he could not wear an American flag face covering.​ https://t.co/dXqMY8Lch8 — ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) September 3, 2020 Dean said he had worn the mask for months, per the report. “I love this country,” he said. “I love that my dad went off and fought for my country, nearly got killed for this country but came back and raised...
    Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton opens up about his faith, family and love for the American flag on Fox Nation's "The Pursuit! with John Rich." Hamilton was chosen to carry the flag in the Opening Ceremony of the 1980 Winter Olympics after his mom died of cancer and he decided to compete in her honor. "What does it feel like to carry or wear our country's colors, representing our country in those moments as an athlete?" Fox Nation host and country music star John Rich asked. "There's nothing like it," said Hamilton, a retired U.S. figure skater who won gold in 1984 Olympics. "I've never felt anything like that in my life. It's just beyond description," he said. VideoHamilton remembers standing on the podium, getting a gold medal placed around his neck, wearing red, white and blue, as the American flag was raised and the national anthem played as tears streamed down his face....
    President Trump bashed the "highly political" NBA and encouraged other sports to learn a lesson from the league's foray into politics. "People are tired of watching the highly political @NBA. Basketball ratings are WAY down, and they won’t be coming back. I hope football and baseball are watching and learning because the same thing will be happening to them. Stand tall for our Country and our Flag!!!" Trump tweeted Tuesday. People are tired of watching the highly political @NBA. Basketball ratings are WAY down, and they won’t be coming back. I hope football and baseball are watching and learning because the same thing will be happening to them. Stand tall for our Country and our Flag!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2020 Viewership of the playoff games has fallen this year. The game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers on...
    Madison Cawthorn, who is running as a Republican to represent North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, took part in the third night of the Republican National Convention, where he shared his message for love of country. Cawthorn, who was left partially paralyzed after a car accident in 2014, focused primarily on young leaders in America. “At 18 years old, I was in a horrific car accident that left me paralyzed from the waist down,” Cawthorn recalled. “Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a one percent chance of surviving, but thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community, and many skilled doctors, I made it. It took me over a year to recover.” “My first public outing in a wheelchair was to a professional baseball game,” Cawthorn said. “Before my accident, I was 6’ 3”. I stood out in a crowd. But as I was wheeled through the stadium, I felt invisible. At 20,...
    In a weekend interview, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell exclaimed that he believes that anthem protests are “not about the flag” and wishes he had “listed” to Colin Kaepernick earlier. Goodell issued his lamentations on FS1 host Emmanuel Acho’s YouTube series, “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man,” on Sunday. Acho brought up Goodell’s admission in June that the league badly handled the national anthem protests starting in 2016 when Kaepernick first began his protests. In June, Goodell said it was “wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.” But Acho pointed out that Goodell did not specifically mention Kaepernick in that June “apology,” and he wondered if the commissioner had anything to add to that apology now. “Well, the first thing I’d say is I wish we had listened earlier, Kaep, to what you were kneeling about and what you were trying...
    Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, is now apologizing for her 2016 criticism of Colin Kaepernick’s protests against the country during the national anthem. The NFL wife took to her Instagram account in abject apology for her initial patriotic reaction to Kaepernick’s anthem protests. She is now vowing to go all in to fight “systemic racism” and “social injustice.” In her Sunday morning post, Stafford says her note is something the couple has “been thinking and talking about for several months.” Then she apologized for “not listening” to those who have claimed that the protests against the country were never about the flag or the military. The post also tells fans that she and her husband pledged a $350,000 donation to “endow a social justice program for UGA Athletics.” View this post on Instagram This is something that Matthew and I have been...
    Former National Hockey League (NHL) star Jeremy Roenick told Fox News’ “Watters’ World” that he doesn’t approve of players kneeling during the national anthem. “I wasn’t for it when Kaepernick did it and I’m not for it now,” Roenick told guest-host Brian Kilmeade, referring to former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the trend in 2016. “I’m a huge lover of our country. I’m a huge lover of our flag, our national anthem.” WATCH: Roenick said that Black Lives Matter “has a great message” about racial injustice, but argued that there’s “a time and a place to make a message.” “We all have to work to make this world a better place for everyone but not when it comes to our flag,” he said. “Not when it comes to being our country where millions of people – men and women – have sacrificed their lives. They’ve given the...
    Professional athletes kneeling in protest during the national anthem continues to not sit well with former National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Jeremy Roenick, who appeared on "Watters' World" Saturday. "I wasn’t for it when [former NFL quarterback Colin] Kaepernick did it and I’m not for it now. I’m a huge lover of our country," Roenick told guest host Brian Kilmeade. "I’m a huge lover of our flag, our national anthem. I think there is a time and a place to make a message." BRONCOS' VON MILLER LAMENTS FAILING TO STAND TALLER WITH COLIN KAEPERNICK IN RACIAL INJUSTICE PROTESTS Roenick, who played 20 seasons in the NHL, was sympathetic to the Black Lives Matters cause, but expressed his discomfort with NHL and NBA players protesting the American flag. "I think the Black Lives Matter has a great message and I think the racial inequality is something that we all have to...
    NBA Lakers forward responds to the president of the United States LeBron James took advantage of the press conference after the loss of the Lakers to the Thunder to make clear, once again, his political and social stance. And did it again Charging against Donald Trump, who hours before had attacked NBA players for their social involvement and the fact that they kneel during the interpretation of the American anthem. A gesture that players use to protest racism present in American society, but which Trump finds it disrespectful towards the country’s flag: “When I see people kneeling during the game and not respecting our flag and our national anthem, what I personally do is turn off the game”he explained in a telephone interview on the Fox News program ‘Fox & Friends’. LeBron comments after President Trump says he will no longer watch the NBA. (: @BenGolliver) pic.twitter.com/yY0CRvEUt6 ?...
    President Donald Trump said Wednesday in an interview he believed the activist group Black Lives Matter was a “Marxist group.” Trump recalled the mantra of Black Lives Matter when they first started chanting “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon.” “All of a sudden this has taken on this air of great respectability,” he said. “Well, how does it start there? It’s a Marxist group that is not looking at good things for this country.” The president spoke about the group in a phone interview with Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning. Corporate interests have donated over a billion dollars Black Lives Matter in response to the George Floyd protests that occurred in the summer, despite their radical agenda. Major League sports have also rallied to their cause, as the majority of coaches and athletes are now kneeling during the national anthem in protest. “I think it’s disgraceful,” Trump...
    On Sunday, upset by the scene in Portland where leftist activists burned Bibles, former NFL star and Heisman Trophy Winner Herschel Walker called out professional sports for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, asserting, “I don’t think that’s right.” Walker, who graduated his high school as the valedictorian and won the Heisman Trophy in 1982 to become the only player in NCAA history to finish in the top three in Heisman voting in all three of his collegiate seasons, stated, “For the first time in a long time I stopped in the middle of my workout because last night I saw something that really, really disturbed me. I saw a bunch of people holding a BLM sign burning the Holy Bible. Burning the flag of the United States of America, also burning a cross. And I started thinking that NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB: is this the people you’re supporting right...
    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he “will always stand for the flag” following his comments on kneeling during the national anthem earlier this summer. Brees kicked off his first training camp news conference on Saturday with a prepared statement, saying he supports players who kneel in protest of racial injustice but that he personally will stand. He said that he “will always stand for the flag because of what it means to me, and to honor all those who have sacrificed, who have served and died for our country, and all those who have struggled to move this country forward.” The player sparked controversy in June when he told Yahoo Finance that he would "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.” He later apologized for the comments, saying it broke his heart “to know the pain I have...
    Justin K. Aller/Getty Images Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt. Last week Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt attracted national attention when he announced: ‘I’m not kneeling for the flag.’ The message came as part of a tweet storm that addressed a range of issues, including NFL players getting taken advantage of financially. More recently Tuitt elaborated on his position, this time via Instagram, explaining why he stands for the flag while also adding thoughts about police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement. Specifically, he said: “I stand for the flag because I am a proud American. Like previously stated, this country has provided and rewarded my family in so many ways through our perseverance and hard work. I will continue to honor my country and be an example to my children to stand for what they believe in.”Stephon Tuitt on Police Brutality, Black Lives MatterThen...
    On Saturday, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees spoke to local media as NFL pre-season training begins to ramp up. Brees opened with a statement regarding the controversy surrounding his June 3 interview with Yahoo Finance during which he was asked about anthem-kneeling. The quarterback stated that he has always “felt compelled to serve,” which is allegedly why he and his wife moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. After expressing that his time in the city has been incredibly “rewarding,” Brees addressed the interview directly. NOLA has provided the following partial transcript: Going back to my comment on June 3, to think for a second that New Orleans or the state of Louisiana or the black community would think that I was not standing with them for social justice, that completely broke my heart. It was crushing. Never, ever would I feel that way. I recognize that I missed an opportunity...
    Pregnant woman killed in Columbia, Maryland; baby in critical condition This Beloved Fast-Food Taco Restaurant Is Seeing Sales Plummet Drew Brees: Anthem comments hurt a lot of people, but will stand for flag It’s been an offseason of learning for Drew Brees. The comments he made about never respecting anyone who kneels during the anthem sparked outrage across the NFL and all sports, especially among Black players. Ever since, he’s been on a journey to make up for the hurt he caused. Brees spoke to the the media via conference call on Saturday morning, and before talking football or training camp or COVID-19, he addressed his June comments. Brees’ statement to the mediaHere are Brees’ full remarks, via nola.com: "I've always been someone who has felt compelled to serve. It's the main reason why Brittany and I came to New Orleans. That was a time when I really wasn't...
    In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) holds his hand to his heart during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he will continue to stand for the American flag but respects and supports any form of peaceful demonstration — including kneeling during the national anthem — by those protesting social injustice and systemic racism. “I’ll always stand for the flag because of what it means to me and to honor all those who have sacrificed, who have served and died for our country, and all those who have struggled to move this country forward,” Brees said Saturday in a conference call with media to discuss the onset of training camp. “I acknowledge and respect anyone who chooses to kneel or...
    Georgia Governor Extends COVID Restrictions But Hasnt Changed Policy on Mask Mandates CDC says another salmonella outbreak in 34 states linked to red onions Brees will stand for anthem, but respects those who kneel NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he will continue to stand for the American flag but respects and supports any form of peaceful demonstration — including kneeling during the national anthem — by those protesting social injustice and systemic racism. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) holds his hand to his heart during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in New Orleans. The 41-year-old Brees, who is the NFL's all-time leader in yards passing, completions and touchdowns, is entering his 20th NFL season and 15th with the New Orleans Saints. (AP...
    Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt reiterated his stance on standing for the national anthem in a lengthy Instagram message on Thursday. Amid MLB players kneeling during the national anthem and NBA players concocting plans to kneel ahead of Tuitt’s post, the NFL player made it clear that no one was going to deter him away from putting his hand over his heart during “The Star-Spangled Banner” on game days during the 2020 season and beyond. NBA'S ADAM SILVER SUPPORTS PLAYERS KNEELING DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM, WON'T ENFORCE LEAGUE RULE ON STANDING “I stand for the flag because I am a proud American,” he wrote. “Like previously stated, this country has provided and rewarded my family in so many ways through our perseverance and hard work. I will continue to honor my country and be an example to my children to stand for what they believe in. In regards to police...
    A woman approached a group of Evanston, Indiana, beachgoers earlier this week and railed against them for using a Confederate flag towel as they lounged on Lighthouse Beach. The incident was caught on video and quickly went viral. An unidentified black male, however, interrupted her filming and completely changed the tenor of the argument. What are the details? According to the Chicago-Sun Times, the woman — identified as LaShandra Smith-Rayfield — shared video of herself confronting the beachgoers on Facebook. In the video, Smith-Rayfield can be heard telling the group that she was uncomfortable by the presence of the Confederate flag on a towel. "That flag right there is my swastika," Smith-Rayfield can be heard telling the group, insisting that she can't feel comfortable in her own neighborhood because of the towel. "[It's] a racist symbol of hate," she insisted. As Smith-Rayfield railed against...
    Why is Russia’s closest international ally, Belarus, suddenly accusing Moscow of trying to infiltrate the country with military contractors to destabilize it ahead of its most contested election in decades? On Wednesday, Belarus’ security service—still known as the KGB—announced that 200 militants had crossed the country’s open border with Russia and that it had arrested 33 of them.  The country’s president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, accused Russia—Belarus’ biggest economic trading partner—of making excuses to explain away its “dirty intentions” in an unusually strongly worded address given at a meeting with his security council in Minsk. 
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt took to social media to further explain why he will not kneel during the national anthem this upcoming season. In a post on his verified Instagram account on Thursday, Tuitt made his feelings clear. “I stand for the flag because I am a proud American. Like previously stated, this country has provided and rewarded my family in so many ways through our perseverance and hard work. I will continue to honor my country and be an example to my children to stand for what they believe in,” the post reads. Earlier in the week on his verified Twitter account, Tuitt said, “I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that.” Also I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that. My grandmother was a immigrant from the Carribean and...
    Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt says when and if his teammates kneel during the national anthem before games this year, he won't be joining them. “ ... I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that,” Tuitt tweeted on Monday. “My grandmother was a immigrant from the Carribean and age [sic] worked her ass off to bring 20 people over the right way. She had no money and educated herself to be a nurse. She living good now.” In a separate Twitter post, sent just minutes earlier, Tuitt said, "I think alot of Athletes need to stop worrying about the public and people who tell them what to do with their money and educated themselves." Also I’m not kneeling for the flag and screw anybody who have a problem with that. My grandmother was a immigrant from the Carribean...
    Hall of Fame NFL coach Mike Ditka said athletes who kneel during the national anthem should “get the hell out of the country.” After strongly criticizing former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others for starting the solidarity movement with Black Lives Matter back in 2016, the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd hasn’t changed Ditka’s outlook. “If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country,” Ditka said during an interview with TMZ on Sunday. “That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned,” the former broadcaster went on. “So, I’m only going to say what I feel … You don’t protest against the flag, and you don’t protest against this country who’s given you the opportunities to make a living playing a sport that you never thought would happen. So, I don’t want to hear all the crap.” Floyd’s death on Memorial Day...
    Mike Ditka didn’t hold back. The Chicago Bears legend and NFL Hall of Famer said he opposed players kneeling for the national anthem, and as the chairman of the X League -- a women’s tackle football organization, previously known as the Legends Football League -- he said he wouldn’t want players in the league protesting in that fashion. NFL PLANNING TO ALLOW SOCIAL JUSTICE DECALS ON HELMETS “If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the he-- out of the country,” Ditka said in an interview with TMZ Sports. “That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned, so I’m only going to say what I feel.” Ditka’s comments came after New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees initially said he would never agree with anyone disrespecting the flag, but after he received a ton of backlash from fans and players across the league, Brees changed his stance on the topic. Other athletes...
    A World War II veteran in Torrington, Connecticut, is giving lessons about patriotism to anyone who will listen. Ninety-five-year-old John Mastrocola takes his American flag and sits in a lawn chair on his sidewalk every morning at 8 a.m., according to Fox 61. “I am one of the very few World War II veterans left, so before I leave I want them to remember John ‘never surrender’ Mastrocola,'” he told the outlet. The U.S. Navy veteran waves the flag at passersby for several hours each day because not enough people respect the flag or the country, he said. “This is what I fought for. Once you disrespect the flag, the country goes down the tubes,” Mastrocola explained. The veteran was awarded the SAR Flag Certificate by the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on July 2, according to the society’s Facebook page: “Weather permitting, John can be found...
    John Mastrocola, a 95-year-old World War II veteran, grabs his cane, a chair and an American flag every day at 8 a.m. and goes out to sit beside the sidewalk to wish his community a patriotic good morning, according to local reports. “I am one of the very few World War II veterans left so before I leave I want them to remember John 'Never Surrender' Mastrocola,” the Torrington, Conn., resident told Hartford-based Fox 61. He spends a couple of hours curbside every morning because he wants more people to respect both the flag and the country, the outlet reported. Mastrocola served in the Navy during World War II. (Courtesy FOX61) “This is what I fought for,” he said. “And once you disrespect the flag, the country goes down the tubes.” Mastrocola was in the Navy during World War II, according to the Connecticut Society of the Sons...
    For more than 50 nights, Gabriel Johnson, 48, a retired Marine, has been kept awake by the sounds of rioting and explosions taking place outside his window in Portland, Ore. After two months of living in fear, at 3 a.m. Sunday he had had enough and said, “at that point I [had] counted 82 explosions and just thought, you know, somebody has to do something.” Living only a block away from the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in downtown Portland, which has become an epicenter of violence that has overtaken the city, Johnson marched into the chaos with his American flag in hand. PORTLAND BANS POLICE FROM WORKING WITH FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT  While he expected his actions would be divisive to some, the retired Marine was not prepared for the reaction he got. “I was being called the N-word by Black people. People were chasing me around with baseball...
    Saying that these protests have “never been about the flag,” Major League Baseball became the most recent pro sport to condone protests during the national anthem. On Monday, members of the New York Giants took a knee during the national anthem for a game against the Oakland A’s played before a stadium filled with cardboard cut-outs of fans. The San Francisco Giants proudly tweeted images of the players and coaches protesting against the country on Monday: #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/cypjLQfoIZ — SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 21, 2020 The league itself gave the protest its official imprimatur with its own tweet of the players kneeling: Members of the @SFGiants kneel during the National Anthem. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/QbvAvCZiEs — MLB (@MLB) July 21, 2020 But the league did not stop there. Using its official Twitter account, MLB refuted fans’ assertions that the league is now condoning attacks on the flag and our troops. In one...
    If you have difficulty getting through interviews with Donald Trump. Brace yourself for his latest. On Fox News Sunday, Trump discussed a variety of topics with host Chris Wallace this morning including his take on the Confederate flag. Not only did he defend his stance against removing Confederate symbols and statutes throughout the country, but he added the flag did not offend him because it serves as a representation of the South—once again failing to acknowledge its racist history. “When people proudly hang their Confederate flags, they’re not talking about racism. They love their flag, it represents the South,” Trump said. He even had the audacity to attempt to compare it to movements against racial injustice. “I’m not offended, either, by Black Lives Matter,” Trump said. “That’s freedom of speech.” This statement, like others made by Trump,  contradicts former allegations he has made including calling a Black Lives Matter sign in New York a...
    If you have difficulty getting through interviews with Donald Trump. Brace yourself for his latest. On Fox News Sunday, Trump discussed a variety of topics with host Chris Wallace this morning including his take on the Confederate flag. Not only did he defend his stance against removing Confederate symbols and statutes throughout the country, but he added the flag did not offend him because it serves as a representation of the South—once again failing to acknowledge its racist history. "When people proudly hang their Confederate flags, they're not talking about racism. They love their flag, it represents the South,” Trump said. He even had the audacity to attempt to compare it to movements against racial injustice. "I'm not offended, either, by Black Lives Matter," Trump said. "That's freedom of speech." This statement, like others made by Trump,  contradicts former allegations he has made including calling a Black Lives Matter sign in...
    Five years after the removal of the Confederate flag on South Carolina statehouse grounds, two groups of demonstrators, one against the flag and one for it, rallied at the site. Calling the mourning of the flag's removal "crazy," Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright questioned why the United States doesn't elevate parts of history "we're all proud of," instead of Confederate symbols. "That flag and some of these statues and names have been used to slap people like me, who look like me, who have the experiences of me, in the face, and I think we have to move on from those places in our history," Seawright, a CBS News political analyst, said on CBSN Friday.  South Carolina legislators voted to take down the flag in 2015 after nine parishoners at a historic Black church in Charleston were killed by a white supremacist who had taken pictures posing with the flag.  Get Breaking News...
    Eminem has started yet another rap beef with, uh, Drew Brees? The Detroit emcee threw in a harsh line about Brees as part of his appearance on Kid Cudi’s new song, “The Adventures of Moon Man and Slim Shady,” which was released late Thursday. Eminem gives a shoutout to New Orleans rapper Lil’ Wayne, who also goes by the name Lil’ Tunechi, before lashing out at the Saints quarterback. MORE: ESPN’s Maria Taylor delivers passionate response to Drew Brees’ apology From Eminem’s verse: I had hoop dreams, now I shoot threesGot a little green, but I don’t do weedPurp nor lean, that’s TunechiThat’s New Orleans, f— Drew Brees It’s unclear exactly why Eminem decided to attack Brees, but his words are likely a reaction to Brees’ feelings about NFL players kneeling in protest of racial injustice and police brutality during the national anthem. “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the...
    Dukes of Hazzard co-stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat addressed the long-time controversy over the show's iconic General Lee car, saying political correctness has gone too far as protests mount over the Confederate flag that the famed vehicle features prominently on its roof.  Both stars defended the customized 1969 Dodge Charger used by the hit action and comedy show about cousins Bo and Luke Duke, former moonshiners who live in rural Georgia.  The car, named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee, has enjoyed its own popularity as much as the actors, becoming a crowd pleaser at fan and collectors conventions.  Dukes of Hazzard co-stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat (left to right) addressed the long-time controversy over the show's iconic General Lee car, saying political correctness has gone too far as protests mount over the Confederate flag on the vehicle's roof  Schneider (left) and Wopat (right) defended the...
    If you feel like cringing uncontrollably, watch this video of two girls at a swimming pool over the weekend singing about how they are “ashamed to be American” because “not all folks are free” and “this ain’t our land.” Similar sentiments were expressed by a group of protesters in DC who burned an American flag on July 4th while chanting that the flag represents “slavery, genocide, and war” and that “America was never great.” The flag-burners are fortunate that they live in this terrible place. If they’d pulled that stunt in many other countries across the globe, they’d have been dead or in handcuffs before they finished their chant. In India, for example, you can be arrested just for wearing the flag on your clothing, much less burning it in the middle of the street. Flag desecration laws in Saudi Arabia are so strict that even lowering it to half mast is...
    Last month, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt excoriated fans who called Colin Kaepernick anti-American, but Watt has been mysteriously silent since Kaepernick tweeted that the Independence Day holiday is a celebration of “white supremacy.” In June, slammed fans who call Kaepernick’s anthem protests an example of hate for America, the flag, and our veterans. Watt insisted that “you aren’t listening,” if you still believe the anthem protests are about the flag or the military. But Watt has been completely silent about Kaeprnick’s July 4 tweet calling our Independence Day holiday a “white supremacist” celebration. As to who is “not listening,” it could be argued that Watt is the one refusing to listen to Colin Kaepernick. After all, as far back as 2016, Kaepernick himself said that he could never “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.” Kaepernick...
    Bradley Cortright July 6, 2020 0 Comments During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany fielded several questions about President Donald Trump’s stance on the Confederate flag. But as she concluded her briefing, she lashed out reporters for not asking about a spike in shootings in cities around the country in recent weeks.  “Finally, I would end with this: I was asked probably 12 questions about the Confederate flag. This president is focused on action. I’m a little dismayed that I didn’t receive one question on the deaths in this country this weekend,” McEnany said. She continued, “I didn’t receive one question about New York City shootings doubling for the third straight week, and over the last seven days, shootings skyrocket by 142%. Not one question. I didn’t receive one question about five children who were killed.”Watch the video below: Cities around the country saw an uptick in gun violence over...
    At Monday’s White House Press briefing, White House Press Secretary Kaleigh McEnany, disgusted with the flurry of questions from reporters that ignored violence around the country and instead focused on the Confederate flag, finally had had enough. Concluding the briefing, she said levelly: Finally, I’d end with this: I was asked probably twelve questions about the Confederate flag. This president’s focused on action. I’m a little dismayed that I didn’t receive one question on the deaths that we got in this country this weekend. I didn’t receive one question about New York City shootings doubling for the third straight week and over the last seven days, shootings skyrocket by 142%. Not one question. I didn’t receive one question about five children who were killed. And I’ll leave you with this remark by a dad; it broke my heart. A dad of an eight-year-old lost in Atlanta this weekend: “They say...
    The North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans raised a huge Confederate flag over Interstate 40 in Burke County in response to statues and monuments which have been removed after George Floyd protests.  The group raised the 30x40-foot flag on to an 80-foot flag pole on the Fourth of July with help from as many as 80 volunteers.   The flag was erected on private property, and in the absence of local ordinances that would require its removal, cannot be touched by public officials.  The Sons of Confederate Veterans plans to erect several more flags around the state to remember history as well as their ancestry, the group said.  The North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans raised a huge Confederate flag (pictured) over Interstate 40 in Burke County in response to statues and monuments which have been removed after George Floyd protests The group raised the 30x40-foot flag on to an...
    Far-left “anti-fascist” and Black Lives Matters (BLM) activists stomped and danced on the United States flag Saturday as part of a Fourth of July protest in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. The activists were caught on camera by Breitbart News stomping and dancing the Cha-Cha Slide on the flag. A number of those in attendance appeared to be affiliated with Refuse Fascism, an Antifa group founded in 2017 to combat President Donald Trump’s administration. Others in the crowd were also seen wearing BLM t-shirts and identified themselves as supporters of the cause. “This flag has hurt so many of us, so come step on this flag,” one of the activists is heard, encouraging protesters to join in denigrating the flag, according to video captured by Breitbart News. “Get [this flag] dirty, that what this flag is, it’s dirty, it represents filth, greed, crime.” The protest was one of...
    July 4 is a good time to reflect on the meaning of patriotism, especially as President Donald Trump proclaims “America First” and “Make America Great Again.” As both a candidate and as president, Trump has consistently confused patriotism and nationalism. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, patriotism is a “love for or devotion to one’s country.”  In contrast, nationalism is a “sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups.” Trump has consistently questioned the patriotism of anyone who disagrees with him and label them unpatriotic socialists. At a campaign rally  in Tampa, as his cult followers chanted “build that wall,” Trump interrupted his speech to give a bear hug to an American flag on the stage behind him—apparently to demonstrate his patriotism. At a speech to the...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. July 4 is a good time to reflect on the meaning of patriotism, especially as President Donald Trump proclaims “America First” and “Make America Great Again.” As both a candidate and as president, Trump has consistently confused patriotism and nationalism. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, patriotism is a “love for or devotion to one’s country.”  In contrast, nationalism is a “sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups.” Trump has consistently questioned the patriotism of anyone who disagrees with him. Indeed, long-time Republican activist John Pitney entitled his new book, Un-American: The Fake Patriotism of Donald J. Trump. At...
    Amanda Marcotte July 3, 2020 7:30PM (UTC) Of the many images that flowed out of Ferguson, Missouri, during the 2014 Black Lives Matter protests that erupted in response to the police shooting Michael Brown, by far the most iconic is Robert Cohen's photo of Edward Crawford throwing a tear gas canister. The police had fired the canister at the protesters: In a series of photos that won him a Pulitzer Prize, Cohen captured Crawford rushing forward, scooping up the flaming canister up, and throwing it back at police. The image was arresting for many reasons: Crawford's stirring courage, the brightness of the flames, the fierce pitcher's posture that Crawford struck as he protected protesters from the tear gas. But one undeniable aspect of the photograph's power is that Crawford is clad in an American flag shirt. : As the podcast "Criminal" recently documented, the image was printed on T-shirts and turned into murals, and it's...
    “Performative patriotism” is a fancy way of describing what my father — a veteran of World War II who rarely spoke about his service — called “jelly-bellied flag flappers.” Dad always laughed at those phonies, but we now suffer a president who is exactly that type, only worse. And Donald Trump’s flag-flapping fakery is no joke. A performative patriot is someone who, like Trump, oversells his supposed love of country, his reverence for the Stars and Stripes and, especially, his indignation at those whom he suspects of lacking his deep fervor. Such a figure will, like Trump, attempt to market these counterfeit emotions for his own benefit. And like Trump, that loud jingo is someone whose character will lead to a betrayal of American values. Sooner or later, the true nature of the performative patriot inevitably emerges. Americans have observed this unwholesome process with Trump, whose fascistic impulses were all...
    Wednesday on ABC’s “The View,” owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban said players kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racism in law enforcement was a “beautiful thing.” Co-host Sunny Hostin said, “While the NBA is reportedly going to paint black lives matter on the courts, they haven’t signaled any willingness to reverse their nearly 40-year-old rule against kneeling during the national anthem. You defended that policy, Mark, in 2017, but now you say you support players kneeling, and you’ll kneel with players if the opportunity arises. What changed for you, and do you think players, even you, could be punished for kneeling?” Cuban said, “You know, we’ll see what the NBA comes down in terms of the actual rules, but we’re in a different time. Things are changing. The last five weeks have seen a dramatic shift in how people in this country are responding to systemic racism....
    When is it? July 1 is Canada Working day. How did it get started? July 1 commemorates the joining of Canada’s primary 3 provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Canada province, which is now Ontario and Quebec) as one country in 1867. The holiday getaway was formerly called Dominion Day, for the Dominion of Canada in the British empire. Why is Canada’s flag a maple leaf? The Canadian land was handed around to Britain after France shed significantly of it after the French and Indian War in the 1700s. The territory flew the British flag till it was agreed it essential its have flag, so the British flag was minimized to the upper remaining corner and a crest was included on the correct facet. Nevertheless, it was felt a different flag was wanted to improved reflect the country’s self-governance. The look for grew to become much more concentrated...
    (CNN)Canada Day is exactly what it sounds like: a federal holiday to celebrate the country and show off national pride. When is it?July 1 is Canada Day. How did it start?July 1 commemorates the joining of Canada's original three provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Canada province, which is now Ontario and Quebec) as one nation in 1867. The holiday was previously called Dominion Day, for the Dominion of Canada in the British empire. Read MoreWhy is Canada's flag a maple leaf?The Canadian land was handed over to Britain after France lost much of it after the French and Indian War in the 1700s. The territory flew the British flag until it was agreed it needed its own flag, so the British flag was minimized to the upper left corner and a crest was added on the right side. However, it was felt another flag was needed to better...
    Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) signaled on Tuesday that he would sign a bill officially retiring the current flag of the state that includes the flag of the Confederacy sewn into it. Sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody at the end of May, protestors nationwide have been calling for an end to public displays of the Confederacy and have even taken action to remove its symbols. Throughout the country, demonstrators have toppled Confederate statues and monuments as many Americans demand the rooting out of systemic racism. As a result, Mississippi – the only state in the country that has the Confederate logo on its flag – has received lots of pressure to change its flag. The state's flag has born the Confederate symbol since 1894, even though nearly 40 percent of its population is Black. Throughout the years, the flag has...
    Country music star Faith Hill urged the Mississippi state legislature to change the state’s flag. Hill took to Twitter on Thursday to share her views on the flag. The current state flag of Mississippi features a confederate emblem. To the Mississippi legislature: It’s time to change the state flag. I am a proud MS girl and I love my home state. When I think of Mississippi, I think of my mom and dad, the church I grew up in, high school football, and where I fell in love with music. — Faith Hill (@FaithHill) June 25, 2020 “To the Mississippi legislature: It’s time to change the state flag,” Hill tweeted. “I am a proud MS girl and I love my home state. When I think of Mississippi, I think of my mom and dad, the church I grew up in, high school football, and where I fell in love...
    Speaking to Maureen Dowd of The New York Times, Gregg Popovich, the coach of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, an outspoken opponent of President Trump, stated of the American flag, “The flag is irrelevant. It’s just a symbol that people glom onto for political reasons.” The Times’ headline for Dowd’s piece sets the strident tone for the article as it not only refers to Popovich as “America’s Coach” but also named Trump “America’s Cretin,” reading: “An Anti-Trump Slam Dunk: On the issue of race, America’s Coach boxes out America’s Cretin.” Dowd calls Popovich, whose Spurs have won the NBA title five times, “an NBA legend,” opining that he is “open-minded, principled and curious as Trump is narrow-minded, unprincipled and incurious” before she segues to asking him questions such as whether “the law-and-order militaristic approach can work for Cadet Bone Spurs in the campaign.” Popovich answers, “I honestly do. I feel...
    Thousands of protesters — all dressed in white — gathered in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon to rally in support of the black transgender population. An enormous sea of people packed outside the Brooklyn Museum for the massive demonstration, according to footage posted to social media by @JibreelJalloh. “Black trans power matters … And we’re taking that message to the streets today,” an organizer told the protesters over a loudspeaker, the footage shows. The Brooklyn rally kicked off around the same time as a Black Lives Matter protest in Upper Manhattan — just one of dozens in New York and across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s police custody death. The Manhattan protest, which originated in Washington Heights’ Mitchell Square Park, drew hundreds of demonstrators before swelling into the thousands after merging with a second rally in Harlem. Sunday would have been the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, but...
    Tucker Carlson opened Thursday's edition of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" by welcoming the world's 196th nation -- the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ, carved out of six blocks of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The host noted sardonically that the founders of the new nation made securing their borders a top priority Monday night. SEATTLE POLICE CHIEF BEST: ABANDONING PRECINCT 'WAS NOT MY DECISION' "This was a bit of a surprise given the claim these modern conquistadors claim to be Progressive ideologues ... " Carlson said. "They built a wall around the place just like Donald Trump once said he would do. "Their wall is made from wooden barricades. A sign at the entrance to the country warns 'You are now leaving the USA'." VideoIn addition, Carlson said, CHAZ already has armed border guards that are "not technically ICE agents, but close enough." "[They] question everyone seeking entry," he said. "Countries have borders and the founders of CHAZ understood that. They don't want the place flooded with...
    When asked about the possibility of his fellow NFL players taking a knee in protest of police brutality during the 2020 season, Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.” In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Brees discussed how he views the American flag while he’s standing for the national anthem before games. He also compared the sacrifices his two grandfathers made during World War II to those who fought in the civil rights movements of the 60s. “Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States,” Brees, 41, said. “I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corp. Both risking...
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