America has always had an ugly history of racial inequality. Blacks, hispanics, Native Americans and other minority groups have all received unfair treatment because they are different. Great strides have been made with the help of great leaders throughout the years to end these injustices. However, racial tension today remains extremely high. Systemic racism is still rampant, many people feel like they have no voice and no hope. There is still an abundance of people suffering economically, socially and emotionally as a result of discrimination in America. There is no greater example of racism in this country than the sad news that Fox News has employed the undeserved Tomi Lahren while Colin Kaepernick is still looking for work in the NFL.
Lahren made a name for herself in recent years for her many controversial and ignorant statements especially when it comes to race. “This isn’t about equality, this is about ramrodding an aggressive agenda down our throats and using fame and entertainment value to do so” said Lahren when commenting on Beyonce’s guest performance at Super Bowl 50 where she showed support for the Black Panthers. Lahren continued by calling the Panthers “A group that used violence and intimidation to advance not racial equality, but an overthrow of White domination?”
That statement by Tomi Lahren could not be more incorrect. The Black Panthers were started out of necessity for blacks who did not have a voice against racial oppression and was very helpful in the civil rights movements. They started many programs to help the disenfranchised such as a free breakfast program for children before school. The program eventually spread to more than a dozen cities and fed thousands of children. They also went on to establish free medical centers for those who could pay to see a medical professional. They also encouraged women empowerment. In the early 70’s a majority of their members were women, the party also had women who were leaders within the organization.
Tomi Lahren must learn herself before she tries to condemn others, her notion that the Black Panthers were always violent is far from the truth. She has also called Black Lives Matter “the new KKK” and has also been extremely critical of Colin Kaepernick’s protest.
As many of you all know Kaepernick has been blackballed from the NFL for simply using his right to protest. Many media members like Lahren have shifted his message from racial inequality to disrespect for the flag. His point for not standing for the national anthem is not to be defiant, rather to highlight that this country preaches equality but does not always live up to those values. There is a plethora of evidence proving that racism in this country is still an issue that must be addressed. People are simply tired their oppression and someone must stand up for them.
We as a nation must evaluate ourselves when uneducated commentators spewing hate like Tomi Lahren can find a job yet a protest at the NFL headquarters and NFL star quarterback Aaron Rodgers saying that Colin should be in the league is not enough to land Colin employment. As a Americans we must unite to drown out the nonsense being spoken by Tomi Lahren and people alike so we can move forward to end racial inequality.