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Letter: Disrespecting anthem latest attack from left

Reference James Powell's article "Unwittingly advancing blacks' cause" and the NFL protestors. Powell goes on an insane, racist rant against President Trump and babbles on about how wrong Americans are when it comes to Black Lives Matter. He praises Colin Kaepernick because he refuses to "pay homage to a song written by a slaver from Maryland."

By keeping silent, the deceitful NFL has condoned their players' arrogant disrespect for our flag and anthem. Yet, the NFL ruled 9/11 tribute cleats were out of bounds and theatened to fine players for wearing them and the Defense Department paid about $5.4 million for teams to honor our soldiers. The liberal left has obviously intimidated NFL owners like they intimidated the NBA when they forced Jewish Don Sterling to sell his team. Sound familiar?

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After Charlottesville, President Trump asked who will they (the self-ordained liberal activists) attack next: the Founding Fathers? Disrespecting our National Anthem and the American flag is just another step in their ongoing attack on our values and way of life.

The problem with James Powell's hysterical tantrum and the NFL players' disgraceful protest is the facts don't support them. When James Comey was FBI director, he said data on the number of people killed by police and the demographics is unreliable. The Washington Post (often quoted by the media) journalists said blacks are being shot by police at a rate that's 2.5 times higher than whites. Blacks are just 13 percent of the U.S. population, yet 26 percent of people killed by the police. Is this evidence of police discriminating against blacks? The liberal activists/media and NFL protestors want you to believe this.

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But looking at the rest of the facts, nearly 50 percent of convicted murderers in the U.S. are black, and blacks are more likely to be murder victims. The truth is blacks are more likely to be involved in violent crime as perpetrators or victims. Look at Baltimore, with thousands of non-fatal shootings, 344 homicides in 2015, 318 in 2016 and 265 homicides by Sept. 27. So the rate of police shootings of blacks should not be a surprise and twisted as racist killing to advance the liberal ideology.

To resolve any problem, you must understand the cause. Obviously, 13 percent of the population committing 50 percent of the murders is part of the problem. Why don't they protest that?

Carl Burdette

Westminster

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