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The founders were not merely a small collection of elite white men in wigs who wrote the laws. They were the women who led boycotts of British products. They were Crispus Attucks and Salem Poor. They were shoemakers, farmers, and poor immigrants. Their dreams matter too.
The Revolution would have been nothing without the mobilization of a broad swathe of society fighting for their goals--but some of those goals were in conflict with one another. (Even the elite white men writing documents weren't a monolith.) But it needed all of those people.
Historian Alfred Young talked about "multiple radicalisms" in the American Revolution--the many different end goals that different groups of people had, that they thought could follow colonial independence. We're still trying to make some of those come true.
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"We take a knee to pray & propose to our wives.
When people get knighted they take a knee, never really in history has kneeling been viewed as disrespectful."

—Nate Boyer

Former NFL player
Army Special Forces Vet
Green Beret
Served multiple tours in Iraq & Afghanistan
Kaepernick controversy started in 2016, when as 49'er, he sat, then kneeled during national anthem to protest social injustice.
Nate Boyer, was part of that decision.
Reaching compromise with Kaepernick they agreed to meet in San Diego before pre-season game against the Chargers.
"I wanted him to stand, he wanted to sit, we agreed on kneeling"


Boyer explained kneeling still felt respectful
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Dems should refuse to participate in what they've called "sham" #KavanaughHearings. They should release a joint statement that if #MerrickGarland was blocked FOR NO REASON, the #lodestar insurrection bars Trump from making lifetime appointments.
Yes, @KamalaHarris asked good questions. But that only sets up the narrative that #Kavanaugh was confirmed "despite a tough nomination process." He's being legitimized by this process. The GOP is pushing him through no matter what Dems do, so TAKE A STAND. Refuse to play along.
#TakeAKnee is a symbolic gesture, but an important one. #DemWalkout would be equally extraordinary. It would leave a permanent stain of illegitimacy on #Kavanaugh. Trump could be found guilty of obstruction, why are Dems participating in a hearing that could seat his defender?
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WEAKNESS. By not walking out after raising objections about the hearing, Democrats are giving the #KavanaughConfirmation legitimacy. Trump has taught Republicans that the more power they grab the more they'll get. DEM LEADERS JUST SHOWED THEY'LL FOLD.
I'm honestly baffled by the response that Dems shouldn't walk out because "it won't accomplish anything." Then why EVER protest? Why #TakeAKnee? If #Kavanaugh is getting confirmed no matter what, why not refuse to go along with this power grab? Why not call for a #generalstrike?
For a brief moment this morning, I thought Dem leaders had finally realized that the GOP's unprecedented assault on our democracy required an extraordinary response. Instead, they folded and telegraphed that their objections to #Kavanaugh have no teeth.
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In a blow to the N.F.L., an arbitrator has ruled that Colin @Kaepernick7's collusion case can proceed because he has produced sufficient evidence that the league and its owners colluded to keep the free-agent quarterback off the field #takeaknee
Arbitrator sends Colin #Kaepernick's grievance against the NFL to trial, denying the league's request to throw out the quarterback's claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice #takeaknee…
"N.F.L. teams have signed players who have beaten their spouses and run operations that killed dogs for sport, but protesting during the national anthem may prove to be the unforgivable sin, it seems."

Colin #Kaepernick is not going away #TakeAKnee…
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tRump ripped @espn Tues night for its plans to not show national anthem live as part of its NFL broadcasts.
ESPN is not the only major network planning to go that route.

CBS, Fox, NBC are also making some changes during NFL broadcasts in 2018.

CBS Sports doesn't plan to televise Star-Spangled Banner as part of its weekly NFL broadcasts, same approach taken in recent yrs.

Fox Sports plans to show anthem only during special broadcasts incl Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, playoffs.

NBC Sports 19 NFL broadcasts undetermined.
National anthem hasn't been shown live during NFL broadcasts on weekly basis in recent yrs
Some players have kneeled, raised fists, protest while it plays
Players describe demonstrations as means of protesting police brutality, racial inequality

Critics claim they're unpatriotic
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If you ask me, the entire @GOP needs to #TakeAKnee.
And when they do, they can suck my .... 😉
My #Detroit is showing today. It’s not my fault.
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BREAKING: Without uttering a single word, Queen Elizabeth professed her belief in social justice today when, during the American National Anthem, she gracefully took a knee. Trump later commented, "It made me angry, but it was ballsy and kind of sexy, too." #TakeAKnee #VoteBLUE
To the followers who expressed disappoint about this tweet, saying it disrespects Queen Elizabeth: I respect everyone's opinion. Here's mine; It's just satire, not much different than @TheOnion & @BorowitzReport I'm not a Brit, but I respect QE. The tweet stays. I hope you do too
*disappointment (Obviously) I've gotta slow down.
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The conversation is not about border safety. It is about child abuse. It is not about immigration. It is about torture. Torture of mothers having their babies ripped off their breasts. I feel very strongly that the sick af fake POTUS actually loves that we’re upset. (1)
Tomorrow night Donald will be in Minnesota at a political rally getting his cult energized over his zero tolerance policy. He actually said today “You have to take the children away.”
This is NOT a winning issue like he thinks #TakeAKnee is. It’s about little kids. #BabyJails (2)
This is a crucial moment for our country. If we don’t all raise our voices and get loud, Putin’s plan installing a greedy, cruel nitwit will crush our souls completely. (3)
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Stop the lie that #TakeAKnee is about the flag—it’s about police brutality like this:
•33 year old Robert Johnson was unarmed & non-violent—he never committed any crime
•Yet @MesaPD Officers beat him unconscious & gave him a ticket after knocking him out
•Another angle of the video shows the 30 seconds before cops started mercilessly beating Robert Johnson unconscious
•For all the people who claim cops don’t abuse people who comply—this is what you’re defending
•This state violence must stop
Flashback to the same @MesaPD in 2017 as they executed Daniel Shaver


•Shaver was unarmed, peaceful, compliant,& inebriated
•Cop shot Shaver in the back & neck 5x as Shaver lay face down
•Cop acquitted Not Guilty
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#TakeAKnee is
Against brutality directed toward minorities
Against divisiveness (for a show of unity)
Supports Amendment 1 of U.S. Constitution
Supports solidarity (power/credibility to make changes)
It's not done against flag or anthem
It's not done against our military/veterans
#TakeAKnee is
For liberty & justice for all
For basic human rights
For civility & civil rights
Against "ugliness" that exists in our society

Whoever doesn't understand this, just doesn't want to.


And, I wonder…

How many people partake in the flag/anthem ritual while watching at home/bar?
How many people partake in it while grabbing food and/or drinks at the stadiums?
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Translation: The new anthem policy was approved by White team owners who literally think they own the Black athletes on their teams.
Be careful what you wish for, @NFL. The game CANNOT be played without the players and you’ll learn it the hard way when they #TakeAKnee on your whole football season.
The irony and unmitigated gall of White conservatives lamenting how “disrespectful” kneeling during the anthem is to America when they voted for a fucking TRAITOR and still wholeheartedly support every corrupt, anti-American, treasonous thing he’s doing. GTFOH.
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Jackie Robinson when he no longer had "appropriare posture for a Black man".

His words below are strikingly relevant to Kaepernick & other NFL players like Eric Reid being punished 4 their posture #TakeAKnee on #JackieRobinsonDay…
“I think most white Americans have their head in the sand. White America is saying ‘law & order’, but in their hearts, law & order simply means holding Black men down”

#JackieRobinsonDay #TakeAKnee
“The amazing thing for me about all of this is that White America is allowing a Bull Connor to be their spokesman”

- Jackie Robinson 50+ yrs before 58% of white voters chose Donald Trump.

#JackieRobinsonDay #WhiteFolkWork
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(1) #TakeAKnee, #NFL. The NFL submits to the Social Justice Warriors among them, giving them $89M to stop being spoiled brats. #AnthemProtests…
(2) This reminds me the 1960's on college campuses. The professors "laid down" in the face of radical protestor demands, rather than being responsible adults. We all saw (and see) how that went.
(3) Just over one generation later, the academy has become completely leftist, and the students run the asylum. Or perhaps as accurately, the academy has become the asylum.
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Retired general calls out Trump’s ‘shameful’ command of military: ‘The president lied’ about Niger ambush…
Mother of slain soldier confirms Trump lied: He “did disrespect my son and my daughter”… via @shareblue
Get back to us when @realDonaldTrump's ready to sit still and answer questions about the #Niger ambush for 11 hours like HRC did w/Benghazi.
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We're honored to work with a diverse group of women. Here's a small selection of their reporting. #WOCAffirmation #Thread
Here's How the NFL Could Make #TakeAKnee Mean Something by Tiffanie Drayton… #WOCAffirmation @draytontiffanie
The Pathetic Reason White Supremacists Hate by Stacey Patton… #WOCAffirmation @DrStaceyPatton
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The cops shot #PatrickHarmon in the back. The cops were in no danger. Harmon was no threat. This is cold-blooded lynching.😓
The ppl who worship an anthem that literally says "Land of Free & Home of the Brave" fear unarmed fleeing Black men so much they kill them.😐
FLASHBACK: Just 1 month ago the same Salt Lake City PD who killed #PatrickHarmon arrested a nurse for doing her job
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The sports/politics world is so wild right now I can't keep up with the sports stories posted on TP! But there are many good ones. #thread
From @MelsLien: How the NFL sold patriotism to the U.S. military for millions… #takeAknee
Fun column from @SamFulwood: Why Trump’s trash-talking of professional athletes backfired…
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28 of 32 NFL owners criticized President Trump for his comments on the #TakeAKnee protests.
Some of those same NFL owners made financial contributions to the Trump campaign and presidency. Here are a few:
Cleveland @Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his family gave $500K to President Trump's inaugural committee.
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Just really, really, really not in the mood for people using immigrants as model minority wedges against kneeling black athletes today.
"Immigrants love America so much they flock to our shores. These athletes should learn to see America the same way." #wedgepolitics anew
Just not here for the new "success story; immigrant style" version of the Model Minority Myth.
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1. This @washingtonpost piece on Kaepernick's vs. Tebow's Christianity unfortunately decolves into false equivalence…
2. Meaning that WaPo, once again, ends up coddling toxic Evangelicalism, b/c that is what WaPo does. What's with the "come together" appeal?
3. Michael Frost's analysis starts to go south when he suggests that the social justice Christianity of Kaepernick lacks personal piety.
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America for black people is black civil war soldiers fighting for this country only to come back & be terrorized by the Klan. #TakeTheKnee
America for black people is black World War I soldiers coming back from Europe only to be lynched by their fellow citizens #TakeTheKnee
America for black people is black World War II soldiers fighting for this country only to be treated worst than German POWs #TakeTheKnee
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3.5M Americans are enduring one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern history & the President is acting like a fussy 6 year old.
What's happening in Puerto Rico is just as much a product of racial injustice as it is the aftermath of a weather event.
#TakeAKnee is a way for people to say: The way things are isn't the way things should be.
Puerto Rico should not be suffering like this.
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1. THREAD: We're told #TakeAKnee is "disrespecting our flag." But let's get real about what it REALLY means to disrespect the American flag.
2. "Disrespecting our flag" is GOP policies that target the most vulnerable Americans.… #TakeAKnee
3. "Disrespecting our flag" is stealing a Supreme Court pick from America's first Black president.… #TakeAKnee
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