The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has offered a thoughtful take over US society in the wake of Donald Trumps presidential election victory
The Seattle Seahawks broad receiver Doug Baldwin has offered a thoughtful take over US society in the wake of Donald Trumps presidential election victory.
Last week, Baldwin told ESPN he was disheartened by Trumps victory. On Monday, he expanded on his thoughts in a series of tweets, during which he blamed class inequality rather than racism for Americas problems.
When I was younger, I was fascinated by what it meant to be the President of the United States. A leader of the person or persons and for the people, he wrote. Somewhere in my younger adulthood I lost faith in the system. I detested politics. As an observant child I ensure more inequality than equality. Civil rights motion. Womens rights movement. And so on. How is it that we had to fights so mightily for basic rights and respect.
It goes far beyond racism in my eyes. Because if the slave owners were black and the slaves were white, wed probably have the same issues. When you pull back the layers of inequality, it uncovers classism. One class wants to oppress another class in order to maintain/ gain power.
Classism is the number one enemy to democracy. And in America it is destroying the American dreaming. But we the people allow it. We allow it by being uninformed. By being uneducated. And that is something that the 1% of the 1% want us to be. Ignorant to the facts. The fact is that we are not currently living in a republic. The fact is that the 1% of the 1% buy politicians and write policies.
Baldwins current contract is worth $46 m but he said having experienced earlier life without wealth had given him perspective. Its scary to think that we are on a route to awarding the wealthiest people in the world, the power to control the masses, he added. And maybe that is why so many people were willing to vote for a president that didnt meet previous expectations for a president.
The way of life of many Americans is being destroyed. Inequality is greater than it has ever been. And solidarity is no where to be found. The dreaming that America once promised has become a nightmare for a lot of people. The absence of hope and empathy has created despair and ache. Empathy and sympathy for not only your fellow American but your fellow human has been lost. We are more concerned with status at any means.
I dont mean to be discouraging. But its hard not to face the problems of national societies with discontent. We should expect more Expect more from each other. But more importantly, expect more from yourself. Do better.
Baldwin is one of a number of Seahawks who have spoken out eloquently on issues in America. Baldwins fellow Stanford graduate Richard Sherman has talked about racism and Roger Goodells reign as NFL commissioner in recent weeks, while Michael Bennett gave ESPN an entertaining and blunt interview in August of thus year.
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