Mike Ditka believes that Blacks in America have had it good for at least 100 years. The former coach of the Chicago Bears shared his ignorant and racist views during a radio interview with Jim Gray.
When asked about the national anthem controversy, Ditka, an avid Trump supporter, said, “I don’t see all the social injustice that some of these people see. There has been no oppression in that last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I’m not watching it as carefully as other people.”
Ditka isn’t watching because the lives of Blacks just don’t matter unless they’re running or catching a ball. It was easy for Ditka to pay attention when NFL greats such as Walter Payton and Richard Dent were playing for him on the field. But he basically has chosen to ignore or dismiss racial injustices that have occurred in America since 1917.
Since 1917, here are some of the major brutalities that Blacks endured in this country. In 1919, over 230 Black sharecroppers were lynched in Arkansas by White racists; in 1920, Blacks in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the Black Wall Street district were lynched and bombed by White racists; more than 4K Blacks were lynched in the 20th century by White racists, according to the Department of Records and Research; Jim Crow laws and legal discrimination were still in effect until 1964; and currently the killings of unarmed Black men by police that continues today.
As stated in a previous rolling out article, Trump has created a war between White racists and Black athletes. The outcome is that racist people like Ditka believe that Blacks are not oppressed and players are simply disrespecting the flag.