As a Black American I see the Confederate Flag as a direct threat.
June 7, 1998, James Byrd Jr, a Black man 49 years old, tied to the back of a pick up truck and dragged 3 miles. Who did this? Three white men, white supremacist in jasper, Texas. Byrd was alive for 2 miles then his head and arm were decapitated. They left his head at a Black church. The one of the most gruesome racial motivated crimes in US history. How does this relate to the flag? I imagine that pickup truck going fast down that road with Bryd being dragged as the confederate flag attached to truck waving wildly in the wind as the white men yelped and yelled in their thrill ride.
In my 30’s, I remember wanting to be with my man on Saturday’s and Sundays. After all, we worked Monday thru Friday and we enjoyed each other’s company on weekend. His idea of being close was watching basketball on Saturday and football on Sunday. After all, you want to be fair and share his interest. That’s when I became a fan of Patrick Ewing and John Thompson.
John Thompson was coach of Georgetown University Hoyas -men’s basketball . And as a young woman my least favorite sport was basketball but I did enjoy watching Hoyas with Patrick Ewing. Coach Thompson stood 6’10” and would stride the side lines during play – coaching.
Another ugly part of 2020 is saying good bye to Phenomenal people during a world pandemic. Large gatherings are forbidden in communities. But, I had to speak about a great man. John Robert Thompson Jr born September 2,1941 died August 30, 2020 at the age of 78. RWG.