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COLUMN: We're fighting the wrong battles over the wrong issues

By: Rachel stovall
September 30, 2017 Updated: September 30, 2017 at 4:05 am
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We are having a national conversation about the NFL protesters. And what a conversation it is!

Some folks are for the protests, others are against the protests and strangely enough some folks from both sides of the conflict are boycotting the football games. And then we heard this:

"Get that son of a bitch off of the field right now, he's fired!"

Do me a favor. Go back and read that sentence out loud. Allow the words to roll off of your lips and come to life. You are not repeating a joke from MAD TV. You heard it right. A president used "son of a bitch" in a speech.

Looks like it's President Donald Trump vs. the NFL.

And how is that going?

Well, the candidate that the president supported with this rhetoric lost. Now, instead of one man, entire teams are participating in the protests before and during the anthem. No player in the NFL has been fired.

Even the fair and balanced Fox NFL sportscasters have come out with strong criticism against President Trump. Fox and Friends newscasters are saying that the president has made the racial divide worse.

And with Shepherd Smith of Fox included, on most news shows - we viewers are being served a steady diet of deeply roasted president on a stick.

So in the war that he started against the NFL, Trump is not winning. But the loser here is apparent.

The American people are losing in this fight.

So why are "we the people" losing in this fight? We are fighting about the wrong issues, with the wrong people and in the wrong way.

Let's keep it real. During the anthem, whether people stand, kneel, hold a hand over the heart or raise a fist is not going to take care of your family. This issue may affect your emotions, but it does not do anything for your life.

The latest Gallup poll available revealed the top issues in the nation as; dissatisfaction with government, the economy, including job creation and creating growth, unifying the country; health care and immigration.

How are we solving any of those problems by arguing about what someone does during the national anthem?

To continue that thought, are we pushing our representative bodies to work for solutions in government, the economy, unifying our nation, fixing health insurance or immigration? Nope. We are fighting the average citizen who has the same core concerns as we do.

Have we even looked at what Congress is doing this week? No we have not. Have we looked at what President Trump is signing into law? No we have not.

We are busy arguing over opinion instead of policy. Last week, we were looking at Congress. We were talking the repeal and replace of Obamacare. Last week, we were talking about tax reform. Can we forget the NFL and get to solving problems? Like those in Puerto Rico? That would be much smarter than what we are doing right now.

We have to stop fighting the wrong people. Can your neighbor on Facebook shape policy? I think not. Your neighbor is not your enemy. I don't care if they are racist. Your neighbor is not in charge of job creation in this country. Your neighbor is not making laws that make running your business more difficult. And your neighbor is not engaged in brutality against you.

We need to fight the right way.

Midterm elections are coming. Fight with your vote. Encourage someone to register to vote for the first time. Get on your representative's Facebook page and let your voice be heard. Set up a meeting for your representative to attend at your faith center, or civic club. Send an email to someone in charge.

Hold elected officials accountable for representing you and your concerns. If law enforcement is your issue, talk to law makers and law enforcement officials. And bring a group of citizens with you.

And my favorite: Tweet our President and tell him "Get busy making America great again or you are fired."


Rachel Stovall is a longtime community advocate and organizer. Also a fundraising, media and marketing consultant, Rachel is most known for singing with her dance band Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors.

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