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The Iranian Wrestler Who Was More American Than LeBron James

He did not need to take a bold and public stand for justice and freedom for the people of his country.

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Navid vs. LeBron: Who Really Fought For Justice?

Last summer, the Iranian government executed World Champion wrestler Navid Afkari, for the “crime” of demonstrating on behalf of the people in his country for greater political freedom and economic opportunity. He was arrested, tortured, and had his family threatened if he did not “confess” to “crimes” that carried the death penalty. The government claimed that he killed a member of the regime’s security services, but prior to being tortured and threatened, he denied it, and so did all the eyewitnesses at the scene.

UFC’s Dana White took up his cause, as did President Donald Trump, but to no avail. He was executed on September 12, 2020.

According to Wikipedia “Navid Afkari was an Iranian wrestler who was sentenced to death and executed by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for protesting against the regime during 2018 unrests in Iran, as well as the alleged murder of an undercover security guard from the IRGC that occurred during the 2018 Iranian protests.”

This man was a world champion wrestler. He did not need to take a bold and public stand for justice and freedom for the people of his country. He took a huge risk in joining the protests, and ultimately paid for his stand for freedom with his life. In Abraham Lincoln’s immortal words, he gave his people, and the cause of freedom, his “last, full measure of devotion.” He may not have been an American citizen, but he was an American in Spirit.

Contrast this with LeBron James. LeBron is a world champion basketball player. He is world famous. He too, has spoke out against injustice, but done so only when it would clearly benefit him, and not when it carried even the remotest sense of risk.
In 2019, when Daryl Morley, the GM of the Houston Rockets, tweeted his support for the protesters in Hong Kong, LeBron very quickly rebuked Morley. He made clear his displeasure with Morley for his tweeted support for the people of Hong Kong and their peaceful protests to preserve the rights and freedoms granted to them by the treaty between Great Britain and China governing for the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997.

LeBron said that free speech is great and all, but Morley needs to understand the “consequences” of his words on the economic interests of other parties. In other words, LeBron was more concerned with Morley offending the Chinese government and the affect that would have on his economic interests in China, than in the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.

He has no problem criticizing his own government over its stands, and took a stand for racial justice. In principle, all of these are laudable.

However, he inserted himself into many of these discussions before he knew the full facts, which were, in each case, more nuanced than he initially believed. And in each case, these was were easy calls for James to make. He risked nothing by taking these stands. The NBA supported him. The leftist mobs lauded his “courage.” His life, liberty, and livelihood were never at risk.

Who is the better role model as an athlete and as a man? Navid Afkari, or LeBron James? Who is the real American?

You decide.

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Life

What Does the Term African American Mean?

The Left vehemently champions racial division

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I’ve never understood why Black Americans for several decades running were referred to as African Americans. Even if their ancestors were from Africa, the majority of the nation’s 44 million Black Americans has never been to Africa, have no viable connection to the continent itself, and have little or no concern about it.

Please Explain it to Me

Now here’s the really confusing part. Black Canadians, to my knowledge, generally have never been called African Canadians. Black people in Mexico have not been called African Mexicans. There’s little use of this type of terminology in Europe such as African French, African Italians, African Spanish, or African Portuguese.

Why, only in America, did the description of Black Americans, namely African Americans ever take hold? Overarching names for the various races have fallen out of favor in recent years. White Americans generally are not referred to as Caucasians. Black Americans are not referred to as Negroes.

Endless Morphs

You have to wonder how and why terminology, for various segments of our population, keeps morphing into something new. At one time white Americans referred to black people as colored people. If I were a member of the black community and was referred to by white people as a colored person, I would be upset. We all have a color!

Later, the most appropriate way to address someone of color was to say they were a person of color. However, that is also a misnomer as once again, we are all of some color.

Scientists, anthropologists, social researchers, and others have pointed out that theoretically there are no races. If you lined up every single person on Earth from the lightest skin to the darkest skin the gradation from person to person would be so slight as to be virtually undetectable.

I like the approach that actor Morgan Freeman has taken, and I wish that more people would adopt it. He has eloquently stated, on many occasions, that one way to stop being obsessed with race is to stop talking about it.

Obsessed with Race

A large faction within the U.S. – Democrats — are populated by subgroups with overlapping views: liberals, progressives, socialists, and Marxists. They want to keep race at the forefront of all public discourse. In their eyes, virtually any topic that you can address – the total eclipse in April, for example – has some underlying racial component embedded within it. Not all topics have a racial component, but that is what they propagate on a daily basis.

What’s more, people on the Left are on the ever-present lookout for anything which they regard as a transgression when others are referring to minorities. They particularly are focused on anything that a Conservative says, at any time, even if it was 30 or 40 years ago, that to the Left some way represents a slight or lack of respect for minorities, particularly Black Americans.

For these ‘race police’ it’s like a game. They are delighted when they are able to find something, anything, that they can aggrandize to the hilt, have the mainstream media pick up, and whip into a social and cultural frenzy.

This bit of historical news might be hard to recall, but four years before Barack Obama was elected U.S. president, the topic of race was less contentious. A Gallup Poll revealed that 74% White Americans and 68% of Black Americans felt that race relations in the country were good. 19 years later, 43% of White people and 33% of Black people reported the same.

If we could only return to those pre-Obama days when Americans, of all types, had some common goals and shared the same types of aspirations such as succeeding in their professions, building a strong financial base for their family, and raising happy and healthy children.

Divided Forever?

Alas, with so many on the Left vehemently championing racial division it looks as if we don’t have good prospects, at least for the immediate future, to return to those hallowed, pre-Obama days. As an eternal optimist, however, I believe that one day the clamor will die down, and once again, we will simply all be Americans.

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THIS is Who Is REALLY Running the Country – and the Event That Made it Possible

How did this man in the shadows get Biden into a blackmail situation?

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