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So black athletes have forgotten their place?

By Leonard Pitts Jr., Tribune Content Agency on

Does Trump know this? Because he complains about America a lot and he's rich. Or, so he says.

Newt Gingrich was downright offended at "arrogant young millionaires" claiming to be oppressed. Apparently, there is something about having money -- unknown to us, but not to him -- that keeps cops from shooting you while juries look the other way. Did the cop who murdered Tamir Rice remember to ask for a bank statement first?

Anyway, in light of their immunity from racist mistreatment, Gingrich thinks these rich black men are, well ... uppity for acting as if they have a right and reason to protest. They've forgotten their place.

You know, it's amazing conservatives are still willing to teach us, given what slow learners we've proven to be. They criticize Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. They once criticized Malcolm X and Thurgood Marshall. They even criticized Martin Luther King, who took a knee in Selma. Come to think of it, there's never been a single moment of black activism they did not criticize.

Conservatives seem committed to criticizing us for as long as we are committed to vindicating our human rights. They seek to guide us as fathers do children. That is to say, paternalistically. I want them to know their concern is duly noted.

And to assure them that I, for one, will continue to treat their criticism with all the respect it deserves.

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(Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at lpitts@miamiherald.com.)

 

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