National Football League legend Jim Brown proclaimed on Tuesday that the black community must take ownership of its problems and struggles – rather than blame President Donald Trump.
These comments come a week after the NFL great criticized professional football players who disrespect the flag and their country by not standing for the National Anthem – when he insisted that he would never kneel while the national tribute before games was being played. Now, Brown wants the blacks to show more accountability for the decisions they make and the predicaments they are in so that they will have less hardships to endure in American society.
Blacks should view Trump as an ally, not an obstacle
The former running back for the Cleveland Browns lifted up Trump as an “exceptional” president who genuinely cares about the nation and its people before advising blacks to curb racial tensions and to stop using the president as a scapegoat for their woes.
“We should look at ourselves first before we look at the president,” Brown advised blacks during his Fox & Friends appearance Tuesday. “The black community … has a responsibility – regardless of what the president does. And if you have a homicide rate within your black community, then it’s not the president that’s created a homicide rate – it’s the black community itself that needs to address it.”
The 81-year old sports personality wanted the black community to see Trump as an ally – not an obstacle for it to achieve future success and greatness.
“So, I don’t want to just put everything on him,” Brown added. “And I’m sorry to say that the black community is not doing what we should do – and that includes myself. We have to be able to – as citizens – bring something that the president can join forces with and triple the effectiveness of it.”
Trump not a racist …
Brown was then asked if he thought Trump is a racist – and his answer flew in the face of continuous coverage by the mainstream media depicting the president as siding with white supremacists and inciting racial tensions.
"Of course not," the African American athlete responded on Fox News’ question, according to the Washington Examiner. "Is America racist? Of course not."
He followed up by extolling white Americans throughout history who have stood up for blacks so they could share the same civil rights that they enjoyed.
"The advancement of black people in this country is based on white people who risked their lives just to do the right thing to make the playing field equal and balanced," the professional sports icon continued.
The outspoken black athlete was also asked about the claim made by African American movie director Spike Lee, who has incited more racial divisions by contending that America was built on slavery and racism.
"We're no longer in slavery," Brown impressed, as reported by the Examiner. "We have self-determination, and this country is the greatest country in the world."
The former star for the Cleveland Browns also reminded rich black athletes that it is primarily whites who pay for their astronomical salaries and lavish lifestyles.
“How many black athletes are millionaires because of those white fans that go to those games?” Brown posed, according to WND.
Brown then made it clear that blacks must position themselves so that Trump can more easily implement his plans to help the black community thrive in America.
“When asked if Trump is producing for black Americans, Brown said it's ‘very hard’ to help them because they don't do enough to help themselves,” the Examiner’s Pete Kasperowicz recounted from the Fox interview.
Promoting patriotism at the flag … not racism
As the NFL’s preseason games kicked off last week, Brown made it known that he was not a supporter of NFL players continuing to take a knee during the National Anthem.
“We should never denigrate our flag and our national anthem,” the legendary NFL rusher argued, according to the Examiner. “We should always be Americans first, and we should work our butts off to do the right thing and make it a better country.”
Trump appreciated Brown’s take on the matter via social media.
“Last week, Trump tweeted his support of Brown after the football icon criticized disrespect of the anthem by some NFL players and said he was ‘really pulling for the president,’” WND’s Art Moore recalled.
The president took the opportunity to remind Americans of his work with Brown to bolster the African American community, reminding blacks that his administration’s economic policies have done much more to help them get back into the work force than his predecessor – former President Barack Obama … the first black president in United States history.
“Thank you to the great @JimBrownNFL32, perhaps the greatest running back of all time, for your wonderful words and support,” Trump tweeted last week, according to WND. “Since our meeting in New York, African-American UNEMPLOYMENT has reached the LOWEST LEVEL IN HISTORY. You get it!”