Thursday, September 3, 2020

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban leads peaceful black lives matter team march in Tuscaloosa

John Mitchell, 
Alabama's first Black player

I saw this below online yesterday and shared it to my Facebook timeline. Click on link to see article and short video. I wondered what comments, if any, might come. 
  • Larry C Phelps From a Dawg...class act coach...
    • Sloan Bashinsky I agree. In a past life, through my father, I got a pass to Coach Bryant era football practices, spoke with Coach Bryant a few times over the years. I never met Coach Saban. Don't belong to a political party and wonder how President Trump and his legion of Crimson Tide fans will field Coach Saban's participation and comments in the interview?
    • Sloan Bashinsky My recollection is Coach Bryant recruited the first black Crimson Tile football player, John Mitchell, and that opened the floodgate for all SEC teams to recruit blacks, and not only that, all high school and grammar school and private school teams in the south east states.
    • Sloan Bashinsky Before recruiting Mitchell, Coach Bryant's teams were having rough goes against Nebraska, Southern Cal, etc.
    • Sloan Bashinsky In this age, Kentucky and Mississippi State's football teams led the SEC by boycotting practice one day, in peaceful protest, after discussion with their school's officials.
  • Robert E. Morrow Check whose banner you are marching under. Marxist organization. Leader said in interview, "We are trained Marxist".
    • Sloan Bashinsky I try, and it's not easy, to march under God's banner. I don't see Marxists in the article. I bet in his day, Jesus today might be viewed as a liberal, progressive, perhaps even a Marxist. If you wish to be perfect, sell all you have and make alms to the poor and follow me, he told a young rich man. As I recall more recent history, in 2016 Trump invited Russia to help him get elected, and the next day Russia went to work on it. Please don't assume I'm a Democrat. I'm not. Looks to me both parties have lost their way, and their leaders, too. But one thing that really sticks out is this: During Turmp's acceptance speech, 99 percent of the audience was white. And if there were no blacks on Alabama's football team, or on Auburn's team, they would lose every game.
    • Robert E. Morrow Sloan Bashinsky something you may not know. John Mitchell and his girl friend were kidnapped. I was the prosecutor. Don't really remember what happened with the case, but I remember John being a quiet, humble and pleasant young man.

    • Sloan Bashinsky That's terrible, first I heard they were kidnapped.
      Don't see that online, but here's a nice article about Mitchell.

      John Mitchell fought segregation at Alabama and made football history
      John Mitchell fought segregation at Alabama and made football history
      John Mitchell fought segregation at Alabama and made football history

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