Will Owners Force NFL Players To Stand During National Anthem?; Why Marcus Peters Protests

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.

CALL Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, National Football League 32 white owners will meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the league’s policy concerning the singing and playing of the National Anthem before all NFL games.

Goodell issued a memo to all 32 teams that the league believes “that everyone should stand for the National Anthem,” and that “the controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues.”
His comments come after Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers game in which Vice President Mike Pence walked out after the Anthem after previously being instructed to do so by President Donald Trump if any player kneeled down.
Current policy simply states that players, “should stand and place their helmets in their left hand.” Should is not mandatory language as outlined by the U.S. Supreme court because “should” is not mandatory language.

The narrative shifted from the issues of police shootings and officers not being held accountable, inequality and injustice brought to the forefront 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick, to patriotism after Trump stated that players who kneeled were “disrespecting our flag”, “our country” and “our veterans” and even stated during a rally in Alabama, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

Trump’s statement, marked as one of the most offensive statements ever made by a president, sparked a protest among players, coaches and even owners locked arms and kneeled before and some during the playing of the National Anthem.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who happens to be friends with Trump and gave the Trump’s inaugural fund, $1 million, in response to Trump saying, after he spoke to several owners, “I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful.” Jones has publicly declared that his team’s players are banned from protesting during the anthem.

After his team’s loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Oct. 8, told the press that he believes all NFL players should stand for the anthem. All of the Cowboys were on their feet at Sunday’s game, and Jones suggested he was unaware that two players raised their fists toward the end.

“I don’t know about that. But if there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play,” Jones said. “You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag then we won’t play. Period.”

“We’re going to respect the flag, and I’m going to create the perception of it. And we have,” Jones said.

“The league in my mind should absolutely take the rules we’ve got on the books and make sure that we do not give the perception that we’re disrespecting the flag,” Jones said

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said prior to Sunday’s game that President Trump had “changed that whole paradigm” of what kneeling during the anthem means, so “I think it’s incumbent upon players today if that’s how the public is looking at it, is to stand and salute the flag.”

“Trump has made standing for the anthem about patriotism,” Ross added. “It’s so important if that’s what the country is looking at to look at it differently … It’s a different dialogue. Whenever you’re dealing with the flag, you’re dealing with something different,” Ross said.

Breast Cancer Awareness Is A Must For The Black Community

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among black women, and an estimated 30,700 new cases are expected to be diagnosed from 2016.

Similar to the pattern among white women, breast cancer incidence rates among black women increased rapidly during much of the 1980s, largely due to increased detection by mammography screening. Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death among black women, surpassed only by lung cancer, according to the American Cancer association.

An estimated 6,310 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among black women in 2016 through 2017.

Breast cancer death rates among black women increased from 1975 to 1991, but declined as a result of improvements in both early detection and treatment.

Prior to the mid-1980s, breast cancer death rates for white and black women were similar.


However, a larger increase in black women from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, followed by a slower decline, has resulted in a widening disparity.


Since 1990, breast cancer death rates dropped 23 percent in black women compared to a 37 percent drop in white women. As a result, breast cancer death rates in the most recent time period, 2008 through 2012, are 42 percent higher in black women compared to white women, despite similar incidence rates. Higher death rates among black women likely reflects a combination of factors, including differences in stage at diagnosis, obesity and comorbidities, and tumor characteristics, as well as access, adherence, and response to high-quality cancer treatment.

Beauty Professionals Provide Access To Free Breast Cancer Screenings And Breast Health Education

In recognition of Breast Health Awareness month, the Black Health Care Coalition, in partnership with area beauty salons, will provide access to breast health information and no cost breast cancer screenings.

“Beauty Shop Talk” will be held at several salons in Missouri and Kansas. Some highlighted events include:

•Nets House of Splendor located at 6232 Troost on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
• Salon Red, located at 5150 Ararat Drive on Friday, Oct. 20, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and
•The Hair Entertainer’s, located at 4321 Blue Ridge Blvd. on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ms. Shontrice Patillo, a breast cancer survivor, has linked with the Black Health Care Coalition to share her story of wellness and faith with African American women during this month and beyond.

Ms. Patillo’s breast cancer was detected after experiencing pain and insisting that physicians complete further tests to discover the root cause of pain. It took medical professionals three months to diagnose her with breast cancer.

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