"...captain america's been torn apart, now he's a court jester with a broken heart..."
--The rock band Guns N' Roses, from the song 'Paradise City'
Patrick Tillman was born on November 6th, 1976 in Fremont, California. He was the older of three sons and at an early age, he showed an exceptional aptitude for the game of football.
So much so, that he led the high school he attended, Leland High, to the Central Coast Football Division 1 Championship. Shortly thereafter, he went to Arizona University on a football scholarship.
Tillman excelled as a linebacker in Arizona U.'s football program even though he was considered short for the position. His exemplary stats helped his team go undefeated after he got there, and he helped his team get to the 'Rose Bowl' that year.
In 1997 he was voted a 'Pacific-10' Conference defensive player of the year; this award is usually given to athletes who not only excel physically but academically as well.
Tillman also was a marketing major who graduated in three and a half years with a 3.85 GPA. He also won a myriad of other academic awards and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
Eventually, Tillman was drafted to the Arizona Cardinals football organization in the NFL; he played the 'safety' position on the team and started ten of his first sixteen games in his rookie season.
At one point in his career, he turned down a $9 million dollar contract from the St. Louis Rams to stay with the Cardinals.
Pat had it all, he was a muscular, square-jawed, blond-haired and blue-eyed american man. He looked like the walking embodiment of the aryan/viking ideal; and he was a football hero.
Yes, he lived a charmed life; but he was infected with a disease he didn't know he had. And this wasn't a physical ailment, but a mental one...let me explain.
Pat was infected with the sickness of an extreme american patriotism; one that would cost him more than he ever imagined. Here's how...
After the attacks that were staged...I mean perpetrated on New York City after September 11th, 2001; Pat was so enraged by the fictitious story of Al-Qaeda attackers flying those planes into the World Trade Center, that he left his football career and immediately joined the american armed forces to get some payback for his country.
Now, here's where I'll interject a bit of a historical clinic on the forces behind who created the 'Taliban' and 'Al-Qaeda'.
Back in the eighties and nineties, when the 'Cold War' between america and the soviets was still raging; and again, this was another case of the white elites controlling both teams so they could ultimately win the game, organizations like the CIA and the MI6...or MI5 at the time, or whatever number they were up to, both funded and armed south-east asians to essentially kick the communist forces out of places like Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, etc.
These forces essentially became the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, the Ba'athist party, etc. So basically, these are american enemies who were created by the american government.
And please don't take my word for this, look this up yourself!
After bootcamp, Pat enlisted in the 'Ranger Assessment and Selection Program' and completed its course in late 2002. He was then assigned to the 'Second Ranger Battalion' in Fort Lewis, Washington.
After participating in 'Operation Iraqi Freedom', in September 2003, Pat entered Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia; and graduated on November 28th, 2003.
After being redeployed to Afghanistan, Pat was reported killed by enemy fire on April 22, 2004. But after an investigation by the u.s. Army Criminal Investigation Command, it was discovered that Pat was killed by other american troops!
Or what this government has now termed 'friendly fire'.
So I've said all that to say this...the american social order and its status quo are so toxic and poisonous that it often kills the very people it's designed to protect, white folks.
Now, if it's this detrimental to the white populous, tell me, how dangerous is it to the Black Diaspora?
Just the other day I was talking to a white guy about political matters, and I started talking about the dastardly deeds of the 'rich elites'; then, another white guy who eavesdropped on our conversation asked, "What's wrong with the rich...?"
The Pat Tillman story is just one example of what's wrong with the rich. Problem is, the white guy who asked this question couldn't make a distinction between himself and the 'rich (white) elites'.
See, he thinks because he's white, the rich white elites still represent him; because he suffers from the same delusional sickness that Pat Tillman did, he doesn't realize that the white elite (i.e. rich white folks) don't give a damn about him. And he never will.
All working class and poor white people wanna' think is--white is good, Black is bad and america's the best country in the world.
Unfortunately, too many Black people are caught up in this lunacy as well.
And I'm not even considering the conditioning that Black people in america get to hate themselves and each other.
So, if you're hell bent on adoring white folks and their institutions, this isn't the Blog for you; furthermore, this is why my Blog rails so much against the american social order and all of its machinations.
And this is why I'm constantly stating how imperative it is that the Black Diaspora erase the self-hating sickness that complements being an anglophilic american.
It's not gonna' be easy to recondition ourselves out of this self-hatred people, but our very existence and that of our children depend on it.
So let's get to work!
If you'd like to read about two examples of Black men who were infected and affected with this insipid american patriotism, read about Nicky Barnes and Frank Lucas (Yes, 'American Gangster' Frank Lucas); here.