The Games People Play: Silly Season

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As the NCAA Basketball season launches. I can already hear the sweet sounds of a kiss off of a plexiglass backboard, the twine snap, and the screech of the NBA’s newest designer shoes on the hardwood. Rivalries are on the brink of setting the November Collegiate Grid Iron on fire. NFL teams are positioning their late-season runs for playoff berths. The NHL ice is kicking into high gear, while the WNBA season stands at the threshold. 

This time of year displays the dynamic convergence of all the popular fall and winter sports. From Flat screen purchases to sports betting and fantasy leagues, some people can hardly get enough of “The Games People Play.” Amid this thrilling world of sports, An historic name stands out above the rest.

“Jim Thorpe rose to world fame as a mythic talent who excelled at every sport. He won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, was an All-American football player at the Carlisle Indian School, the star of the first class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and played major league baseball for John McGraw’s New York Giants. Even in a golden age of sports celebrities, he was one of a kind.”

Plan Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe Hardcover – August 9, 2022, By David Maraniss

Sadly, despite all his achievements, Thorpe an Indigenous American spent a lifetime battling the mentality of “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” which was a term coined by assimilationist champion General Richard H. Pratt. American Indian Boarding Schools served as the Genesis of this assimilation practice. This was a later stage. of a saga that began in 1492.

“Between 1492 and 1600, 90% of the indigenous populations in the Americas had died. That means about 55 million people perished because of violence and never-before-seen pathogens like smallpox, measles, and influenza.

According to these new calculations, the death toll represented about 10% of the entire Earth’s population at the time.”

Thorpe had spent his life straddled between two worlds. He was stripped of his gold medals after the discovery that he played minor league Baseball. After his heroics of The Games People Play had faded, so did he. By his old age, he experienced multiple broken marriages, found himself alone and struggling with alcohol, and broke. This year his medals were restored to his family. For Native Americans, the original victims of Replacement, restoration never came.

Today, embroiled in perpetual culture wars, Nativism, and white backlash, a divided country finds itself in a never-ending Silly season of “The Games People Play. Some called cries of defunding the police from black protesters and their allies repulsive and disqualifying. Now, these same people are demanding to defund the FBI. The law and order crowd brutally beat Capital police officers on 01/06/2021. Jeers of cancel culture have morphed into a book-burning so-called anti-woke political movement with CRT (Critical Race Theory) as its poster child.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”.

Sir Walter Scott

The Silly Season would be comical except for the fomented sobering, clear-eyed, sinister darkness surrounding it. The shell game is another one of the games people play in this Silly Season. Your eyes are so busy following CRT that the shell of GRT is free to indoctrinate many with the Lie of strategic replacement of whites by Jews, BIPOC, and immigrants (The Great Replacement Theory.) It has as much merit as the Big Lie of the 2020 Election, the QAnon Conspiracy, or Birtherism.

“But the roots of the theory go deep into racism’s existence. In the U.S., you can point to efforts to intimidate and discourage Black people from voting — from replacing white voters at the polls — that date to the post-Civil War era.”

The Great Replacement Theory has a long history to America’s past.

By Jesse Gary and Associated Press Published May 17, 2022

“In the modern era, most experts point to two influential books. “The Turner Diaries,” a 1978 novel written by William Luther Pierce under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald, is about a violent revolution in the United States with a race war that leads to the extermination of non-whites. 

The FBI called it a “bible of the racist right,” said Kurt Braddock, an American University professor and a researcher at the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab.”

American-made Nativism represents a culture that is not native to the Americas. It has been poached by an authoritarian, pseudo-Christian, white supremacist, and ethnocentric subculture. Silly Season is political folly by a desperate few to preserve what was never theirs, thereby triggering ancient emotions of fight, flight, freeze, or fawn in order to take the reigns of political power. In naivete, they manipulate and unleash the dark arts, ancient darkness over which they have no control.

“Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!” 

Ephesians 11:5-16 The Message

By Kevin Robinson Founder/Editor-Publisher of Three-Fifths Magazine

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