A real jersey barrier

A video came across my Facebook page last week. I’m not a big video fan, largely because many are quite lengthy, but this one caught my attention. It featured three men, out in the snow wearing just sneakers, sweatpants and T-shirts.

But that wasn’t the draw for me. All three wore turbans, had dark hair and long beards — exactly the type that would be racially profiled in this country.

The video was on the “Only in Canada,” Facebook page, and it was titled, “Bhangra Snow Dance.” The men were shoveling snow when Indian music chimed in, they tossed their shovels and broke into a bhangra routine right in the street that was absolutely delightful. For three minutes the trio, well-synchronized to say the least, put on a dance routine, each with a constant Cheshire cat grin.

Why? It was to raise funds for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

I had to post a comment, and said how much I enjoyed it, and how sad I was that the U.S. was so prejudiced that this would likely not happen here.

I received nearly 40 “likes,” all from people I don’t know, from all over the world. I was touched by that and proud to be a human being.

Ever since the dawn of humanity, prejudices have been mainstream attributes of man. The Jews didn’t like the Samaritans; the Arabs didn’t like the Jews; the whites didn’t like the blacks; the Americans didn’t like the Russians; and, to quote the great Sly Stone (Sylvester Stewart), “and so on, and so on, and scooby dooby doo.”

In my nearly 60 years of being aware of things around me, I’ve never, ever understood how someone can hate another because they are “different.”

This is why I love dogs so much; like Christ, their love is unconditional.

I’ve had a longtime philosophy that mankind can mess anything up — and it has.

In 2016 there were more than 800 million people worldwide who were malnourished — dying every day. There were also 65 million displaced from their homes, and of those, 22 million who were refugees. And God knows an enormous number of those were not terrorists. God knows.

In the late 1980s then-President Ronald Regan (with help from then-Pope John Paul II) orchestrated the fall of the Berlin Wall. Today there is a president who wants to build another.

Last week the Houston Police Department, the Texas Rangers and the FBI culminated an investigation and located Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s Superbowl jersey stolen from his locker the night of the big show. Talk about a jersey barrier.

I had to shake my head at the money that must have been wasted pursuing that case. Just like the dollars wasted investigating deflated footballs. 

Wasted money not unlike that spent on the red carpet at the Oscars or any of the 50 country music award ceremonies, et al.

All I can say to that is 800 million people. 

Mankind fouling things up.

Well, the world can rest easy knowing TB12 has his jersey back, except for those dying of hunger or looking for a place to begin life again.

And the three Indian bhangra dancers? They’ll continue to raise money for a cure to a devastating disease — but they better not try to cross the border into the U.S. They don’t look like people who belong here.

Me, I’m like Sly and the Family Stone: I am everyday people, yeah, yeah. And I always will be.


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