I learned a new word today. That word is Milquetoast (mĭlk′tōst′). The word is defined as or
describes a person who is very timid, spineless, especially someone who is easily intimated.
Now the first image that may come to mind is of someone who outwardly displays low self
esteem or looks like a "Poindexter." Oh, but the shoe is big enough for everyone. There are
people who are in extremely good shape, people who are quite fashionable, people who love
accolades, people who love to be different from the rest, people who love getting the big
money deal, people who love to express gossip and talk of their possessions or position in life,
their great job. A person could be a combination of these various personalities, yet the
common denominator could be the "What If." "What if I cannot finalized the next big money
deal?" "What if I wear something that my "friends" already saw me wear before, what will they
think?" "What if the guys see me fail on my bench max?" "Gossiping doesn't feel so good
anymore, but if I stop will they still be my friends?" "What if I put on a few pounds, oh maybe I
will put on some extra clothing." "I guess it will be o.k.?" "What if I lose my job, will my friends
still like me?" "What will my friends think if I don't drink at the bar tonight?" "Will they think I'm
soft?" "What if I don't eat any meat at the family dinner, will they look at me funny?" ALL THAT
With age and time their should come wisdom. However, that clearly is not always the situation.
There are a lot of "OLD CHILDREN" running around that live and die on the opinion of others.
Thus you have the Milquetoast pronounced MILKTOAST. They kissin' their bosses ass,when in
fact that employer needs you and your hard work and skill which should be looked at as a
personal investment in yourself so that you can do better as in, another job or GASP!! working
for YOURSELF!!! Oh the horror!!!! Yeah, even the professional athletes are ALL MILKTOAST.
For you professional sports buffs who can call out NFL, NBA, MLB, Hockey, Golf and other
sports stats, let me see if you remember this picture.
On July 4, 1967, Jim Brown (Cleveland Browns), Bill Russell (Boston Celtics), Kareem Abdul-
Jabbar (UCLA), John Wooten (Cleveland Browns), Jim Shorter (Washington Redskins), Willie
Davis(Green Bay Packers), Curtis McClinton (Kansas City Chiefs), Sid Williams(Cleveland
Browns) and Bobby Mitchell (Washington Redskins) met with Muhammad Ali and then held a
news conference in support of his refusal to be drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967. Community
leaders such as Carl Stokes, who would become the first black mayor of a major U.S. city stood
in unity as well on that day. They were not at the news conference to speak about sports. An
excellent article among many about this particular event can be found at Why the 'Ali Summit'
remains a transnational moment in U.S. history” by Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports.
u-s--history-) Another is "Remembering Cleveland's Muhammad Ali Summit, 45 years later"
by Branson Wright on Cleveland.com
Then there was what could be called the loudest and most prolific display of peaceful political
protest in sports history. The 1968 Olympic Black Power Salute.
Black athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on the podium to face their flags during
their medal ceremony in the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City, to hear the American national
anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner". Each athlete in a move that shocked the world
and angered thousands of Americans, raised a black-gloved fist, and kept them raised until the
anthem had finished. This after having won gold and bronze medals, respectively, in the 200
meter running event. Along with Smith and Carlos, Australian silver medalist Peter Norman also
wore human rights badges on their jackets. Tommie Smith is noted as stating many years later
in his book “Silent Gesture” that the raising of the fist was not a "Black Power" salute, but a
"human rights salute". In addition the brothers received their medals while not wearing shoes,
but wearing black socks, which represented black poverty in America, which still exist in 2016.
Tommie Smith wore a black scarf around his neck to represent black pride, John Carlos had his
tracksuit top unzipped to show solidarity with all blue collar workers in America and wore a
necklace of beads which were for those Black individuals that were lynched, or killed by other
means that no one said a prayer for. It additionally was to pay respects to African people who
were thrown off the side of boats or who chose death, during the infamous Middle Passage.
Smith, Carlos and Norman wore Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badges after
Norman, a critic of Australia's former White Australia Policy, expressed empathy with their
ideals. As they left the podium they were booed by the crowd. A crowd who had full
knowledge of the violence taking place in America during the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement.
Smith later said, "If I win, I am American, not a black American. But if I did something bad, then
they would say I am a Negro. We are black and we are proud of being black. Black America will
understand what we did tonight." Yeah, now how many of today’s Athletes are willing to put it
all on the line like that in front of the biggest sporting event in the world, in 2016…Oh… no one
did, the current Olympics just ended weeks ago. I will continue…
Of course these guys now would never put their endorsements and contracts on the line to
speak out on social issues that they feel strongly about. The hardest the majority will go at a
topic might be quietly giving money to a "non-threatening" charity. Speaking after a playoff
game or a championship game on the press conference podium about “sensitive” social issues
to the overly sensitive “Cult of Personality” led masses...on national television?
Don’t wait on that. But wait, there have been sightings…in his own way and with what has
struck a cord with the Soft Assess who make up the Masses…a professional athlete did speak
on how he felt. I may not be in total agreement with the facts of his content, nor may I be
totally convinced that he just decided out of the blue to take a stand…and if he does not win
the starting job for his position on his team, it will not matter what he said…not to mention that
this story will probably be forgotten in perhaps two weeks max…I give you…
Colin Kaepernick. Who is Anti-Milquetoast (Milktoast) NUMBER #1. It matters not if people
agree with him or not. Buddy held his nuts and did what he felt he had to do and said what he
wanted to say…
Not to mention he is willing to do it solo…Hey, Anti-Milquetoast! Also you have NBA star
athletes Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James, Chris Paul and Dwayne Wade who recently
opened the latest ESPY awards show on ESPN.
They all voiced their opinion one the mass coverage of violence against black males by
police and the need for change.
Again, I look at things in a very different way and I read all points of these stories that
have come out over the last couple of years. The antithesis of milquetoast is having
confidence in oneself. My main topics of discussion on this blog deal with the metaphysical and
will eventually delve into deeper occult themes and then back into topics of everyday life.
However, at this time I will just hit you upside your head with certain topics such as
Numerology, Astrology, Tarot and needless to say the power of the mind. Nothing works and
nothing will change if you first do not get the idea and the vision of success in your mind, and
then be willing to take the necessary steps towards, one goal at a time. Taking those steps by
the way, while not caring about what friend, family, co-worker or other will think or say. You
certainly cannot study and apply metaphysics without a profound confidence and belief, let
alone apply anything else.
So what will it take? Who are you when you are all alone? Who are you when you wake in the
morning or before you go to sleep at night and look in the mirror? Can you say that you feel
good about yourself and the direction that you are going ,or are you scarred, timid,
unassertive, spineless, easily dominated or intimidated? Don’t drink the Kool-
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