Suppose you are a Superbowl-winning player in the National Football League who’s worth tens and tens of millions of dollars, what would you see as the biggest problems with America?
Would you be singing the praises of a nation that allowed you the opportunity to become fabulously wealthy while playing a game? Would you be gushing over the fact that you’re able to travel the world; live in any home any place you want; drive any automobile you want; your children’s, children’s, children’s ability to be financially stable, and receive a world-class education because of the legacy you’ll be able to leave them as a result of working just six or ten years?
Not if you are Seattle Seahawks lineman Russell Okung. Despite being the embodiment of someone who’s living the “American dream”, Okung is claiming that the “America dream” is little more than a ruse.
Drafted by the Seahawks out of Oklahoma State University in 2010 the 6’7, 310 lb. Texan was signed on August 6, 2010 to a six-year contract worth a maximum of $48 million, with more than $29 million in guaranteed money. At the time Okung was 23 years old. One would think he’d be saying, “American has been very, very good to me.” Instead he’s singing a slightly different tune.
Okung’s family fled violent Muslim oppression in Nigeria where the radical Boko Haram death cult is routinely slaughtering men, women and children. His family didn’t bolt to Cuba, seek safe haven in Pakistan or Qatar, no, they sought and found safe haven in the good ole U.S. of A. Yet the man is seething with contempt for the American dream.From Breitbart:Responding to an essay on economic inequality, Okung offered the following:
“Some think working hard solves the problems of poverty and institutional oppression and the lack of social mobility. Some think that by sheer determination, one can overcome such issues. But economic inequality isn’t the symptom; it’s the virus that attacks. You, Graham, like the rest of America, have been deceived. You are a victim of the American Dream, the belief that anyone who works hard can move up economically regardless of his or her social circumstances. American cultural optimism is one of the greatest lies ever told.“This said by a man in the midst of a six-year, $48,500,000 contract that includes a $1,680,000 signing bonus, $29,300,000 in guaranteed money, and an average annual salary of $8,083,333.
“So many people will never experience their dreams because there are far too many barriers of entry they can’t do anything about and that all goes back to that elitism — the elitism that’s manufacturing economic inequality,” Okung offered in the same interview.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]