That was fast

Yesterday, NFL players and coaches rubbing fans’ and viewers’ noses in their disdain for America and her flag was free speech (agreed, and so is being disgusted by the particular expression) and today you’re a White Supremacist if you *do* respect the flag, the anthem, and/or the country, or you merely stand during the anthem because you have nice manners.

I really don’t think they realize how alienating this is. It’s not persuasive at all.   Once everything became racist, then hardly anybody cared anymore (except for the people who have a hobby of standing and shrieking RACIST at other people.  Now the White Supremacist charge is being drained of all power more quickly than I would have thought possible.

Meanwhile:

An NFL player is arrested, on average, every seven days.

Did you know, that as of this writing, it’s been 24 days since an NFL player was arrested? The odds that we would go that long in between player arrests are 25 to 1! In case you were wondering, there’s an entire website dedicated to tracking all the NFL players who have been arrested.

Oops. I just checked again. It’s now been zero days since an NFL player was arrested. Thanks, Los Angeles Ram Ethan Westbrooks! Westbrooks was arrested this weekend for speeding and being in possession of an unlicensed firearm. This is the second time in bracelets this year for Westbrooks, who was arrested in March on suspicion of domestic violence (the charges were later dropped).”

The Steelers owner sent out a letter to fans saying the team didn’t stay inside during the National Anthem to make a political statement, but to keep politics out of football.  This would be more convincing if the only player to go out and stand when the anthem was played hadn’t been publicly and privately rebuked by his coach and then apologized the next day for ‘making his team look bad.’

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  1. Posted September 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    When that young man took the knee to protest what he saw as a nation taking the deaths of African Americans lightly, I did not see “distain for America.” I saw a man purposefully choosing a method of protest that was visable, attention grabbing, but also respectful. In stead of doing something offensive during the anthem, he replaced one respectful pose (standing with hand over heart), for another (kneeling…an action so respectful that it is usually only done before God and, in some places, royalty). I fail to see how this shows disdain for America.

    Granted, when people say that those who do not choose to take part in this protest are un-American, I vehemently disagree with this as well.

    • Headmistress
      Posted September 27, 2017 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

      You seem to be confused about the personalities and order of events, because things didn’t happen that way.

      That young man has a name (Kaepernick) and he did not take a knee. He sat on the bench. When asked why, he straight up said why he was doing what he was doing, and it was indeed to express disdain and disrespect: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” He showed up at the press conference to discuss his stance wearing a Fidel Castro t-shirt. And he didn’t take a knee- his first action, the start of all this, was not taking a knee, it was sitting firmly on the bench while his team-mates stood. Taking a knee was a later innovation as the visuals of sitting on your backside on the bench were not really helping his message. Kaepernick has also stated that communist Cuba is better than America. He chose to wear socks with pigs wearing police hats to training camp. So he’s not taking a respectful stand, nor had he ever intended respect. https://townhall.com/columnists/brentbozell/2017/08/18/colin-kaepernick-historys-hero-n2370183

      Something else to consider- the NFL has previously fined or seriously threatened to fine players who have chosen a method of support for a cause that was visible, attention grabbing, but actually respectful (unlike sitting on your butt on the bench)- players were not allowed to wear a simple decal on their helmets expressing support for police officers murdered while defending a BLM protest. Players have been fined or forbidden to wear eye black in support of cancer vicitms, domestic abuse victims, for wearing patriotic cleats in support of 9/11 victims ON 9/11.
      https://sports.yahoo.com/news/players-wear-patriotic-cleats-despite-nfls-threat-of-fines-134517657.html

      But they allow this far more distracting and offensive form of protest during time that fans have paid for.

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