For these privileged multi-millionaires to bring up oppression is very upsetting. Based on our culture, these players’ grandparents might have been oppressed but they certainly aren’t. They’re blessed and in the upper 1% of income earners. What specific laws are in place that holds African Americans back? What specific laws are in place that helps only white people? They don’t exist so exactly how are they being oppressed?
There’s absolutely no proof that police brutality is systemic which is what I heard was one of their issues. Statistically speaking, the number of African Americans killed by police officers is a very small percentage of deaths in the African American community; most murders in the black community are committed by other blacks.
There’s no data that shows white police officers have more of a propensity to kill African Americans than African American police officers. How could they legitimately claim racism when this is the case? How do they explain that blacks are being killed by black police officers at a comparable rate to white police officers? Why don’t these athletes protest the real problem and that is black on black crime? This is where the murder rates are.
My liberal friends have stated the players have every right to demonstrate but this isn’t true. When they have their jerseys on they’re working for their employers so if an owner is okay with them protesting that’s up to him or her but they should also accept the consequences like what’s being experienced in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were playing in Chicago and only one of their players by the name of Alejandro Villanueva walked out of the tunnel to put his hand on his heart for the anthem (the rest of the team didn’t come out on the field). It just so happens he was a designated war hero and had lost fellow soldiers on the field of battle so the U.S. flag and anthem mean a lot to him.
Guess who received a reprimand? That’s right, Alejandro because he didn’t stick with the team. It was apparent that the Steeler’s African American coach (Mike Tomlin), was really angry at Alejandro. But reprimanding him was a huge mistake as some fans are burning Steeler paraphernalia for the team’s disrespect of the American flag and for what the flag represents which includes fallen soldiers.
Alejandro’s jersey is experiencing skyrocketing sales which should send a pointed message to the Steeler’s organization. By the way, Steeler’s quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has already made a statement that the team will be on the field next week for the National Anthem and he said he felt terrible about not being out there with Alejandro. It seems like the team might be feeling the heat which I love.
The NFL ratings have been going down over the last few years and this year it’s already down around 12%. There are many reasons why they’re losing ground but I promise you that backlash from what the players are doing will bring it down even further. The NFL and its owners need to take control and not let the tail wag the dog. The players work for them and their job is to entertain; that’s all.
The Left has gone crazy saying Trump’s a racist for saying the owners should fire the players who don’t stand during the National Anthem. Let this sink in. He didn’t say to punish only African Americans who took a knee. He was upset with all players who protested during the National Anthem which included white athletes. Their premise about Trump’s racism is an absolute lie. What does this tell you about the character of those making these false claims? Talk about people who are deplorable.
What was especially disgusting to me being a veteran is that the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars played their game in London yesterday and although they stood for Britain’s anthem they didn’t stand for ours. This is disgusting. What message does this send the world? If these players hate our country so much why don’t they leave? Of course they won’t because they wouldn’t make millions of dollars anyplace else; I guess they don’t appreciate this fact.
Keep in mind that the Armed Forces Network showed this game so our military personnel serving overseas were disrespected by what these players did. The players probably don’t look at it this way but it is what it is. I fought for what our flag represents. Every time it was raised on base and lowered, everyone would stop what they were doing to stand and salute. Our National Anthem helps us to remember the sacrifices of those who fought for a nation we’re blessed to live in; certainly not for African Americans decades ago, but certainly now. Would they prefer living in one of the African Nations?
Many players are back-peddling a bit because they’re getting heat and attempting to soften what they’re saying but I’ve heard enough interviews to know that many of these players don’t respect our country or our flag or the fact that others died for their freedom. Even an Abraham Lincoln statue in Chicago was defaced. Do they realize they owe this white man a debt of gratitude?
Did any of these players learn world history? Britain was an empire builder. They would find an area they liked and they’d take it making many inhabitants slaves. They were heavily involved in the slave trade for hundreds of years. Why do the players respect Britain and not the United States? Although throughout their life they’ve been told their special, America would be okay if they left to become a citizen of another country because they are replaceable. We all are.
I guess the bottom line is that the players are so focused on injustices (whatever they are), that they’ve forgotten that along with their freedom to protest that fans also have freedom to quit buying tickets, merchandise, and/or watch the games. By the way, I believe the fact that so many people don’t even know what they’re protesting about is an indication that it is terribly ineffective.
At the end of the day, what are these players hoping to accomplish? Exactly what changes do they want to take place? I’ve heard several interviews of the players but they couldn’t answer these questions. Just today one of them said he wanted to be treated as an equal but he didn’t explain what that meant. What specifically could we do to help him feel this way?
I’ve heard that some of the players don’t feel the American flag represents them but instead privileged white people. Once again I say if you’re not proud of living here, move. Of course I don’t see this happening since so many athletes and entertainers said they’d leave our country if Hillary lost but much to my dismay they’ve not gone anywhere.
Many political pundits say the players aren’t against our anthem or flag (I think they’re saying this because of the fan backlash), it’s just that they want to use the platform to protest. Just my opinion, but I strongly believe that it is about our anthem and flag. I think that many of the players have hatred in their hearts towards our country which actually means the people; more specifically, white people. If you don’t believe this there are many interviews from various media on YouTube which backs up my statement.
I certainly don’t think it’s justified but I’m not African American so I haven’t walked in their shoes. I can look in the past and be sickened by the treatment of blacks but it hasn’t been the world I’ve lived in. One of my best friends (Billy Taylor), was African American. Billy was an awesome person and died way too young. His heart was completely open to everyone regardless of race and everybody loved him back. Unfortunately this isn’t the case with many of the protestors instead they hold the last few generations responsible for what their ancestors went through. If they don’t open up their hearts like Billy did, they won’t experience the amount of love that is out there and race relations will never improve.
There’s no doubt that our country was holding African Americans back; the operative word being “was.” An African American has the same chances now as a white person for a good life as far as how the system is built. It’s their culture which is holding many of them back and this is sad. There are lower, middle, and upper classes in both the black and white communities so there’s certainly plenty of evidence that both races can climb the economic ladder.
These athletes can do what they want with their protests but there’s no doubt in my mind that they’re going to wish they hadn’t. The backlash is going to be vicious. There are already videos on line with fans across the country burning their team’s merchandise and game tickets. The fact is the NFL has become lucrative primarily due to white people buying tickets and merchandise so although African Americans might love these players’ protests, a large fan base who believes they should stand during our National Anthem will be leaving in droves. This is their right.
It’s interesting that when Tim Tebow took a knee to pray before games the mainstream media attacked him relentlessly. They didn’t think he should express his personal beliefs on the field yet they have no problem with these NFL players expressing their beliefs. I say it all the time but here it goes again…the double-standards by the Left are atrocious.
By the way, they showed some players today standing on the sidelines with their fists in the air demonstrating Black Power like the Black Panthers do. Since they're not White Nationalists I'm sure their racist actions won't get any coverage from the mainstream media nor will liberal political pundits have anything negative to say about this atrocious display of racism.