A while ago (at least over a year ago,) USA Today reporter Brent Schrotenboer created a database that included arrest data for NFL players dating back to at least the year 2000.
Now I don’t follow football and I don’t give a tin shit about the NFL (or Nike, for that matter) but I DO care about all the thinly veiled racism, deliberate ignorance, and privilege I see being bandied about.
This is a good source. It is, legit, just stats, no partisan opinion one way or the other. But you can draw your own conclusions. These are mine. I am not suggesting every person who commits a crime, even a “small one,” should lose their jobs or positions. BUT …. the fact the players who committed more serious crimes like domestic violence, bomb threats, and eluding police are still allowed to play is one thing. The fact that they are also able to do so without the “patriotic” public making a stink, boycotting the NFL, or calling for their individual blackballing of the players speaks volumes to me. Only a week or so after the Nike ad featuring Kaepernick dropped, tantruming adult-toddlers are calling for boycotts of Nike, burning their Nike gear (prompting one online comedian to troll that he was a Trump supporter who had burned his own Nikes
to his feet). And all of this petulant floor stomping actually may have affected Nike.
(Then again, some sources are reporting a rise in Nike’s online sales
since they announced Kaepernick as the new face of Nike.)
Either way, all the fuss and anger of a man kneeling for a song in the “land of the free” is such hypocritical bullshit. All of this over a black man who dared not stand for an anthem? I am tired of people making excuses. Is domestic violence more “American” than kneeling in peaceful protest? Because that’s how these very vocal band of boycotters and complainers make it seem. These people are ragging on athletes who “get rich for doing what they love”, are “ingrates”, and are “not being paid to protest.” It almost sounds like they like their strong black men playing sports for public entertainment but otherwise keeping their mouths shut.
Now I have already touched on my opinions on this “to stand or not to stand
” issue. But what I forgot to mention in that post was that I have heard the argument that it is disingenuous for a rich, successful black athlete to protest an issue that many people see as not being “their problem.” But to me, that logic is fallacious on two levels. Firstly, this is usually spoken by a white person who has no idea of the black experience, rich OR otherwise. And for them to assume that just because a person is wealthy that they may not face discrimination is …well, not their goddamn place for one thing. The second reason this argument falls short is just this: for EVER we have had famous or wealthy celebrities and athletes as spokespersons for everything and anything. Obviously paid spokesmanship for a product is different from a cause, but many celebrities have lent their voices (and often their money) to charities and causes
dear to them, from Alicia Silverstone for PETA, Alyssa Milano for UNICEF, Arnold Schwartzenegger for Special Olympics to Lebron James and Kaepernick himself
(once and for all putting to rest the assertion by bitching flag worshipers that he doesn’t really care about the cause, that he isn’t “putting his money where his mouth is.”)
Anyway, as usual, I digress. The bottom line is there is nothing more American than protest, and the people pissed about Kaepernick and Nike are also exercising their right to protest, in the form of boycotts. But wouldn’t their time and energy be better spent is “putting their money where their mouths are” to help come up with a solution instead? Or even if (in their infinite privileged wisdom) they don’t believe in the cause or “problem”, focusing their energy on one of our country’s many other plights? Perhaps they could give away all their Nike gear to all the homeless vets they only ever seem to care about when they (the vets) can be used as an excuse
to keep out immigrants or “reform” welfare.
Lastly, I’m sorry to my regular readers that I haven’t blogged in a while. Part of it is really just mental exhaustion. I think about this stuff a lot of the time, but the idea of sitting and slogging though my thoughts and feelings in order to articulate them is overwhelming. I could say I have been busy (I have) but there is always time for writing. I just haven’t felt motivated to do it. Also, pardon me for turning off the comments for this post. I just don’t have the mental bandwidth for the inevitable trolls that follow posts like this. It’s overwhelming enough dealing with people in our lives daily who think what is going on now is not a problem.
As always, thanks for reading and have a blessed day. ❤
Most of you are aware of the riots going on in Baltimore right now. Supposedly it is because of that poor fellow who died in police custody. That shouldn’t have gone down the way it did. But what is going on now- this is not about that man who died in custody. It shouldn’t have happened… But this is nothing more than cruddy people taking advantage of a situation to try to get away with shit behavior and get free shit. They figure if everyone is doing it, they have safety in numbers. Really, how are your free Slim Jims and stolen pharmacy drugs going to get “justice for Freddie Gray?” The basis of this riot in supposedly seated in race inequality, the media and the deliberately ignorant happily perpetuating the hate by shamelessly race baiting with inflammatory headlines and ignorant memes. I’m not saying race inequality does not exist, but that’s not what all this chaos is about.
Not that long ago, there was a big riot in KY (mostly white people, guys), after of all things, a fucking (sports) game! Obviously, in regards to the Baltimore riot and the death of Mr. Gray, race is being thrown around (again) a lot by all sides. But to me, the Kentucky riot is just further support for the fact that when it comes to behavior like this, race is not the issue. Watch some of the videos circulating. There were peaceful protesters initially, but what you see in common in both the KY and MD incidents has nothing to do with race. It’s nothing but a mob of opportunistic scavengers.
And to those people I say:
U MAD, BRO?
You either get it or you don’t. That’s it. I’m out.