Thursday, September 28, 2017

Take a Knee Is Peaceful Black Protest that Drives Whites Crazy

Snowflakes are falling in the white heartland. Safe spaces, anyone?

Funny how we forget the Constitution when black people protest.

It's well established by now that predominantly black athletes took a knee to protest police shooting deaths and continuing mistreatment of the black community, despite the fervent denials by the Trump administration to the contrary. What should frame this debate is who sides with whom.

Those who are up in arms at the take-a-knee movement are unsurprisingly white:
Here's a just a handful the many, many white tears that have landed in in the last 24 hours.
The Steelers' team decision to stay out of public view during the national anthem Sunday angered one fire chief so much that he called the coach, Mike Tomlin, an "N-word" on Facebook. He was pressured to resign and has since denied being a racist.
DirecTV went on the defense, and announced they would provide refunds of their Sunday NFL package to customers offended by the anthem protests, even though their company protocol specifically outlines otherwise.
One British tv host felt it critical to get Steven Seagal's much-sought after opinion about the NFL protests. "I think it’s outrageous, I think it’s a joke, it’s disgusting," Seagal said on "Good Morning Britain." I respect the American flag. I myself have risked my life countless times for the American flag and I don’t understand or agree with this kind of behavior. I think it’s an outrage." Unfortunately, Seagal did not comment on his hairline.
The man who Corretta Scott King warned was too racist for federal nomination in 1986, yet has somehow become Attorney General in 2017 called the NFL protests a "big mistake to protest in that fashion because it weakens a commitment we have to this nation that has provided us this freedom."
Wow, Sessions, talk about tortured logic. Taking a knee weakens the American commitment to the freedom to take a knee. Thank God we have such reasoning skills at the DOJ.

Someday this whole incident will pass, and Colin Kaepernick might yet play quarterback again in the NFL. And, yes, we may forget what this incident teaches us most clearly, that this country hasn't moved as far as we thought from the good ole Jim Crow days.

Let's hope we don't forget. Freedom for me but not for thee is a hell of a way to run a country.

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