Skip to comments.Donald Trump's latest spat isn't about sport or patriotism, it's about race
Posted on 09/25/2017 2:08:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Make no mistake, President Donald Trump's spat with some of the most prominent sporting stars in America is not about patriotism, or even sport. Despite his protestations, it is about race.
American football is essentially a game played by black men for the entertainment of white men: 70 per cent of the top tier NFL players are African-American, 83 per cent of NFL fans are white and two-thirds of them are men.
None of the multi-millionaires and billionaires who own NFL franchises are black. And while most of those black NFL players are paid handsomely, it is becoming increasingly clear that many are paying a massive price with devastating injuries, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy which has driven dozens to early dementia or suicide.
The current dispute has its origins in a silent protest against the treatment of minorities in America by the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick.
In August last year Kaepernick stayed in his seat while the rest of his team and the crowd rose to sing the national anthem before a pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers.
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour," Kaepernick said at the time. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.
"There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
His comments came after months of Black Lives Matter protests, in response to police shootings of black men in particular. Black people in America are three times as likely to be killed by police as white people, and five times as likely to be sent to prison.
Kneeling has caught on
Kaepernick's sit-down protest created a fierce debate at the height of the 2016 presidential election campaign that has continued ever since. He was accused of being unpatriotic, and disrespectful of Americans who have fought and died for their country.
Defenders said it was his free speech right, under the American constitution, to refuse to stand.
In response to criticisms, Kaepernick modified his stance, to become a kneel, rather than a sit, which he saw as more deferential to veterans, some other players joined in and the controversy continued.
Kaepernick left the 49ers after last season, to become a "free agent" making him able to sign with any team, free from the NFL drafting system, yet surprisingly no team has picked him up.
Statisticians have concluded that reflects owners' concerns over bad PR rather than his performance.
With Kaepernick off the field, a few others continued to emulate his kneeling.
While sidelined, Kaepernick has continued to court controversy, likening police to the patrols once sent to recapture runaway slaves, and his partner Nessa Diab appeared to liken the owner of the Baltimore Ravens, who baulked at signing Kaepernick, to a slave owner.
'Get that son of a bitch off the field'
At a rally in deep southern Alabama on Friday, Mr Trump told the crowd, "We're proud of our country, we respect our flag Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired!'"
Separately, one of America's top basketball players Steph Curry told reporters on Friday he didn't want to go to the White House on what has become a customary visit for the championship team. That prompted a rather petulant-sounding response on Twitter from the President, who withdrew the invitation.
Fellow basketballer Lebron James hit back on Twitter, calling the President a "bum" and pointing out that he couldn't disinvite Steph Curry, because he'd already said he wasn't going, and adding pointedly, "Going to the White House was a great honour until you showed up!"
Picking a Twitter fight with some of America's best-known black athletes may not seem like the wisest move, so what is Mr Trump's end game?
Remember 83 per cent of NFL fans are white. The President is calling for those mostly white fans to stop watching the NFL until all-white team owners bring their mostly black players into line, or fire them.
Owners back players, but do fans?
Unfortunately for Mr Trump, some of those team owners, including friends and supporters, think this time he's gone too far.
Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots defended the right of his players to "affect social change" and "raise awareness" and expressed "deep disappointment" in Mr Trump.
The owners of the Cleveland Browns said the President's comments were "misguided, uninformed and divisive".
Buoyed by the support of their team owners, more than 100 football players in weekend games have emulated Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem.
But Mr Trump remains, first and foremost, a populist with an uncanny ability to read the American mood (or at least an ability to read opinion polls).
Polls have shown 72 per cent of Americans think the Kaepernick kneel is "unpatriotic" and 61 per cent say they don't support his stance. But if you ask black Americans, only 11 per cent oppose Colin Kaepernick's protest.
Ratings for the NFL have fallen by double digits since 2016, and the most common reason given by fans for switching off was the national anthem protests over the way America treats minorities.
Yes, Mr President, this really is about race.
Yep. What else have they got?
Well, it’s about really about Patriotism and respect for your country.
But I guess people with low IQs don’t get that.
No, dumb Aussies, it’s about disrespecting our National Anthem, our flag, and the members of the military who fought and died defending the flag so that these over-paid semi-literate fools could have the freedom to play a stupid game!
The article is drivel.
It would be racist to refrain from condemning the players knee action because most of them are black.
The moron who wrote this article things ratings are down because of how America treats its minorities. No, it’s about how these minorities, black and white millionaires treat the fans who love this country.
>>Did everyone in the media get an e-mail this morning saying “make this racial”?
They got it a year ago and stuck it in their cubicle right over their monitor. The level of outrage on our side has become high enough that they can now pull out the race card and use our outrage to “prove” that we are all secret klansmen.
This is cultural cleansing, to scare the weak-minded over to their side out of fear of being denounced as a racist.
In any communist revolution, this is almost the time for them to strike for real.
When all else fails, play the race card
Coincidentally, Kaepernick became socially aware after losing his starting job. By that time he had already banked $40 million.
Nobody treats minorities worse than minorities.
Democrats have NOTHING to give so they go with the race BS..and they lose every single time, people are SICK of it but with the left, they have nothing else, pretty sad
Oh crap... I thought it was about Russia.
If it is about race, why have Jim Brown, George Foreman and Franco Harris all come out against the protests?
His critics think he is impulsive, however there is a lot of evidence that he is patient and smart enough to wait for maximum damage.
Boring, predictable, stupid and tiresome charges.
Make no mistake, President Donald Trump’s spat with some of the most prominent sporting stars in America is not about patriotism, or even sport. Despite his protestations, it is about race.
Sorry. 100% wrong once again. Go to hell.
Bull. They hide behind race but its about traditional values and respect for our flag and all it stands for vs. liberalism and hatred of Trump.
So they let elementary school kids write articles declaring that calling out someone for being unpatriotic is Racist???
WHat the hell are they Smoking in Australia, and do you have any left?
Every kneeler and BLM should learn from this:
It's 12 minutes long, but well worth the viewing. Some may need a tissue.
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