First of all, who is Five-Deferment Donny to speak about what is proper respect for the flag or the anthem? I mean, look at this shit from April.
The subtle nudge from Melania reminding Trump to put his hand over his heart for the National Anthem pic.twitter.com/iswL9YMVWv— Lis Power (@LisPower1) April 17, 2017
Or this, from the GOP primaries.
So who's the son of a bitch? pic.twitter.com/UQewWjrz0O— David Hoffman (@atDavidHoffman) September 23, 2017
In fairness, it could just be senility with Trump, but the bottom line is this guy has NO authority to decide what is proper conduct. And neither do the (overwhelmingly white) armchair warriors who try to claim that the anthem or the US flag is "respect for the troops" 1. If you gave a fuck about the troops you wouldn't elect morons like Trump who would throw us into a random war to make up for his...uhhh... inadequacies. 2. You don't give a damn about "freedom" or "diversity" in what you constantly claim is The Best Country in America.
Your talk of freedom is THE FREEDOM TO IMPOSE YOUR VALUES ONTO OTHERS. You love America if YOU get to set the agenda and morality. But everyone else in this great nation can go to hell, can't they? This comment from one-term fluke Congressman Joe Walsh sums up this white privilege mentality.
If u are a pro athlete and u take a knee during the Anthem cuz u think America is racist, I don't care what color u are, you're ungrateful.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) September 24, 2017
SO much wrong in this statement.
1. You DO care what color the person is. These people have been taking knees because they are not being treated equal due to the color of their skin. Which means America IS racist. And you don't want to think about that unpleasant truth because you don't have to deal with those bad things, and it reminds you of your white privilege.
2. Why are athletes of color supposed to be considered "ungrateful? Making money doesn't mean you are immunized from being given second-class treatment, and it doesn't mean you shouldn't accept second-class treatment. Go ask Seahawks Defensive End Michael Bennett if you don't understand that.
There is also a common theme of those who complain about Trump's disrespect to "shut up and play football." Which to me is completely backwards, and conjures up images in my mind of this sign from the past.
Far too many meatball fans want players to do nothing more than entertain them, and entertain them on their own (mediocre white guy) terms. But when the game ends on Sunday and/or their careers end later on, they couldn't give a flying fuck about those people. It's very much in the "Dance fool, Dance!" type of vein, and maybe athletes playing a violent game at the highest level deserve more than that.
Locally, the Packers have stepped up to the plate, and continued the Lombardian tradition of standing up against inequality and having the backs of their players and other team employees.
Now that's another reason why the Packers are the REAL America's Team. And if any of you small-minded, symbol-addicted posers want to turn in your tickets because that hurts your snowflake feelings- there's tens of thousands of us that will replace you in a heartbeat. And unlike you, we'll respect the players that represent the Green and Gold on the field.
While I'm cool with guys taking a knee or sitting on the bench during the anthem on their own, it looks like a common theme of what might be done today on NFL sidelines is a locking of arms or taking a knee in team unity. I think that may be the best message of all in light of our "divide and conquer" president trying to pass over injustices being inflicted far too many of our fellow Americans.
Aaron Rodgers just posted this on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/ngpvgmZmCZ— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) September 24, 2017
We can have athletes say things on their own and it serves a purpose in breaking people out of their comfortable cocoons and make some aware that far too many Americans are given second-class treatment. But having all 53 players and the coaches saying "WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND WE ARE ALL TOGETHER IN THIS, AND NONE OF US WILL BE TREATED UNEQUALLY" seems more powerful.