The NFL is Un-Patriotic

I’ve never been so disgusted in my life as I’ve been over the past few days due to the lack of patriotism shown by some 200 players in the National Football League along with coaches, staff and even some owners. Not only does the United States Code make clear that whenever the national anthem is played, everyone present is to stand facing the flag, or the music if no flag is present, at attention with their left hand by their side and their right hand over their heart, (military personnel in uniform are required to exercise the hand salute) the operations manual of the National Football League also makes clear that players are to stand at attention while the anthem is being played. The NFL manual also states that the anthem will be played at all games, and the NFL is supposed to at least consider the national anthem as part of the leagues public persona. Not only are these players demonstrating against the country that allows them to play football and draw exorbitant salaries, they are disobeying the operating rules of their own league.
Playing the national anthem at sporting events has become traditional since World War I when a military band at the 1917 World Series in Chicago broke into the Star Spangled Banner during the seventh inning of the game. At the time, the United States hadn’t adopted a national anthem but sports teams adopted the tradition of playing a patriotic song, usually the Star Spangled Banner, during or before a game. The Star Spangled Banner was officially adopted as the national anthem in 1931. During World War II, sports teams played the anthem prior to all events and the tradition has continued and become institutionalized by professional sports organizations and also by collegiate teams. The purpose is specifically to recognize those who have fought for and often died for this country in all of the many wars since the nation was established in 1776. To refuse to stand for the anthem is to dishonor those who have fought for the country, regardless of the intent.
Not only is kneeling or otherwise demonstrating during the national anthem unpatriotic, the reasons these players give for their actions is based not on fact, but on politics. They claim they refuse to recognize their country because of racial injustice, but they have no evidence of such injustice to point toward. The practice stems from the formation of the ad hoc organization known as Black Lives Matter, which started as a Twitter hashtag sent out by three black California women, all political activists, in protest of the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, who was charged with murder when he shot a black teenager. The irony is that although Zimmerman has a Germanic name and his father is white, his mother is of mixed-race and he is also technically black because he had a black ancestor (his great-grandfather was black.) However, the media and black activists – including the NAACP, which at the time was led by a man whose racial makeup was close to Zimmerman’s – failed to point this out and the perception among blacks was that a black teenager was killed by a white man. In reality, a man of mixed race, technically a black man, shot and killed a black teenager after, as it came out in the trial, the teenager assaulted him and knocked him on the ground then began beating him and shouting “I’m going to kill you.”
The three women who started the “Twitter storm” are not everyday black women, they are actually far left political activists. One is a union organizer and all three are heavily involved in left-wing politics, particularly gay/lesbian activities. At least two – Cullars and Garza – are lesbians and all three may be. They are also anti-police and radical as evidenced by their idolization of Joanne Chesimard, a black New Jersey woman and black radical who was convicted of killing a police officer in 1973. Chesimard, who was involved with the black radical group The Black Liberation Army (she was believed to have been “the mother hen”), escaped from prison and made her way to Cuba, where she has been living as an exile since 1984 Chesimard, who goes by the name Assata Shakur, claims she is “a Twentieth Century escaped slave.” The Black Lives Matter founders, Alicia Garza, Patricia Cullars and Opal Tometti, idolize Chesimard and consider themselves to be part of the Black Liberation movement. In short, they are radicals. All three are essentially Marxist in their beliefs and are openly anti-American. They are also heavily involved in LGBTQ activities.
What the players, coaches, staff and owners who suddenly feel the need to kneel during the anthem either fail to realize or perhaps are conscious of it is that kneeling is an act of submission, in this case submission to left-wing politics and the radical Black Lives Matter movement and, by extension, the Black Liberation movement. By kneeling, they are both showing that they are submitting to radical left-wing politics and expressing contempt for the United States. They are also showing flagrant disregard for their flag, their nation and for those who have served their country. Although NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (who’s salary is far more than that of most CEOs left-wingers love to hate) claims players are unifying, they are actually causing massive division, much of it racial – after all, Black Lives Matter is devoted to race.
For that matter, just what is professional football anyway? Simply put it is exhibition. Although it’s represented as a game, professional football – and all professional sports – is actually an exhibition. Oh sure, they have league standings and play a “super bowl” each year but they are actually putting on exhibitions each time they play for pay. They are entertainers. The NFL, which was a nonprofit until recently, rakes in billions of dollars each year through gate sales and, most prominently, from TV networks and advertisers. The NFL even has its own TV network, which is only available to paid subscribers. As for their tax-exempt status, although the league itself relinquished its tax-exempt status in 2015, the NFL central office maintained theirs. The NFL and other sports entities still receive tax monies from localities and states by coercing the government entities to fund and maintain the facilities in which they play their games.
As for the conduct of players, the NFL operations manual states that they are to respect the national anthem by standing at attention with their helmets held against their left sides and their hands over their hearts while it is being performed. No, this is not found in the NFL rule book, which governs the games, it’s found in the NFL operations manual, the document under which the league itself operates. By kneeling during the playing of the anthem, players are not only disrespecting their country, they are also violating their league official policies. Now, all Americans have the right to protest, which includes acts such as burning the American flag, participating in legally sanctioned gatherings and speaking out but those rights do not extend to public facilities, which many football stadiums are, and to the workplace. Bear in mind that these players are paid employees of their clubs and whenever they’re at a game (exhibition), they’re representing their employers as well as their team and the league. Whenever a player fails to stand for the national anthem, they are sending a message, a message of disrespect for and even hatred for the nation of which they are citizens. If that’s not divisive, I don’t know what is. That football players are seen as heroes by many young people makes their actions even more deplorable. There is also another issue – their actions are racial and they are racist.
In the English language, words have prefixes and suffixes that convey meaning. In regard to race, the word can be modified in a number of ways, including the addition of “ial”, which means “relating to,” ism, which means “state or quality,” – it also means adherence – and “ist,” which means “a person, one who does an action.” (which means that having thoughts does not make one a racist, there has to be an action.) So, by definition, “racial” means “relating to” race, as in Black Lives Matter, “racism” means adherence to a philosophy of race, meaning to focus on race, as BLM and other organizations based on race do, and a “racist” is one who performs actions related to race – as in kneeling during the national anthem or protesting a jury verdict because of racial beliefs, or their actions are based on their racial state. In short, those who are kneeling to “protest racism” are actually racists who are practicing racism by their actions.
The entire fiasco – because that is what it is – is filled with irony. First, we have players pretending to be protesting “racial injustice” in concert with a racist movement, Black Lives Matter. Then there is the irony of Colin Kaepernick, who claimed he was protesting the treatment of blacks and people of color. Kaepernick is of mixed race – his mother was a 19-year old white woman who became pregnant by a black man who left her before the child was born. She gave the baby up for adoption and he was raised by a white family in white society. Ironically, Kaepernick is a professing Christian but he is supporting a movement that is anything but Christian. Black Lives Matter is also anti-semantic and one of its offshoots has branded the nation of Israel as genocidal. Now we have NFL players, some of whom claim to be Christian, protesting in concert with a movement that is as anti-Christian as they come. Another irony is that by protesting, Black Lives Matter and now NFL players are not helping the cause of African-Americans, they are hurting them by causing massive division. Their claims of nonexistent racial inequality are causing racial strife and unless something changes, it is only going to get worse.
Black Lives Matter and the NFL protests claim they are protesting racial injustice but the facts don’t bear out their claims. They claim that blacks are being singled out by police and shot when in fact blacks only account for 28% of those killed by police. Whites account for more than 50% and Hispanics for the remainder. Black politicians also frequently refer to “driving while black” as some kind of evidence that police are quick to stop blacks for traffic violations. In fact, white drivers are also stopped. I am almost 72 years old and have been driving since I was sixteen, a total of almost 56 years. In that time, I have been pulled over by police numerous times. In each case, the officer claimed some kind of justification. In a couple of cases I was driving over the speed limit. In another, I was stopped because the officer didn’t think I was wearing my seat belt and I had out-of-state license plates. I was stopped twice by officers who claimed I “rolled through” stop signs. Granted, in most of those cases the officer’s actions were justified. In the stop sign cases, I don’t think so because I had actually stopped, but the officers said I didn’t’ come to a complete stop – whatever! In neither case was I ticketed – in the first case the officer, an older white woman in Kentucky who stopped me after I had come in late at night from a flight, called my information in to her dispatcher and was told to let me go. In the other, the most recent, I was stopped by a very polite black officer – this was right after the Sandra Bland incident – who was very courteous and let me off with a warning. My point is that drivers are going to be stopped, regardless of race, usually because they have been breaking the law.
With that said, the actions of the NFL, its owners and many of its players are beyond disgusting. An American organization chartered under the codes of several US states – it started out in Ohio then moved to Chicago and is now headquartered in New York City – and of the United States. Until 2015, the league was registered with the IRS as a 501c (6) organization and enjoyed tax-exempt status. As a US corporation, the NFL is bound to obey US laws – and they are bound to obey their own corporate rules as put forth in their company operations manual. Even worse, they have demonstrated their lack of respect for their nation, and particularly for the veterans and dead of the wars that have been fought to keep this country free. The NFL has become un-patriotic and supportive of radical politics.

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