From Regan Pifer: I am so tired of the National Football League. Exhausted.
It makes me want to kneel. I’m going to kneel to protest their kneeling.
So what’s the latest? There are four professional football players who “submitted a 10-page memo to the league’s top officials asking for ‘overt league support’ and a month of anti-police activism.”
Anti-police activism? You’re anti-police? Because, we don’t want the police? Need the police?
I’m so confused…
According to Blue Lives Matter , four NFL football players (Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins and Torrey Smith, and retired NFL player Anquan Boldin) wrote a 10-page memo to Roger Goodell:
The memo asks for the league to make the month of November as “activism awareness month” such as the league does with breast cancer.
“Since 2016, police have shot over 300 men and women in this country. Some of the names and stories are familiar—Jordan Edwards, Trayvon Martin, Alton Sterling, but hundreds of others are not,” the memo says…
…To be clear, we are asking for your support,” part of the memo reads, according to Yahoo Sports. “We appreciate your acknowledgement on the call regarding the clear distinction between support and permission. For us, support means: bear all or part of the weight of; hold up; give assistance to, especially financially; enable to function or act.
Sooooo….there should be an anti-police activism month because “police have shot over 300 men and women in this country.”
And the NFL should support this…why?
From a business standpoint, it certainly hasn’t helped their ratings. I mean, after all, Colin Kaepernick’s former team, the San Francisco 49ers, has tickets “reselling for the price of two stadium pretzels.”
And, from a progress standpoint, it has only created greater divide between players, fans, and the league.
In other words, it has done nothing besides make millionaire athletes the center of attention over a controversial social issue.
But, if we do adopt this, should there be an anti-black-on-black crime awareness month as well? After all, according to FBI statistics, 90% of African-American homicides were committed by…African Americans.
Should we raise awareness and protest this?
How about an anti-domestic violence month? A don’t-flash-your-handgun-in-a-club month? A don’t-shoot-at-the-cops month?
And, what was in this memo anyways?
The four individuals who submitted this memo suggest that forty football players, the “Players Coalition”, wants to “work on criminal justice reform on various levels.”
That includes anything from “police transparency/accountability, bail reform, criminalization of poverty, mass incarceration (mandatory minimum sentences, juvenile life parole)” to “participation in Op-Eds, letters, emails, phone calls and recorded messages to legislators regarding specific criminal justice reform legislation.”
Soooo, they want to protest. They want to engage in reform as any other human being in America can…and, if for the right cause, should.
Why do they need the NFL for this? They have enough money, clout, and power to make a difference.
The problem is–they don’t want to make a difference. They want to scream and shout, and kneel, and raise their fist, and proclaim identity politics and martyr problems. They want to point their finger from their cushy, wealthy existence and place the problem at the doorstep of the NFL.
And if the NFL doesn’t respond, that’s another finger to point.
If only Martin Luther King, Jr. were an athlete…how much more he could have accomplished.