Well folks, it’s going to be a long Sunday. For any of us who thought we’d be able to escape politics and anti-American and anti-Trump BS, forget it.
American football players are taking their “kneeling protest” on the road. Just hours ago across the pond in London, members of the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars took a knee during the playing of their country’s national anthem. Some players instead opted to lock arms with staff, including the owner of the Jaguars, Shahid Khan. Khan, the only minority owner of a team in the NFL one of several league owners to have contributed $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee.
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) September 24, 2017
Here’s the protest.
But here’s the rub. Amazingly all players then STOOD as the British anthem, “God Save the Queen” was played. Seriously? If you want to talk about white, patriarchal colonialism and classism, do you need to look further than the bloody United Kingdom?
Per the New York Daily News, Following the protests, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti released a statement backing the statement made by his players during the national anthem.
“We recognize out players’ influence. We respect their demonstration and support them 100 percent,” Bisciotti said in his statement. “All voices need to be heard. That’s democracy in its highest form.”
Yes, well you’ll be hearing more voices heard when ticket sales and ratings continue to decline for NFL games.
It’s hilarious that multi-millionaire men of color who play to WIN are complaining about equality and fairness. Why not just take the Vince Lombardi trophy and rotate it around to a different team each week, so everyone can experience it. Take your Super Bowl ring and let the other guys wear it too. That’s fair, right?
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]