I wanna talk about the NFL protests and the recent comments by Donald Trump in regards to the NFL and the athletic community in general.
Starting with Trump’s comments at a rally this weekend.
"Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say: “Get that son of a b---- off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired,” Trump said as he stood in front of a giant American flag at a campaign rally for Alabama senator Luther Strange.
Followed by some of his comments on twitter:
Trump called out Curry by name for not accepting the invite to go to the white house, he calls out Kaepernick often using his name to draw boos, he had his press secretary call for the firing of Jemele Hill for calling him a white supremacist
and I can’t forget what happened to Kenneth Frazier after Mr. Frazier left the now disbanded economic counsel. Mr. Frazier was the only one Trump attacked-all the other white people who left did so without comment from Trump.
No doubt that Trump attacks most everyone-except Putin-but he always reacts to black criticism. The fact that Miss Texas was able to criticize him freely and not get a tweet the next morning says a lot.
My thoughts on this are that once again Donald Trump shows himself to be a disgusting racist. He has harsher words for Steph Curry and and black NFL players-at one point calling them “sons of bitches” but when Nazi’s show up in a town they are “very fine people on both sides”
“Me myself personally” I have been protesting the national anthem since i was a child. Got sent to the principals office a few times- blah blah. So far only one person in public has ever said anything to me, and that was a meek but very angry old woman. I am not surprised by the anger people are getting for not standing for the flag. People are using the flag as a red hearing it ain’t about the soldiers. The flag is a identity that I would argue represents white people more than anything else. In my own anecdotal experiences the so called racial minorities never got upset at me for not saying the pledge-but it was a sure fire way to get whites yelling at me about “freedom”, “sacrifice” and “soldiers” I argue that today the flag is a representation of white America-and that is why some of my countrymen take more offense than others. The optics of having blacks protest their identity is too much.
The culture around this “debate” has been framed as blacks versus cops or black NFL players vs America, and each time the flag is used as a back drop for one side versus the other. Trump is not very good at dog whistle but he knows some of the words for it.
I just can’t get over the fact that he has curses for black Americans protesting injustice but has compliments for racism. At first glance it looks like Trump lashes out at everybody but a closer look shows he is very selective on who he spews venom on. How are peaceful protests ‘sons of bitches’ but Virginia had "very fine people"
One of those ‘sons of bitches’: