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in keeping with this enduring moment of national reflection regarding the systematic racism embedded within our legal, educational, political, housing, financial and policing systems brought to national consciousness by the generational clarion call of the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement, i wanted to step aside and showcase opinions and testimonials from the BLACK COMMUNITY i have come across. this will be an ongoing series.
this time i wanted to focus on a recent testimonial given on THE 9 CLUB from the likes of MISSOURI native and professional skateboarder STEEZUS CHRIST entitled "The Plight of My Black Skin."
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i've spoken at length in this forum about the moral vacuity of supporting the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (linked HERE) given their abhorred record of not promoting of social justice of its personnel and clientele as well as the actual inhumane nature of the bloodsport itself, which has shortened the quality of life of many of its participants, professional and collegiate alike. i've criticized them for not only the product that they sell, but also the phony patriotism they wrap it in.
given the apologies this week by current commissioner ROGER GOODELL and a confirmation that yes, the NFL does support efforts to confront racial injustice, i thought i'd revisit the topic. this is why GOODELL and the owners he represents are completely full of shit.
the truth is, for all its macho posturing, the league when confronted by a tyrannical president bent on bifurcating its fanbase along racial lines, basically revealed itself to be impotent, choosing to follow jingoistic patriotism and abandon not only its black athletes, but its fanbase of color as well. just think about that. how. pathetic. the NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION when confronted with a NORTH CAROLINA state legislature that ostracized their transgender community and decided where they should use a public restroom, the NBA gave them the middle finger and relocated their upcoming ALL STAR GAME. bold. unwavering. righteous. never mind the fact that they have a longstanding policy of supporting their players on matters of social justice.
the NFL made no such attempt at sending any indication of their being daylight between the shield and the flag. now that 70% of AMERICANS side with the protestors who are demanding long overdue reform and the TRUMP administration is witnessing their support and polling data quickly depreciating before their eyes, oh now the NFL has found a conscious. FUCK THEM.
for all the talk of DREW BREES and TOM BRADY being paragons of virtue, their past actions of complicity and tacit approval of this criminal president will stain them for posterity.
unlike COLIN KAEPERNICK who bravely forfeited his own career for silent, respectful protest in honor of his fellow AMERICANS. he is an actual patriot.
his protest of kneeling during the national anthem has become the de facto sign of respect and solidarity with the movement for social justice for BLACK AMERICANS in the UNITED STATES. again, how pathetic is the NFL?
NATE BOYER, a former GREEN BERET and former SEATTLE SEAHAWK, suggested kneeling as a way of peacefully protesting police brutality during the national anthem while showing it unflinching respect and honor. it was TRUMP that made this an issue and the NFL showed itself for what it is: a lapdog.
a little lapdog with no teeth or sense of moral agency. again, how pathetic is the NFL? i won't forget any of this. SHAME ON YOU.