IN MY OPINION:
The NFL adopted a policy that would fine teams and league personnel who do not “stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem,” the league announced Wednesday.
There’s ONE thing in that policy I can get with:
“Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed.” …and if I had MY way that field would be empty during the Anthem!
I say this to the NFL and to Trump, it’s NOT or never was about the flag or an Anthem which mentions slavery and was written by an anti-abolitionist! This protest was/is against a country that oppresses minorities, a country that will NEVER be great until you get THAT shit under control.
In MY opinion white men telling Black men what they can and cannot say… that they should be grateful to have a paycheck, and not to use their platform and voice to express their opinion… is an irony, to say the least!
Now I’m sure that the NFL, Trump or those of you reading this could give a damn if I never, ever set foot in another stadium or watch another game. In fact the only time you will EVER see me near an NFL stadium is if I’m trying to burn it to the ground!
Given that the majority of NFL players are African American or as I like to say BLACK, it is impossible in today’s racially charged and politically divided landscape to expect players to stick to the game and be silent on important matters in the public square. Being well-paid for their labor does not require them to relinquish their right to express themselves – in fact, it gives them a greater platform with greater influence that can be stewarded for the greater good.