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The NFL And Black Lives Matter

The NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, apparently felt that he had to commiserate with the black community because 70% of the players in the NFL are black or maybe he felt like he needed some attention so he said this:

“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell said. “We the National Football League admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.”

“We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country. Without black players, there would be no National Football League.”

Commissioner Goodell seems to be speaking for the entire league so I guess “We, the National Football League” means that Commissioner Goodell, all the owners, all the coaches, all the players, and all the referees will be knelling with the rest of the idiots who want to disrespect the American flag and the playing of the national anthem before the NFL games.

I have a few thoughts for Commissioner Goodell to think about while he lies prostrate before the black lives matter mob.

First ~ All Lives Matter! The statement ‘Black Lives Matter’ is racist and divisive on its face. The fact is that Caucasian Lives Matter, Hispanic Lives Matter, Asian Lives Matter just as much as black lives. ALL LIVES MATTER!

Second ~ If the NFL is going to allow players to disrespect the flag and the national anthem millions of Americans won’t be watching. Go ahead and rename it the Negro Football League and the players can go out and riot after the games. I can find other things to do on Sunday.

Third ~ What is this much needed change you are talking about? I want specifics, not empty rhetoric, and I want a specific plan to implement said change. The United States has spent 15 trillion dollars, that’s trillion with a T, on Lyndon Baines Johnson’s ‘great society’ and where are we?

Fourth ~ There is no evidence that what happened to George Floyd was racially motivated. There are certainly incidents where race may or not have played a part, however, there is certainly no evidence that there is 'systemic racism' in America. There are, however, indications that remnants of affirmative action hurt whites and Asians while favoring blacks unfairly.

Fifth ~ It seems to me that if there is any systemic racism in the United States it is self inflicted by the black community upon itself.

Over 70% of black children are born out of wedlock. Black adults need to step up. Black men, in particular, need, to set a good example for their children: study, work hard, stay home and take care of their kids, stay off drugs, and show respect for themselves, their community, and their country.

The black population votes virtually en masse for leaders who protect the crappy teachers in the the teachers' unions. In some states as many as 50% of black youth do not graduate from high school and graduation rates are far below Caucasian and Asian graduation rates in all states. If blacks do manage to graduate, there is a good probability they cannot read or do math at the appropriate grade level. As an example, the school system in predominately black Baltimore (about 65%), spends $16,000 per student annually. Unfortunately, in 13 of the 39 public high schools there was not one, not one, student who was proficient in math in 2017.

Blacks oppose ‘stop and frisk’ which has proven to save black lives even though thousands of black people are shot and killed in our inner cities every year mostly by other black people.

Thousands of black men end up incarcerated (that’s ‘jail’ to folks in Yorba Linda) for committing any number of crimes - just watch the riots on television - robbery, destruction of property, arson, assaults and murders.

The blacks vote for the ‘free lunch’ time after time...unfortunately, there is no free lunch. The constitution guarantees us life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It does not guarantee us low income housing, day-care for our kids, Obamaphones, and $200 sneakers.

Blacks continue to vote for the people who oppose school choice which would free many of their children from failing schools.

And finally, when stopped by the police for whatever reason, show them some respect. If, in the moment, the police say jump, you should say, “How high?” In many of these high profile police encounters where the police end up hurting someone or getting hurt themselves, it seems that there is an unwillingness to cooperate with the police that escalates into a violent incident - i.e., Rodney King, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, and now, George Floyd. The police want to go home at night unscathed as much as the citizen they are interacting with. If they exceed their authority, that’s what the courts are for.
Sixth ~ Furthermore, I reject the assertion that there is 'systemic racism' in the United States. If there is this great systemic racist society in the United States that oppresses blacks, prove it. I’m listening.

Maybe if we all held hands (figuratively speaking ~ remember proper social distancing) and sang Kumbaya, everything will be better.

Posted by Rick | June 6, 2020 03:26 PM

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