Once I see pampered Nationwide Soccer League gamers kneeling in self-righteous protest at soccer video games whereas “The Star-Spangled Banner” performs, a searing picture flashes via my thoughts.
A dirty, skinny child of perhaps 18 writhing in mud. Screaming. Blood in all places. One other child of perhaps 20 preventing to press a gauze pad over a gaping wound. Each scared to dying.
No matter purported wrongs and slights the NFL elite are protesting as they politicize skilled soccer, they can’t start to match these youngsters’ ache, struggling and sacrifice.
The gamers’ kneeling exhibits an boastful disrespect for these youngsters and the hundreds of thousands of others who’ve served this nation, from Valley Forge to Afghanistan, and on all of the bloody battlefields in between. It’s an conceited disrespect for the greater than 1 million who’ve died serving this nation, preventing beneath the flag the protesters dismiss.
That there are official grounds for protest is incontrovertible. This nation has not all the time carried out proper by its minorities. Even provided that, why is it acceptable for multimillionaire gamers and coaches and workforce house owners to denigrate the very individuals who served and sacrificed to guard their proper to protest injustice? Why would they assume their lack of respect would engender respect for his or her trigger? How did we get thus far?
“The progressive forces of id politics began this poisoning of America’s favourite spectator sport final yr by making a hero of Colin Kaepernick for refusing to face for ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ earlier than video games,” The Wall Road Journal says in an editorial.
Kaepernick, a privileged man with a nifty shoe assortment and a Porsche, performed for the San Francisco 49ers. He purchased into the cops-are-killing-blacks-and- getting-away-with-it meme hook, line and sinker, the identical meme roundly debunked by Heather Mac Donald in her ebook, “The Warfare on Cops: How the New Assault on Regulation and Order Makes Everybody Much less Protected.”
“I’m not going to face up to take pride in a flag for a rustic that oppresses black individuals and other people of colour,” he stated final yr after refusing to face for the anthem.
Says The Journal: “They raised the stakes this yr by turning him right into a progressive martyr as a result of no workforce had picked him as much as play quarterback” after he left San Francisco. The left, The Journal notes, blames race and sophistication, however it might be he’s simply not ok.
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