Your Move, NFL Ownership: About A Dozen Browns' Players Kneeled In Prayer During The National Anthem
Quite honestly, I'm stunned that this is how things are playing out. I thought that collectively (and cowardly) shunning a qualified quarterback due to his interest in a cause as benign as equality would completely and totally suppress the support of that very same sentiment throughout a league that's largely African American. Granted, the reemergence of motherfucking neo-Nazis hasn't exactly done too much to quell the overarching fear felt by people of color, but who could have possibly predicted the continued widening of the racial divide when Donald Trump took office? I simply cannot believe there's more than one single black athlete that is willing to risk his livelihood on behalf of the safety of those that share his skin color, never mind the fact that one of their white peers also feels compelled to recognize his inherent privilege by way of taking a knee!
It's just shocking stuff. You really have to feel for the wealthy NFL owners that desperately want their employees to go out there with little-to-no job security and risk their long-term health free of public, politicized opinions that really shouldn't be considered political in nature. They thought they nipped this in the bud and that everyone would go back to "sticking to sports" after they did their part in making an example out of one guy who is undoubtedly deserving of a roster spot. At the risk of comparing proud, progressive NFL players to 8-legged freaks, a bunch of billionaires basically tried to stomp on a spider while ignoring the sac full of babies on it's back. Suuuper surprising that that resulted in the rapid spreading of the belief that black people are inherently marginalized amongst members of a league whose business model inherently exploits the efforts of predominantly black rosters.
Also, don't think it's lost on me that some of those people who were overly critical of Colin Kaepernick's decision to bring "politics" to the field by taking a knee will use the Browns' bringing the religion of their choice to the field by taking a knee as a way to view that gesture in a more positive light than this gesture....
The irony (and hypocrisy) run deep when asking those who entertain you to cease from having thoughts simply because those thoughts don't mirror your own...