The Whiteness of the NFL’s Response
Today, I am going to keep this short and sweet. I read two articles recently that illuminate, rather than mitigate, the issues that are driving players to take a knee. One, racial injustice, is prevalent in the owners, the league’s and the media’s coverage of the issue.
First, Jerry Jones has a meeting where he tries to convince the players that he gave the directive about benching them to be seen as the bad guy and deflect attention from them. Please — no one believes that, and these are grown men. They don’t need a white savior — they need a white ally. Two, he IS the bad guy. As a diehard Cowboys fan for over 35 years, I have seen him take drugs, domestic violence and a lot of other things as just business as usual. From some people who actually could more credibly be called bad guys than men who wanted to highlight racial injustice and police brutality. Bad guys? Try righteous guys. Something that Jerry would never understand.
Second, the NFL is meeting to figure out how to put an end to the protests without offending players because ratings are dropping. Implied in that approach is that they only people boycotting that can impact them are white fans. They are either unaware of or unconcerned with the fact that we have been boycotting since the season began. Some people are so white that they can only see and understand outrage when it comes from white people.
I haven’t watched a game all season and I have seen more and more people join the protest as 45 has inserted himself. Jerry Jones is eroding a loyalty to my team that has prompted me to send thousands to attend games, by paraphernalia and do other rabid fan things. What I have learned since turning off the game is that I am much more productive and active without the NFL. While I couldn’t have imagined not watching before, now it would be weird to watch.
What I have also learned is that, true to form, people in America would rather ignore and issue or misdirect it than actually solve it. You just want the 70+% of the league that is black to run, jump, tackle and risk brain damage for your entertainment. Who cares about the actual people? And, THAT is barbaric.