Class Warfare Blog

July 31, 2018

Respect the Football!

A question came up on Quora recently that is indicative of a great many similar questions and discussions. Here it is:

Why do some liberals think it’s okay for black athletes to disrespect the flag (think about the soldiers that died fighting for our country)? Yes, I get that racism still exists, but a (American) football game is not the time.

So, the points being made here are … uh, umm … well that soldiers fight for the flag? WTF! That’s not true. Most combat soldiers fight for one of two reasons: to protect their buddies in arms or they fight for “their country.” I have never heard of any soldier who fought for the flag, either literally or figuratively.

Kneeling, what the players were doing, is disrespect? Is this true in church? If so, the Catholics, for one, are going to be in deep doo doo. Imagine disrespecting god … in a church! As a research project, I would like to know who was the first person to rule that civilians needed to stand and take their hats off during the playing of the national anthem. Soldiers I can see, civilians … I wonder.

And the football players are not kneeling for the flag. The flag is flying before they kneel and after. They are kneeling during the anthem and the anthem is a song.

And, whoaaaaa, an American football game is not the place or the time to discuss or address racism. Really? Hmmm, 70% of the players are Black or Hispanic, 100% of the owners are wealthy and White. Seems like the perfect place to discuss racism.

Look, I can resolve this whole issue simply.

Before the playing of the national anthem, post the following message on the message board and have it read over the loudspeakers. Ahem … “The NFL, <team owner’s name>, and the <team name> bring you to your attention that Black Americans face police brutality and prejudice and racism almost every day. We urge you to work in your community to ensure that all citizens are treated fairly and without prejudice by their community’s police.”

Then play the anthem. Not a single player will kneel.

Ta da!

Note That was all the players were trying to do with their “protest.” What they received from it was a face full more of racism and authority deliberate mischaracterization of their motives and not a single ounce f understanding and acknowledgement. Can anyone tell me what disrespecting “the flag” or “the troops” means or would be motivated by? The mischaracterization is easily seen as being motivated by racism and politics and little else.

5 Comments »

  1. Disrespect the flag?

    I think you disrespect the flag when you emphasize meaningless ritual and symbolism over actual action. When you make noise about “patriotism” but then fail to support “liberty and justice for all”. When you say “support our troops” and then vote for politicians who will send those troops into harm’s way without good reason. When “equality for all” becomes “equality for only me and those like me” you disrespect the flag, and every soldier who sacrificed to create or protect our country. By kneeling in protest, by refusing to participate in pointless rituals that accomplish nothing, those football players are standing up for the values the flag represents. Good for them.

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    Comment by Ubi Dubium — July 31, 2018 @ 10:43 am | Reply

  2. Damn straight Mr. President! My buddies and myself fought to keep each other alive.
    One more flag comment. Wearing clothing made to look like the flag is being very disrespectful, not that I care and never tell anybody who does so, just see them as the hypocrites they are when they are critical of the football players who kneel during the playing of that vile song.
    Also, it is in the flag etiquette guidelines that the flag should never be carried parallel to the ground, and yet we see these super huge flags at some football stadiums that almost cover the entire playing surface and ARE carried parallel to the ground.
    Oh, most of said hypocrites tend to be xtians. They don’t read their own holy book it seems. They mention, shout at you actually, about the splinter in you eye, while never seeing the huge log in their own.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — July 31, 2018 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

    • Those flag etiquette rules were actually made federal law, I believe. The one about not using flag motifs in clothing is regularly flouted. It is okay to hang a flag vertically (in either orientation) but as you say are distinct no-no’s.

      It is a character flaw that all of us believe that the way we do is correct and only others are wrong. (Hence the tens of *thousands *of different brands of Xtian.)

      On Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 5:25 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 1, 2018 @ 11:20 am | Reply

  3. I’ll just say this: punishing people for not paying sufficient respect to the national symbols is a lot more like the spirit of the Soviet Union than Obamacare could ever be.

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    Comment by List of X — August 8, 2018 @ 10:19 am | Reply


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