Congratulations patriotic Americans, it is YOUR fault that more athletes are joining the “Take a Knee” movement.
For those who aren’t in the know, athletes across the country, mainly in the NFL, are taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police violence and specifically, the murders of black people at the hands of police.
The protests have now found their way into baseball with Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell dropping down to his knee for the Star-Spangled Banner before a Saturday night game against the Texas Rangers. To be fair, in Maxwell’s case, he explained,
And this goes beyond the black community, and this goes beyond the Hispanic community, because right now we’re having an indifference and a racial divide in all types of people. It’s being practiced from the highest power that we have in this country, and it’s basically saying that it’s OK to treat people differently.
I mean, what? But still, the protests surround the idea that there is an epidemic of black people-murdering cops across the country. Stupidity.
However, that the protests have become this widespread is the fault of proud Americans. Right wing pundits are the biggest perpetrators, and even now, the president deserves fault too. As president Trump stated during a rally in Alabama the other night, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.’”
See what this does, is make the debate about disrespecting the flag, country, anthem, etc, instead of highlighting how the protest itself is invalid because it is based on untruths and lies. I mean we can go over again and again about how wrong the Black Lives Matter movement is, about how cops do not often kill anyone, let alone black people, whose violent crime rate would predict a higher rate of contact, specifically lethal contact, with cops. The information is out there and easily accessible, Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, linked above, has been shouting about this for years now and is a great source to look to for information on all the lies told by Black Lives Matter.