NFL owners will meet next week to discuss forcing players to stand during the National Anthem. No word on whether they will also eject fans who fail to stand, take off their caps, put down their beers, and sing along with sufficient gusto measured by parabolic Gestapo microphones.
Our own David Newquist provides a stirring explanation of why prohibiting players from kneeling during the game-opening tune disrespects both those men’s principles and America’s (which—liberty and justice for all—are really the same):
The NFL men who kneel during the national anthem are paying reverence to victims who have had their lives taken in acts of inequality and denials of justice that are the actual rejections of the flag and everything it is supposed to stand for. They are not showing disrespect to the flag, but are showing sorrow that the country and its flag have betrayed its people. During 2016, the police killed 258 black men. Thirty-nine of them were unarmed. They were shot down as if they were rats in the town dump. Those who kneel during the national anthem are, in fact, honoring the quest for freedom, equality, and justice that the flag symbolizes.
Those who say that the kneeling is an affront to the principles that America professes and those who fought for those principles are the ones who besmirch the national honor. The NFL football players who kneel have stated clearly and precisely that they kneel to call attention to the racist acts of violence that have besmirched the flag. When Trump and his minions say that the kneelers are dishonoring the nation and those who have served, they are indulging in one of the many malicious lies they engage in to aggravate the racist divide that they have revived and widened during Trump’s reign of malice. Trump and his hate squads are fanning the lust for blood and death in the people who love and live for moments of atrocity. Watching football players deliver concussions is not enough. Trumpists defame the kneelers in the hopes that they will be fired and left to roam the streets where anxious and avid gins await them [David Newquist, “Emmett Till and Philandro Castile Died for Your Sins,” Northern Valley Beacon, 2017.10.10].
Our local paper should run Newquist’s column in response to the rank racism it published yesterday from Patrick McHugh.
Speaking of racism, the same President who has vulgarly insulted NFL players honoring their dead brothers is also criticizing storm-ravaged Americans in Puerto Rico and threatening to end federal recovery assistance. Strangely, that same President has not issued similar insults and threats to storm victims in somewhat whiter Texas and Florida.