by: Bob Parks

Guest Editorial Graphic Schilling Show BlogIn the social media world that infects almost everything else, most in the professional media are hesitant to criticize athlete activists out of fear of being called names like out-of-touch, elitist or racist. Actually, that’s precisely what should be said about pro athletes who are not only handsomely paid to put their skills and bodies on the line, but are role models to young people who want to be just like them.

That’s the problem.

Friday night in Huntsville, Alabama, President Trump veered off from the political into sports and condemned the owners and athletes in the National Football League who either kneel or sit during the pre-game playing of our national anthem.

Depending on the sport, pro athletes make several thousands of dollars just for few hours they’re on the field or court.

The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture.

One would think their minds would be focused on the game to be played and not a “cause”.

Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.
Statement From NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, 9/22/17

No mention from Goodell of the unfortunate lack of respect for the American people, flag, and system that allows athletes to make huge amounts in compensation for playing a game; a system that the law-abiding observe and mostly those who have deadly interactions with police do not.

And let’s not forget the immortal words of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick that got all this started on August 27, 2016….

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

So, for all those players who are NOW saying this was never about disrespecting the flag, yes it was. Read.

But since it’s important, trendy, and can garner thousands of those all-important “likes” on their social media accounts, some athletes have chosen to take the easy way of attaching themselves to an issue instead of taking the risk of publicly challenging the American people by stating the problems and articulating possible solutions.

One reason some can’t state the problem is because they’d have to look into that inconvenient mirror of racial hypocrisy.

While denouncing the president, let’s be honest here: going to the White House for most of these black players only became a big deal when they could be pictured with the half-black president. Protesting such an honor only became taboo because of President Obama’s skin color, and as President Trump is hated by most in the media and police shootings have become such a social justice cause, attention-seekers take any opportunity to address both by screaming “Look at me!”

Warriors Were First to Politicize White House Visit

When it comes to young black men having deadly run-ins with law enforcement, when was the last time you heard either LeBron “King James” or Steph Curry ever tell young people that they have no business out and around after the street lights come on? Has any made more of an emphasis on education during their endorsements? Has not ONE black social justice activist made the correlation between the high police presence in the community and higher rates of criminal activity? Has any asked where are the black fathers to keep their sons out of trouble?

WHY do liberals continue to have such low expectations of black people, thus denying us the basic human dignity of knowing right from wrong?

No, it’s easier to blame it all on racism as many of these players can’t look in the mirror.

The left, especially in the racist entertainment industry, has very low expectations of black people as evidenced by their programming and ad campaigns that mostly portray us as either potential athletes, gangsta’ rappers, or domestic abusers. In sports, black athletes are celebrated with soft, piano-bedded profiles where the mother and/or grandmother is hailed as heroines who succeeded despite the odds.

But only in rare instances, mainly involving interracial marriages, is a father a part of that profile. Sadly, too many black professional athletes have different last names than their mothers and siblings there’s a good chance many don’t even know who their “deadbeat” fathers are, and promiscuity in sports is glamorized.

Women, especially women in the black community are not feral animals in an alley, involuntarily breeding. They too should be responsible with whom they decide to bed but God help the first celeb or athlete that says that in a PSA. Then again, a PSA with black fathers who speak are few and far between as the sanctimonious wouldn’t make us endure a depiction of something they deem unrealistic.

Thanks to a Democrat Party that rewarded the broken black family structure and genocide-level of abortion in one community alone, there are millions of young black boys who’ve been deprived of the structure and leadership a responsible father in the home provides to keep them off the streets and clear of the long arm of the law.

The ONLY reason we’re still having this “discussion” about black people and the police is because of political policies the elected have no reason to undo because it keeps them in power. If a few more black people are killed (see: Chicago on a daily basis), it’s no big deal.

Disrespecting the American flag and national anthem is zero-sum symbolism. Actually having to honestly address the root causes of the ills in the black community is something the self-serving will never address because they just aren’t courageous enough to withstand the blowback from those who refuse to acknowledge that there are root causes at all.

Bob Parks is the founder of Black & Right.

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  1. Bob, this silliness can be summed up in one title: Trump Derangement Syndrome. All these folks–from the self-immolating Democrat leadership down to celebrities–are in conniptions because they thought there was an heiress apparent in the wings. They are beside themselves.

    The liberal culture is largely one of sheep; they eschew free thought (just look at college campuses). So, when Kaepernick started his misplaced hissy-fit in August of 2016, hardly anyone noticed. Fast forward to the hysteria of the election of November (a legal, constitutional election, by the way), and the useful idiots had their day in the sun.

    If people are upset with oppression, they should look no further than policies began in the mid-1960s and continued to this day. They should look no further than local folks like Bellamy whose career goal is to make a living as a race baiter. They should look no further than the systemic cheating that prevented the first Jew who was a serious candidate for president from having a chance at nomination. They should look at the demonization on college campuses of any thought that does not conform to liberal dogma. They should look at the ruse of the educational/business conspiracy to take hard-earned money from folks of all colors and setting them out into a world that offers secure, good paying jobs for a precious few.

    Athletes and celebrities know little of oppression. Most professional athletes were coddled from high school onward; their behavior is often excused, academic demands few. And then we expect them to act any differently in adulthood?

    Just shut up and sing, already.

  2. I agree that liberals ignore root problems in poor black communities that only the people in those communities can fix. I agree that some of the deaths the players are protesting were not the plain and simple racist murders they’re made out to be. But I’m glad the players can think about something more important than who wins a football game. What player has ever said he’s kneeling in protest because he doesn’t respect the American people? That’s something you guys made up. The players aren’t taking the easy way out, they’re acting on what they believe because it’s what they see in the media. Would you show respect to a symbol of a system you believed held your life in little regard? To “disrespect” a symbol you see as falsely advertising an ideal is to honor the ideal itself.

    I have no doubt you care deeply about solving the problems plaguing low-income black communities, but it’s a shame you’re so completely cynical about liberals that you won’t let yourself see they do as well. It’s as if you think conservatives aren’t equally prone to seeing only what they want to see. That’s a delusion exposed every day on the Schilling Show.

  3. Why are you here Ken? Rob is the only outspoken conservative will to take on the plethora of shrill liberals and activists that dominate political conversation in Charlottesville. Since you enlightened enough to call someone cynical about liberals, please explain the “get out Nazi” slurs directed at anyone that dares to buck the liberal lovefest going down from UVA to downtown.
    Liberals deserve cynicism simply because of their method of “helping” low-income blacks which is to throw more free stuff over the fence for them. They profess that education is the answer while pandering and catering to the high crime and other neighborhood issues in the black communities. Even many black churches have resorted to political and social activism rather than concentrating on self responsibility and accountability. Schools are afraid to truly teach proper grammar and pronunciation least they be called racist. There is no excuse for 22 years old blacks with a college degree that speak a combination of English and Ebonics. You have surely noticed how well spoken black citizens from other countries are I’m sure. Blacks in England are English and speak the same as other English. It was almost humorous to hear Dr Wes Bellamy tell a man to “come get your hat and take your compromise wich you”. I don’t blame most blacks for their speech but I have no problem blaming a radical racist troublemaker like Bellamy for anything I can find. This is why conservatives are so cynical of liberals and their pathetic attempts at moral superiority.

  4. Al, I think you’re absolutely correct that progressives (not liberals – a few of us are still alright) need to be stood up to when they attempt to bully and silence their opponents, and brand them all as Nazis and white supremacists. That behavior is childish, ill-mannered, self-righteous and ultimately self-defeating, and when I debate them I tell them so. Believe it or not, a lot of leading liberals agree and are speaking out and trying to restore some sane norms.

    I agree as well that responsibility and accountability are often lacking, whether on Dice Street, Wall Street, or Hollywood and Vine. Many teachers and professors, from what I read, are understandably intimidated because they don’t want to be labeled racist and drummed out of their profession. Grunt work is hard but yields results. Protest and activism are easy but don’t. (That’s a lesson being drawn from the returns last night).

    I’ve told you I don’t like everything the “racist troublemaker” does, but you haven’t answered my question: Do you have no sympathy for young black men who fear the police and are angry that they fear the police? Do you have no sympathy for a man offended by a statue honoring a general who fought to keep the man’s ancestors enslaved, who viewed them as property and returned them to their “owners” when he found them in the North, who had his “own” runaway human beings brutally beaten, and brine poured down their backs? You guys show no understanding of Bellamy. Why should he not be cynical about _you_?


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