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The NFL has joined the rest of corporate America in siding with the Marxist left. The NFL is choosing to make heroes out of villains, while making heroes into villains. You can see it by what is and is not written on their helmets. Consider 2016 in Dallas and 2020 in New Orleans.
In 2016, Barack Obama’s poisoning of Americans against each other culminated in the murder of five Dallas police officers and the wounding of nine other police officers by a hate-fueled man who wanted to kill white people, especially police, during a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas. President Obama knew he had to do damage control before the election, so he showed up for a memorial service. Yet, he just could not help himself, blaming the police and America and defending Black Lives Matter and the whole systemic racism narrative.
President Obama’s Dallas remarks were reprinted in full by the New York Daily News. Read the whole thing, if you can stomach it. Mark Davis, a Salem Radio host in the Dallas Fort Worth market, had this to say in the Dallas Morning News about Obama’s Dallas speech:
President Obama, for his part, beautifully praised our fallen heroes and struck inspiring themes of appreciation for police that were precisely what was needed at the event. But then he just could not restrain himself….
I wondered how long it would take for him to defend the Black Lives Matter corner of his core constituency that has come under proper fire for its viciously broad slander of police culture. Elapsed time was about fifteen minutes from praise for our fallen officers to a further coddling of those who took to our streets to malign their brothers and sisters in uniform. Aiming straight at those of us who have suggested a civil perusal of racial disparity is actually harmed by BLM’s excesses, his scolding was firm: “We cannot simply turn away and dismiss those in peaceful protest as troublemakers or paranoid,” he instructed.
In this context, Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, wanted to honor the city’s fallen heroes, placing a decal on the team’s helmets for the season. They wore the “Arm in Arm” sticker through the summer training camp. The NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, denied Dallas this expression of support for law enforcement under NFL uniform rules.
What a difference four years make. Now the New Orleans Saints have all appeared in practice with the name of Jacob Blake, an accused rapist, a serial abuser of a woman, taped across the front of their helmets, above their faces. You will be excused if this is especially confusing. After all, you have surely seen the NFL repeatedly stepping into and then struggling out of problems with players who used women for punching bags.
Yet, Drew “I honor my ancestors by standing for the flag, oops, I was oh so terribly insensitive and ignorant” Brees is right there in the photographs with the name of a serial abuser of a black woman printed across his helmet. NOLA.com, the Times-Picayune, has the story with multiple photographs of New Orleans Saints with “Jacob Blake” printed across a large piece of tape on their helmets.
Ah, but this is just practice, like 2016 Dallas. Nope. Sorry. Roger Goodell has gone full critical race theory woke. He has fully endorsed the lie of systemic racism directed by police against black men. His teams’ uniforms will be festooned and the end zones will have woke slogans painted into the turf. The NFL announcement of “social justice” messaging specifically cites to the police shooting of the felon abuser of a black woman.
Citing a police officer shooting Jacob Blake in the back on Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Goodell said the incident has “brought forth more feelings of anger, frustration, anguish, fear for many of us in the NFL family.”
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“The NFL stands with the Black community, the players, clubs and fans,” Goodell said Tuesday. “Confronting recent systemic racism with tangible and productive steps is absolutely essential. We will not relent in our work. We will redouble our efforts to be catalysts for the urgent and sustainable change that our society and communities so desperately need. I’m so proud of everyone across our league and others who have taken a stand using their voices and platforms to continue to shine the spotlight on things that must change. By listening and working and understanding with our players, we built the foundation for tangible change through our Inspire Change initiative.”
NFL end zones will be inscribed this season with two slogans: “It Takes All Of Us” on one end line, “End Racism” on the other. As part of its social justice awareness initiatives, the NFL also will allow similar visuals on helmets and caps.
So, expect to see Jacob Blake’s name on uniforms and to hear him invoked by players as an icon. It is guaranteed, already in writing, that the radical left’s propaganda will be on fields and uniforms, in stark contrast to 2016, when the same governing body leaned on a uniform rule to stop even one team honoring our fallen police heroes.
There will not be a single acknowledgment, on a single uniform or field, of officers murdered by this hateful racial propaganda. There will not be a single murdered black child’s name on the lips or helmet of any player. No network commentator will run a montage of slain innocents from our inner cities. They have more important political work to do, desperately trying to win this year’s election for their leftist comrades.
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