The hypocrisy of NFL player protestors and racism among professional athletes. This and other quick takes as we review last week and the weekend…
Hypocrisy Among NFL Player ‘Protesters’
Vice President Mike Pence was at the Colts game today in his home state of Indiana. When a number of players protested the national anthem, the Vice President left the game.
San Francisco player and safety Eric Reid called the Vice President’s departure part of ‘systematic oppression’.
And apparently, he can’t see the blatant hypocrisy of his arguing “I have a right to voice my opinion” and then saying someone expressing their opinion is oppressive….why? Because it disag…rees with his, or course.
How typical in many ways: more hypocrisy from the intolerant crowd who say what they are advocating for is more tolerance.
Racism Among Athletes
As black athletes in the NFL say they are protesting oppression, former black NBA player Kenyon Martin decided to make a few racist remarks of his own.
Jeremy Lin, a current NBA player of Asian descent, is wearing his hair in dreadlocks these days. Martin, who co-authors a sports blog, posted on his social media account about Lin’s ‘cultural appropriation’ of black culture. He then said “Do I need to remind this damn boy his last name is Lin?….alright bro, we get it. You wanna be black.”
So do you think Colin Kaepernick of anyone will speak out against Martin? Of course, that’s a rhetorical question.
Ginsberg Goes Over the Line
Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg commented last week on the last Presidential election, saying that in her view that ‘no doubt’ it was sexism that kept Hillary Clinton from being elected President.
First, Madame Justice, it’s very inappropriate for members of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to be overtly political. SCOTUS members should rule on the law, and should stay out of politics so as to not be seen as political, but as judicial in their application of the cases before them.
Secondly, Madame Justice, it could just as easily be that Hillary Clinton’s numerous ethical lapses from the very beginning of her time in government jobs in the 1970’s, her circumventing legal ramifications of her actions that would have thrown others in jail, her total lack of any significant achievement at all while Secretary of State and her mishandling of classified material and her repeated lies about doing so which resulted in at least one death of a US intelligence asset….that maybe THOSE things are why she lost the election. Maybe, just maybe THOSE are the reasons that she lost and that the American electorate preferred even the most unpopular candidate in US Presidential polling history to her.