[Ed. – ‘Enslaves,’ mind you. Hyperbole much?]
“This is America.”
That phrase, said in the same tone and tenor as Childish Gambino on his latest, polarizing hit single, is the first thing that popped in my head when I heard that NFL players would be forced to stand if on the field during the National Anthem — or face penalty.
And not just stand. “Stand and show respect.”
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The only thing missing from that directive is the word “boy” at the end.
I should be surprised, but sadly, I’m not.
A black man took a stand against police brutality by kneeling, and the response isn’t the league owners gathering to use their endless power and influence in this country to actually address the issues he was trying to raise awareness for.
Instead, it’s them gathering and unanimously stripping away a player’s ability to do something like that ever again. It also lets black players and fans know actually where they stand.
Speak when spoken to. Work hard and entertain us. You’ll be paid well, but don’t you dare cross us or you’ll be out of a job.