Why I’m Done with the NFL
With football season starting again, I felt the need to write this post. This whole thing with the NFL has gotten way overblown and I get it. I get that African Americans still feel oppressed. However, I don’t see kneeling for the American flag as the way to fix this. The American Flag is a symbol of freedom. Many soldiers fought to make this so. Many soldiers didn’t come home to their families to provide the freedoms that we enjoy today. But that is not the point of this post. The point of this post is how the NFL handled this situation with players kneeling for the flag.
Granted, I understand that it is our freedoms that give them the right to protest in this way. However, it is also this country that gave these players who blatantly disregard our flag the opportunity to earn millions every year because of the skills they posses. Yes, I said skills they posses. If they weren’t good at what they do, they wouldn’t have this opportunity to earn millions. It is because they are here, in this country, that they are able to use these skills and make money from it. How is that being oppressed?
If one looks up the definition of oppression in the dictionary, you would find this definition:
Definition of oppression
- the continuing oppression of the … underclasses
- —H. A. Daniels
- unfair taxes and other oppressions
- an oppression of spirits
The first 2 definitions apply to this situation. First: unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power. If you ask me, there has been no unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power over these men playing in the NFL. If they are making millions of dollars every year, they are not being oppressed.
Now, don’t start yelling at me just yet about the oppression that is going on. I have to say first off, that I don’t think it’s as bad as most seem to think it is. African Americans are getting jobs every day, they are making a living just like everyone else. And yes, I probably don’t see as much of it as some do either. I am a white female living in rural America, so yes, I probably don’t see much of what happens around the country. I do see, however, the African American citizens in my community are trusted members of this community. They are liked and they are called on for their skills.
But more to the point of this post… I don’t agree with how the NFL is handling this protest of the American flag. I don’t agree with these players who think it is ok to disrespect the country that has given them this incredible opportunity to earn millions. If they want to protest oppression, they should do it on their time. During the off season, I did not hear ANYTHING about any one of these men protesting oppression. So apparently, the only time they think they can make a difference is on the playing field. I don’t agree with this.
If these men want to make a difference, they should be doing things outside of the football field to make their voice heard. They should be working with young African Americans to help them get an education, or build skills that will help them to make a living. They should be working with their senators or congress people to try to make a difference. They should NOT be kneeling on the football field during the National Anthem. They should NOT be disrespecting the many men and women who have fought to give them every opportunity in life. I do not agree with how the NFL has handled this and therefore, no matter how much I love to watch football every year, I will not be watching this year. I will not be purchasing anything NFL related. I cannot stand behind the NFL on this decision.
Have a great day!