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Fri May 25, 2018, 12:38 PM

The Unbearable Whiteness of NFL Ownership

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/25/nfl-owners-white-kaepernick-protest-rule/

At least 70 percent of NFL players are black, according to the latest information available from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, or TIDES, at University of Central Florida. Yet ownership of the league is much less diverse, according to TIDES: Only two teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills, have people of color in majority ownership — a Pakistani-born American and an Asian-American, respectively. What’s more, the entire league doesn’t have a single African-American team owner — not one. And it is the team owners who are making the executive decisions in this case. The NFL players union announced that they weren’t even consulted before the team owners voted and made their announcement about the ban of any on-field demonstrations during the national anthem.

Trump railed against NFL players who demonstrated during the national anthem and ultimately found team owners that were sympathetic to his demands.
Race — and the corresponding life experiences, cultural understanding, and perspective that comes with it — might inform American politics now more than it ever has. No demographic was more likely to vote for Trump than white men. In an anonymous straw poll of NFL players undertaken by Bleacher Report, 21 out of 21 white players professed their support for Trump, while 20 out of 22 black players supported Hillary Clinton. Many of the team owners are huge Trump donors and supporters. Trump appointed Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, to be the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom.

So while Trump railed against NFL players who demonstrated during the national anthem, using the ugly phrase “son of a bitch,” and said Wednesday they should consider leaving the country, he ultimately found team owners that were sympathetic to his demands. Again, whiteness is at the root here. Mike Freeman, of Bleacher Report, found intense hatred of Kaepernick among team executives. One executive literally called Kaepernick a “traitor,” and another said he was the most hated player in the league since Rae Carruth — a convicted murderer.

In black communities across this country, though, Kaepernick is a cult hero. Murals are painted of him. His afro will be ubiquitous in black art, on T-shirts and posters at every black festival across the country this summer.

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Response to gollygee (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 05:03 PM

1. not surprising that NFL owners act like plantation owners

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Fri May 25, 2018, 06:36 PM

2. I don't suppose we could find a better commentary

from someone other than the goddamned Intercept?

And yes, I'm still bitter over how much water they carried for Trump in 2016 and continue to shield him now...

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Response to gollygee (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 06:38 PM

3. As someone mentioned on Twitter, I am interested to know

if Tebow ever came back (or any really devout christian in the NFL) and wanted to "Take a knee for Jesus" during the anthem, how would white Americans react?

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Response to gollygee (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 06:40 PM

4. Most NFL owners are egomaniacal billionaire businessmen.

Old, white, rich, and very Republican. And entitled.

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