The booing you heard at Arrowhead Stadium Thursday night isn’t hard to understand.
Black Lives Matter is toxic and divisive.
Some of the 17,000 Kansas City Chiefs fans allowed to attend the NFL’s season-opening Texans-Chiefs clash booed during the pregame moment of unity because the “moment” was umbrellaed by the Black Lives Matter slogan scrolled across the jumbotrons.
Mystery solved. Chiefs fans aren’t stupid. They’re informed, passionate and fearless. They love Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. But they love their country more than the foolish players who have swallowed Black Lives Matter’s ideology, propaganda and vision for America.
Social media and the athletes addicted to Twitter and Instagram define BLM as a long-overdue fight for racial equality. Many Americans see BLM for exactly what it is — a clever disguise for Marxists and anarchists who seek to destroy American freedoms — and those citizens are growing more comfortable expressing their disdain for the BLM movement.
The booing you heard rejected BLM, not unity. The booing you heard rejected the rioting, looting, violence and in-your-face harassment associated with the BLM movement.
Oh, that’s right. BLM protests have been “mostly peaceful.” Studies have shown that 93 percent of BLM protests have been peaceful. You know what? Most of the time in the 1950s and 1960s segregationists did not respond with loosed water hoses, batons and dogs at civil rights protests.
Bull Connor, the racists Commissioner of Public Safety for the city of Birmingham in the 1960s, was “mostly peaceful.” Members of the Ku Klux Klan didn’t lynch, beat and harass the overwhelming majority of black men and women they encountered. The KKK was “mostly peaceful.” Studies revealed 95 percent of Klan rallies are peaceful.
You follow my sarcastic point? We’ve seen enough violence, looting and abuse at BLM protests to conclude Black Lives Matter isn’t peaceful or unifying.
It’s not difficult to understand why the so-called “moment of unity” triggered Chiefs fans. Unifying under the BLM umbrella is the equivalent of unifying at a Klan rally. No dice. No way. There are far better umbrellas.
We can start with sports. Sports, football in particular, have been a moment of American unity for nearly a hundred years. Jesse Owens sparked a moment at the 1936 Berlin Olympics when he slayed Hitler’s Aryan superiority myth. Joe Louis ignited a moment when he knocked out German heavyweight Max Schmeling. Jackie Robinson birthed an entire movement when he integrated Major League Baseball.
With their performance and excellence, Jesse, Joe and Jackie harnessed the power of sports to promote unity and equality. Jim Brown, Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe stood on the shoulders of Jesse, Joe and Jackie and carried sports’ unification power to the next level.
Sports don’t need Black Lives Matter to promote unity or equality. Football sure as hell doesn’t. Football players and football fans have been putting their differences aside and coming together to cheer, jeer and support Walter Payton, Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Lawrence Taylor, Peyton Manning and Deion Sanders for decades. America’s pastime embraced and celebrated a workforce that’s 70 percent black a long time ago.
BLM wishes it could match the NFL’s ability to unify and bolster equality.
BLM is toxic, divisive and highly political. BLM undermines unity.
The social justice warriors in the media chasing the right side of history need to redirect and chase the right side of truth. Quit lying to yourself and quit lying to athletes. The American public has deduced the lie.
BLM inspires racism, ideological polarization and hostility toward Christian values and American patriotism.
I’m more concerned about the people inside Arrowhead Stadium who didn’t boo. They’re the people afraid to tell athletes you can’t end racism with racism.
Hell, the athletes are smarter than the pandering media members feigning outrage. The Chiefs and the Texans downplayed the booing. The Texans stayed in their locker room during the playing of two separate national anthems. The Miami Dolphins released a video explaining they’re tired of the gestures and slogans and that they’re going to skip participating in Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing and the Star-Spangled Banner.
“This attempt to unify only creates more divide,” the Dolphins said in a video that included head coach Brian Flores. “So we’ll skip this song and dance, and as a team we’ll stay inside. We need changed hearts, not just a response to pressure. Enough, no more fluff and empty gestures.”
Boom. The players are waking up. I was extremely proud of the Chiefs players for standing during the national anthem. The kneeling is divisive and pointless. You can’t troll your way to unity.
The NFL’s opening night was a surprising success. Race-baiters in the media want you to think a few boo-birds ruined everything and overshadowed a solid night of football.
No, sir. Last night was a ray of hope for those of us who truly seek unity. Athletes and fans are taking different routes to reach the same conclusion.
Black Lives Matter is toxic and divisive. Football isn’t.
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