The real pandemic destroying America isn’t COVID-19.
It’s a lack of principle-based, unselfish, masculine leadership. It’s a failure of men, an en-masse surrender to a secular culture that pursues status, wealth and power by any means necessary.
We’re eight days from the start of professional football, and it’s clear my beloved National Football League will follow the NBA’s path of turning its games into shrines for Black Lives Matter.
The names George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Jacob Blake, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other alleged victims of police brutality will appear on the back of NFL helmets. The league will paint social justice slogans in end zones and play the black national anthem (“Lift Every Voice and Sing”) before games.
Tuesday, in a joint news conference, commissioner Roger Goodell and his top black assistant, Troy Vincent, publicly announced their capitulation to BLM, aka, Bigots Love Marxism.
“The NFL stands with the black community, the players, clubs and fans,” Goodell said. “Confronting recent systemic racism with tangible and productive steps is absolutely essential. We will not relent in our work. We will redouble our efforts to be catalysts for the urgent and sustainable change that our society and communities so desperately need. I’m so proud of everyone across our league and others who have taken a stand using their voices and platforms to continue to shine the spotlight on things that must change. By listening and working and understanding our players, we built the foundation for tangible change through our Inspire Change initiative.”
There’s so much wrong with Goodell’s statement that I hardly know where to begin.
He stands with the black community? The white kids burning down Portland and Seattle under the pretense of black lives mattering represent the black community?
Confronting recent systemic racism? There’s no proof George Floyd’s death had anything to do with his race. None. Same goes for Jacob Blake. Breonna Taylor? According to an excellent longform story in the New York Times, on the night of Taylor’s death Louisville police executed four separate raids related to the drug case involving Taylor and her ex-boyfriend. There was gunfire at just one of the raids, and that was sparked by Taylor’s new boyfriend firing at and hitting a police officer first.
You could argue there’s systemic overreaction to criminal resistance by law enforcement, but it’s nearly impossible to trace the overreaction to race. This week Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a black man, Dijon Kizzee. He is the seventh man LA sheriff’s deputies have killed since George Floyd’s death. The reason you don’t know this is because the victims have been black, white and Hispanic.
I digress. Let’s return to Goodell and Vincent, the NFL’s Starsky and Hutch of police investigations. Vincent, the league’s vice president of football operations, said NFL players have the right to sit out games to protest social injustice.
“They all have a choice, an individual choice and right to either sit out or protest, however one would characterize it,” Vincent said, according to the Washington Post.
Disagreement with how police respond to high-stress situations is the new sick day. Do all workers have this right or is this solely reserved for NFL and NBA players building social media brands?
I’ve yet to mention Vincent’s most infuriating comment. He defended his push to get NFL owners to embrace BLM by referencing his Christian faith.
“I ask my Lord and savior Jesus Christ to allow me to be a bridge builder,” Vincent said. “And I try to stay on the premise of educating, whether that’s a player or a club owner. I just speak to humanity.”
Black Lives Matter is founded in Marxism. It’s founders have publicly acknowledged they’re trained in Marxist political theory. Karl Marx was an atheist who preached religion is the opiate of the oppressed. Marxism, communism and socialism all are hostile toward religion.
Vincent is building a bridge to satan.
We all are. I don’t want to single out Vincent. All of us, men and women, have been swallowing a mainstreaming of immorality for decades.
Hollywood popular culture, which is controlled by white liberals, has been defining black culture as degenerate, criminal, materialistic and sexually hedonistic for at least six decades. For the last 30 years, commercial hip hop music is their main injection needle to impose this morally-bankrupt culture.
It’s worked. Black Americans went from being defined by black religious leaders to black drug dealers-turned-rappers, from MLK to Tupac.
Thanks to strategic marketing, Tupac went from sexual-assault prisoner to cult hero virtually overnight. It’s similar to the path Kenosha’s Jacob Blake traveled. George Floyd experienced a similar instantaneous transformation after putting a gun to the belly of a pregnant black woman and suffocating at the knee of a Minneapolis cop.
No one thinks this is weird? Crazy? Dangerous?
Or is this just good-old-fashioned Christian bridge building?
I believe in the concept of religious redemption. But this isn’t a game of Monopoly where you land on the police-brutality square and get a free trip to hero worship. The content of his character, wisdom and work transformed street criminal Malcolm Little into revered leader Malcolm X, not a police bullet.
There’s no baptism by gunfire.
Blake, Floyd and Taylor are victims of their own bad decision-making coupled with the flawed decision-making of police. In a righteous society, bad decisions do not create heroes. They spawn victims and losers. The New York Times story referenced earlier in this piece spells out how Taylor couldn’t escape her awful decision to date and assist a career drug dealer. His problems became her problems.
But white-liberal-controled black culture celebrates black drug dealers and black criminality. We all loved Avon Barksdale, Stringer Bell, Marlo Stanfield and Bodie Broadus in my favorite show The Wire, a journalistic look at America’s drug war. The Wire was the gateway drug for Power, a show that treats its drug kingpin, “Ghost,” like a superhero character.
It’s where we are in modern society. The bad guys are really the good guys.
Barack Obama cozied up to Jay Z the same way Joe Biden snuggled with Cardi B. Now the NFL is in bed with Black Lives Matter and plans to honor Jacob Blake more enthusiastically than black men and women who spent their lives achieving greatness.
It’s all a failure of leadership. Roger Goodell and Troy Vincent want to save their jobs, huge salaries and protect their safety more than they want to do what’s right for the NFL and our country.
They don’t want the violent BLM and Antifa protesters outside their homes, offices and stadiums. They fear the possibility of the social media mob calling for their removal because they know their corporate allies in the media and business sector won’t stand on principle either.
Cowardice-2020 is the real pandemic.
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