When the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs locked arms in a display of unity prior to Thursday nights season-opening game, fans began to boo. And within seconds, the group thinking parrots in mainstream media began to exclaim their disgust towards the paying fans in attendance. They were booing racial unity. They were racists showing their desire for white supremacy. At least that’s what professional race-baiters Shannon Sharpe, Ryan Clark, and just about every other unauthentic pundit in sports media would have you believe.
There are multiple reasons why fans could have booed Thursday night. But, of course, racism is the default go-to explanation by the broken sports media. Fans, unlike the players, do not get the benefit of the doubt, which is rich considering that athletes and sports media members would have not a job in their current profession if it weren’t for the fans.
You know how when fans complain about when athletes kneel for the national anthem, and how they feel it’s disrespectful? And then the athletes and the butt-kissing mainstream sports media scream back ‘It’s not about the anthem or flag, never has been’? Yet that’s when and how they decide to protest. Okay, so what if the fans booing was their form of protest, and they did it while the players were expressing unity, but the boos weren’t about the expression of unity? Does the logic of protesting during a solemn moment for something unrelated to the solemn moment only work for the athletes?
Fans were booing because they’re not interested in the political statements that have dominated sports in 2020, especially the NBA. It’s that simple. They’re fed up with being lectured by supposed moral superior idiots like Pete Carroll and Steve Kerr. Believe it or not, most fans are all for social justice and against any form of racism, but locking your arms in unity, or kneeling is not proactive when it comes to fixing such grievances. Yes, it does raise awareness of the social injustices, but trust me, almost everyone in the country is aware that there is racial injustice that must be fixed.
Some athletes like Dak Prescott have taken action. Prescott donated $1 million to improve police training. A few others have made positive contributions as well, but it appears that many of these players are protesting with little interest in being proactive in the communities most affected. If they were proactive, they would likely see some sort of progress, which means there would be no reason to protest because they were a part of the positive changes taking place. It’s not all on the athletes, I get it, but they claim to have a platform, but can this platform extend beyond protesting?
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This is what fans are seeing. This is why TV ratings are plummeting. The Thursday night season opener was down double-digits from a year ago. If you want to change, do something about it other then kneeling, locking your arms, and wearing social justice messages on your attire. These players are all over social media complaining about the current unrest, but I don’t see any of them with their phone posting any attempts to speak to local officials and law enforcement in the communities affected most by police brutality and systemic racism. They say #VOTE, but they don’t really understand either side of the political aisle. They just want you to vote the way they’ve been told to vote.
And then the fans wake up the next day to see that they are the problem. They are the intolerant racists, even though there’s no evidence it was only white people booing. How do you expect them not to be frustrated? Why is it not okay for them to use their voice?
Perhaps they were booing because the only lives that seem to be of focus are ones affected by cops or white people. How about the ones killed in the inner-city gang violence in cities such as Chicago? Kids are dying, and not one of these athletes seem to give a damn. Don’t believe me, google Dajore Wilson, Ibrie Combs, and Rory Norman. These lives matter too. David Dorn was a retired police captain who was shot by a ‘peaceful protester’ at a pawn shop in St. Louis in June during these useless riots. Dorn was Black, and not one athlete bothers to mention him.
Oh, there’s more. I can go on. Fans see the selectiveness when it comes to whose lives really matter. It’s built around a narrative that Shannon Sharpe and others constantly promote on social media.
The booing doesn’t have a damn thing to do with the supposed act of unity. Maybe if the mainstream sports media can pull their heads out of you know where they may be able to relate to the fans as much as they learn to relate to the athletes.
Source: Sports Renegade