Is it just me, or does it seem like every day, some random professional sports team tries to outdo all the other professional teams by coming up with a new way to show just how “racist” they think America is?
Thursday’s “best” effort was that of the Tennessee Titans, who canceled practice and instead held a virtual news conference — to announce to the world that America was “founded on racist ideas.”
Noted historians quarterback Ryan Tannehill and safety Kevin Byard explained the whole thing and what the team hoped to accomplish by simply canceling a practice. You know, by providing a brief history of the “past hundreds of years” of life in America.
Byard kicked things off.
“We feel that with all the recent events that’s happened in our country, not only just this year, not only the past year, but the past hundreds of years, we decided that it’s time to take a stand today.
“We feel that with this moment right here, and today, with my brother Ryan [Tannehill] standing next to me and all my brothers standing behind me, we wanted to show solidarity and be unified, and say that we’re tired.”
Tired of what, exactly, Kevin?
“We’re sick and tired of seeing the things that’s been going on, on social media for the entertainment. Seeing our black brothers and sisters be murdered by police like it’s nothing, it’s time for a change. [..]
“I just had a son, just Sunday. I have a one-year-old daughter, and I have no clue what I’m going to tell them or what kind of world that they’re going to grow up in, in this country.”
I see. In other words, you guys are “tired” of the same narrative we hear every day — completely devoid of evidence, of course — about how racist white cops track down innocent black “brothers and sisters” and murder them in cold blood, right?
Besides, you’re protesting the “past hundreds of years” of Black oppression in America by canceling practice? Dudes, go big or go home. If you’re going to make a statement, make a statement.
Tannehill then weighed in, apparently deciding it would be more effective if a white guy called for an end to the “last hundreds of years” of “systemic oppression” in America.
This country is founded upon racist ideas with slaves being brought here from the day of foundation, and those ideas have persisted throughout the last hundreds of years, and it’s going to take time until we can get those all out.
“But we’re tired of it. We’re tired of dealing with the systematic oppression. We’re tired of dealing with excessive force.
“We’re tired of seeing black men and women die in situations where they should be walking home and spending the night with their families. It’s sickening.”
With all due respect, what’s “sickening” is watching professional athletes — who certainly aren’t the Lone Rangers, of course — trot themselves out, day after day, and blather on about “systemic racism,” “systemic oppression,” “white supremacy,” and every other racially-charged descriptor they’re fed by the liberal media on a daily basis.
That is reality. It cannot be denied any longer.
Oh, I almost forgot. Pro athletes like Byard and Tannehill also listen to other pro athletes — like NBA superstar LeBron James, for example.
Ah, where to begin with LeBron?
Last week, LeBron defended Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, after it was caught banning employees from wearing MAGA gear, while also okaying the display of Black Lives Matter gear.
And as I reported on Tuesday, James ran his mouth about the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, without so much as a shred of evidence to back up the racially-charged narrative he was promoting.
Famed civil rights attorney Leo Terrell — former liberal, now conservative and avid Trump supporter — agreed with my assessment.
Please stay quiet. You have absolutely no facts whatsoever to speak about the shooting. May I suggest you have a conversation with @HerschelWalker and @SenatorTimScott !!!!! @realDonaldTrump @BernardKerik https://t.co/QPX4YTiji7
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) August 25, 2020
Sports journalist Jason Whitlock also ripped James for his divisive commentary, which I covered on Thursday.
I’m black. I’m not scared. I’m not terrified. Neither is LeBron James. He’s lying. He and the political activists controlling him want black people to immerse themselves in fear. Fear is a tool used to control people. https://t.co/mPMWHbeN0y
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) August 25, 2020
In two separate op-eds, Whitlock wrote, in part:
A day after LeBron James declared that black people live in daily fear of police violence and that black men are targeted for death by police, his disciples backed him up en masse.
James is the Al Sharpton of sports, an agent of chaos working closely with politicians who use racial division to rally voter support.
Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and black ministers can no longer deliver black voters to polling booths. The task has now been handed to James, Colin Kaepernick and black athletes.
It’s their job to inflame the emotions of black people and get us to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depended on it.
The politicization of Jacob Blake is a byproduct of political dishonesty. The prevailing sentiment propagandized by BLM that police are intentionally targeting black men is a political ploy.
Jason Whitlock was right. And Jason Whitlock is black, as well.
Thing is, Black Americans are not supposed to tell the truth about what’s really going on in America right now. Blacks are supposed to parrot LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick, and Kevin Byard, among others, about “systemic “oppression” and “White supremacy.”
And when they don’t?
As was the case at this week’s Republican National Convention, when prominent Black Americans like Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), former NFL player Herschel Walker and HUD Secretary Ben Carson championed Donald Trump and the Republican Party?
MSNBC’s Joy Reid “explained” it “best, Thursday night, which I reported earlier today in my piece:
Until — and if — people of all color start listening more to the words of Jason Whitlock, Tim Scott, and Herschel Walker, and less to the words of LeBron James, Kevin Byard, Ryan Tannehill, who first buy, then peddle, the false narrative of “systemic racism” and “White supremacy” in America, this summer of our discontent will continue.
The Left will make sure of it.