I left the below as a comment on this column I read yesterday. I’m relating it here just because it seemed to be a good blog post and in case it disappears from the comment thread over there:
“By the way, here’s another controversy the NFL just created. I’ll bet the NFL never thought of this one. How will black players feel when white fans who are angry, offended and insulted by this racist decision respond to the “Black National Anthem” by KNEELING?”
More likely is that whites will just stay home. I stopped watching the NFL, lets see now…I guess this fall will be the fourth season I’ve missed. To put this in perspective, my wife and I have been huge NFL fans all our lives. Our saying was “we spend 5 months of the year watching football and 7 months of the year waiting for football season to start”. We were fans of different teams and we used to revel in wearing all our opposing regalia on game days, for Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries, things themed in our NFL team logos was the go-to gift experience.
Like I said, I haven’t watched the past three seasons. I don’t even know who most of the players or coaches are any more and don’t care to. My wife actually lasted one more season than I did, she kept watching the first year after I gave it up but after that year, she’d had enough too.
I’m tired of being told I’m a bad person solely because of the color of my skin (we used to have a term for that, but I can’t remember what it is) or being instructed by 20-something-year-old millionaires about how oppressed they are in this country. No worries, I’ve got a LOT better things to spend my time and money on.
And I think there are a goodly number of whites (and even some blacks) with the same attitude, so no, I don’t think you’ll see a lot of whites kneeling for the “black national anthem”, you’ll just (continue to) see a lot of empty seats.
The column’s point was that the NFL is doing nothing more than feeding into the tribalism and disunity being sown by the left. I agree with him…cultural institutions should be doing their best to unite us against the tide, rather than participating into further dividing us. But the management of all the major cultural institutions has been coopted by the left so that’s never going to happen.
Honestly, disassociating ourselves from those cultural institutions isn’t going to help either, it’s just another form of isolating ourselves into cultural tribes…but honestly I don’t think, at this point, it will make any difference either way. The land of the free and home of the brave doesn’t exist any more and probably never will again.
Refusing to support the cultural institutions that are working so hard to undermine our unity may not stop the decline, but at least I’m not spending my money in support of it. I guess that’s about the best I can hope for.