There have been other causes for protest than the weak one the NFL players are killing their league for, you know.
Before we get to the meat of this column, which I’ll admit I’m just stealing from an unknown source who posted it on social media earlier this week, a few quick points.
First, by now the NFL’s #TakeAKnee controversy is probably already growing long in the tooth and so I apologize if I’m belaboring it. What is below is fairly important, though, as it’s a hell of a good response to the Michael Bennetts, Kenny Vaccaros and Marshawn Lynches of the world.
And second, another hell of a good response was given by Heather Mac Donald at City Journal on Monday. Mac Donald looked through the FBI’s recently-released crime statistics and found scant evidence to support the underlying cause for #TakeAKnee. As in…
Contrary to the Black Lives Matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer. Black males have made up 42 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population. That 18.5 ratio undoubtedly worsened in 2016, in light of the 53 percent increase in gun murders of officers — committed vastly and disproportionately by black males. Among all homicide suspects whose race was known, white killers of blacks numbered only 243.
So you have a protest based more or less on a myth, and the protest itself is obnoxious, stupid, and completely counterproductive. A Remington Research survey done Monday showed that 64 percent of a sample representative of a midterm electorate disapproved of the kneeling, 80 percent objected to the insertion of politics into the NFL, and 51 percent said they were watching the league less than before — and 69 percent of those people pegged the protests as the reason why. This out of a group of respondents 70 percent of whom called themselves NFL fans.
The disaster this has been for the NFL is hard to fully quantify.
One reason why is that half the country agrees with most, if not all, of what our mystery source posted and the internet is busy making famous. To wit…
“When my president lied to me and claimed four of my comrades were murdered because of a video insulting Muslims… I didn’t take a knee.
“When my president shipped pallets of cash to my sworn enemy… I didn’t take a knee.
“When my president failed to identify Muslims as terrorists and Islam as an enemy of the state… I didn’t take a knee.
“When my president claimed that a man who tried to kill another man who lawfully defended himself could be his son… I didn’t take a knee.
“When my president defended a thug who bum-rushed law enforcement… I didn’t take a knee.
“When my president ordered businesses to spend unnecessary funds to appease a minority of people who need mental intervention far more than they need their own toilet… I didn’t take a knee.
“When my president ordered that words ‘one nation under God’ be removed from the pledge of allegiance… I didn’t take a knee.
“When my president lied to me and said I could keep my doctors and my premiums would go down… I didn’t take a knee.
“When my president spent my tax dollars in foreign lands to interfere in their elections… I didn’t take a knee.
“While my president sat by passively and enabled ISIS to emerge as a stronger force dedicated to spreading Islamic ideals by committing murder, rape and torture… I didn’t take a knee.
“When my president allowed dictators and murderers to violate his red lines and continue to murder women and children with chemical gas… I didn’t take a knee.
“When my president chastised law enforcement for their actions but ignored the violence in our streets… I didn’t take a knee.
“When my president identified the weather as the greatest threat to America’s safety while Muslims worldwide are murdering innocent people… I didn’t take a knee.
“While my president’s insistence that pacifism and reform in numerous areas of the globe would bring peace but instead led to the strengthening of those that seek to destroy us… I didn’t take a knee.
“When the election of my president broke barriers never thought possible in America but ended up being the high point of his eight years in office… I didn’t take a knee.
“In all that time I never disrespected our Country, our Armed Forces and Veterans, or our Nation.
“I remained vigilant.
“And I got a new president.”
I would only add to this none of us took a knee when the president deployed the combined power of the intelligence community to spy on an opposition party’s candidate and, finding no incriminating opposition research therefrom, wove together a few disparate strands of data, many of them false, into a narrative of foreign influence “hacking” an election to discredit the candidate.
In retrospect, maybe we should have taken that knee. Isn’t it what all the cool kids do?