Go to NFLshop.com -- the online store for the
It's only $78.99 and commemorates
But there's something every culture warrior in the
Kneepads aren't included.
So if you wish to kneel, say, like some real NFL player during the national anthem on
But then, aren't we all with this one?
The argument over kneeling during the anthem at NFL games has jumped to the
Police are prohibited from engaging in political activity in uniform. But the mayor declined to engage about the cops on their knees.
"They were somewhat betwixt, between two different aspirations," Emanuel told reporters.
Betwixt? I've never heard a
Remember that conservatives didn't push this NFL protest drama. The left pushed it for years.
Later came another try, this with point man and mediocre quarterback
What did the political left want? It wanted a revolt of the gladiators on national television. And it got what it wanted.
Fans became angry, and many began turning off the game because of the protests, and ratings dropped.
And then the other day, President
It caught fire. And here we are.
So if you stand for the anthem now, you may be accused of racism, or being indifferent to police brutality. And if you kneel, then others will say that you're disrespecting the anthem and the flag.
Some creative minds have explained that we truly display our patriotism by kneeling during the anthem.
I respectfully beg to differ. Kneeling is about public defiance and disrespect. And I don't think it's right.
I'm not a veteran, but I am an American, the son of immigrants, and I desperately wanted to become American as a boy.
I played American sports. And I learned to stand straight, hand over heart, facing the flag, when the national anthem is played.
It doesn't hurt. Really, it doesn't.
Are there other appropriate ways for NFL players to protest police brutality beside kneeling during the anthem at games? Because virtue-signaling is just a little too easy.
I've just come up with two: Players could take pregame buses to police districts, including those districts where record numbers of black kids are shot down night after night in the street gang wars.
And there, with photographers ready, the players could kneel. I don't think any big-city Democratic mayor would stop them.
Or players might use their NFL clout to actually sit down with cops --
After Trump issued his challenge, some of the billionaire owners stood with their players on the sidelines, linking arms in solidarity. One was
"I'm not a crusader, but this was a
As much as the left would like for us to believe it, America isn't the Jim Crow South of the 1950s and '60s. Are there problems? Yes. Does racism still exist? Yes. But even as our gladiators are on their knees, fists raised, like the great African-American Olympic sprinters of my childhood, a time of burning cities and riots and rage, can we please acknowledge something?
This isn't the '60s. Fires aren't burning down whole neighborhoods in
So are we a perfect country? No. But lest we forget, we are a great one. And all too often, we're encouraged to forget.