Friday Open Thread | The NFL Doesn’t Learn

You will NOT be policing Black bodies.

You will NOT be taking away the First Amendment rights of these American Citizens.

Here is the bullshyt policy that the NFL has come up with:

Here is the NFL’s new national anthem policy: pic.twitter.com/ybjKoO6E3s

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 23, 2018

Here is the Player’s Union Response:

A good response:

.@MichelleDBeadle reacts to the NFL’s discussion on possibly including a 15-yard penalty for kneeling during the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/XfKnxEKTFd

— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) May 23, 2018

This is about trying to control Black men’s bodies and minds.

That they don’t have the right to their own opinions, and to express them freely.

Them taking the knee had nothing to do with insulting the military or the flag. It had to do with this:

If the NFL thing was about the flag & anthem, you’d be outraged when Trump doesn’t hold a hand over his heart & botches the words. If it was about troops, you’d be as pissed about Niger as about Benghazi. It’s not principle. It’s about control of brown bodies. Stop the bullshit.

— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) May 23, 2018

Here is what eagles RT Lane Johnson texted me about the leagues new anthem policy “Ultimately it is taking the players voice away…I think there will be some backlash from their decision.”

— Derrick Gunn (@RealDGunnNBCS) May 23, 2018

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— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) May 23, 2018

‘This could be bad:’ City of Milwaukee officials fear releasing footage showing #NBA rookie being brutally tased by cops. https://t.co/RA9zisDKdx pic.twitter.com/843Hwl0kTb

— Blavity (@Blavity) May 23, 2018

Yes….this is going to be bad.

And, why they kneel.