How Kneeling for the National Anthem may have irreversible financial consequences
Kneeling for the National Anthem, how did we get here? Is it more evidence of the decay of morality? Is it a subtle reminder of how morality, as we know it, has got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel?
Imagine if you will; this comparison: The roaring 50’s, with proud patriots welcoming our valiant troops back from the theaters of World War II, American Flags waving from every front porch, and a booming economy with off-the-chart birthrates displaying the outright confidence Americans had in their future. Juxtapose 2017, and it’s hard to put into words the effect 60 years has had on the United States of America. Division, not unity is standard operating procedure, and Faith, in general, has never been lower. ‘Patriotism’ seems like a word being purposefully ushered out of the English language by the media and some in Washington. The contrast between these two era’s is like Fire and Ice. However, these era’s weren’t without their similarities, in fact, some of the racial challenges seen today were reminiscent of those in the 1950’s. In the 1950’s The Civil Rights movement was gaining traction with more and more folks standing up for inequality and injustice. In 1955, the Civil Rights Movement went viral, when Rosa Parks who was small in stature, but colossal in passion and resolve, refused to give up her bus seat to a white man. Her arrest led to boycotts of the city’s bus system, which at the time was a very popular mode of transportation. But, her unwavering resolve led to the bus company’s decision to end their discrimination of African Americans.
Will we have a Rosa Parks moment in the NFL in 2017? The jury is still out. We may not, but if so, this time would be different; you see, the personalities involved in this movement are all well known, and unlike Rosa Parks, they all have their own platforms with thousands of ardent followers. You would think today, as opposed to 1955, it would be easy to find people to join your cause. And it is, however, having unbridled access to people who support your cause, also means having the same unbridled access to people who loathe your cause.
In today’s protests against racial injustice, through the medium of kneeling for the National Anthem, the 3rd party involved; the NFL, rather than the Montgomery Alabama Bus company is a group of 32 individual owners with 32 different political persuasions and located in 32 starkly different markets. That said, they do have one common goal… To make money… and lots of it! These protests seem to be getting in the way of this common goal, and there doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Attendance at games is down, TV ratings are down, jersey sales down, all of which is digging into the pockets of the marvelous 32. These owners may be realizing their greatest fear, which is, becoming irrelevant in the eyes of the very people who line their coffers.
So, what say the Mugwumps:
First of all.. The Mugwumps would have thought it useless to be using the skin of a pig for an oblonged shaped ball, especially to be used in a silly game where grown men smash into each other at breakneck speeds. Mugwumps were frugal, they were savers who wouldn’t have wasted any animal part they believed could have sustained them through a long cold winter. Wasting a perfectly good pig skin for the sake of a ball wouldn’t have been tolerated by anyone on either side of the aisle back in the 1880’s, that they would have agreed on! So, no, the Mugwumps wouldn’t approve of careless millionaires protesting racial injustice at a football game! Had they been interested in the protesting our National Anthem, they would have chosen to get their message out in a more dignified manner, such as homing pigeon or pony express. Protest like a Mugwump!