Published September 24, 2017
WASHINGTON – All weekend long, stories have been swirliing about President Trump’s call down Alabama to call on NFL owners to “fire or suspend” football players who take a knee during the national anthem. The 28 NFL teams across America acted in solidarity on Sunday to rebuke Trump.
Even the team that American Indians across Indian Country consider the most racist NFL team, the Washington NFL team because of its usage of the racist “R-word,” issued the following statement after observing the National Anthem prior to tonight’s game against the Oakland Raiders:
“Football has always served as the great unifier, bringing people together to celebrate the values of courage, commitment and achievement. We are proud of the players, coaches and fans of the Washington Redskins for all that they have done to improve the lives of others in neighborhoods all across our region.
“We are also grateful for the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our armed forces that have provided us the freedom to play football. In that great tradition, the Washington Redsk*ns will work to address divisions and bring unity, civility and respect to our greater community.”
Well, that may be a great gesture to African Americans, the statement is hypocritical given its relentless posture to retain its racist name.
Some political pundits see Trump’s call to fire or suspend NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem as more fodder for his racist followers or a mere diversion from the investigation in his and his presidential campaign in dealing with Russia.
Regardless of Trump’s intentions, it is time for the Washington football team to live up to its statement released this evening.