Content Notice: White supremacy, sexual assault.
Before Colin Kaepernik took many a white supremacist’s advice and “protested quietly” (which, spoiler alert, still pissed them off), the same league in which he competed routinely defended and employed players who assaulted their wives or mass raped drunk students. It’s in this context that a boycott of the NFL has finally spawned, stating that the NFL’s continued reluctance to employ Kaepernik supports white supremacy.
I’m glad that the conversation for black liberation is picking up some traction, but if you’re only now boycotting the NFL, I have to ask: Where the fuck you been? Damon Young is wondering the same.
I get that, for many of these fans, the Kaepernick blackball is the straw that broke the camel’s back. But again, the NFL been trash. They give no fucks about Kaepernick because they’ve given no fucks about anything other than getting your money and removing whatever might be in the way of getting more of it. You can’t give any fucks about black people if you don’t give any fucks about people. This is how they’re able to reason that Kaepernick remains unsigned because he’d be a distraction while players accused of distracting-ass shit like rape and aggravated assault remain on NFL rosters, and a Hotep preacher accused of killing two actual people is thought of as the best person to mentor Kaepernick into respectability. Having Kaepernick exist as your NFL straw in 2017 is like boycotting Trump because his hair is the color of Clorox.
So am I saying don’t boycott? No! Yay boycott! Boycott the fuck out of them! Throw boycott parties with complementary avocado toast and chorizo frittatas! Just remember that the NFL is trash, has been trash, and will continue to be trash even if Kaepernick is on a team.
I’m glad they found their back bone. I hope they keep it.
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Marcus Ranum says
They’re not white supremacists, ask the Washington Redskins!
Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says
The NFL Red[acted]s are a distraction. Just sideline them. You don’t have to make a big deal out of it or anything, just don’t let them play and don’t give them any money until they decide not to be a distraction anymore.
I mean, that’s what the NFL does, isn’t it?
The NFL is a rich white boys’ club. After Green Bay bought the Packers, the NFL made a rule that specifically forbids selling a team to any municipality. They want to make sure that the profits stay in the pockets of their rich white boys’ club; running a team and using the profits to benefit the residents of a city is against their ideology. Spurning the Redthings would not be enough.