When I was in college, the LGBT campus activist crowd (they were thinner, then, with fewer piercings and ungodly dye jobs, but the strident left-wing politics were the same) declared that one day in the month was “Blue Jeans Day,” and that everyone who wore blue jeans on campus that day was showing their support for LGBT Equality. At the time, I thought it was horsecrap, and I said so. It was a stupid stunt to manipulate the appearance of people supporting a cause, and it was dishonest. The LGBT activists hated me back then, too.
It seems like the Antifa NFL players are trying to play the same stunt. We all know that this whole #TakeAKnee business started when a mediocre quarterback with Bozo the Clown hair was egged on by his SJW girlfriend to express contempt for the United States by sitting on the bench during the National Anthem. That was last year. This year, they decided to start out the season by protesting against the USA on behalf of the social justice left; kneeling was originally intended as a protest and show of support for the #Resistance; i.e. the Left-Wing Democrat opponents of the president.
But when the fans didn’t like having football co-opted as another propaganda arm for the far left, the players and owners tried to pretend it was about something else. “Contra our previous statements, we are not protesting against the USA or the system of white supremacy we previously said it represents. This is actually about ‘Unity.’ If you’re against us, you’re against ‘Unity.'” The NFL owners bought a commercial about how awesome unity was. And then, last night, the Green Bay Packers — whose protest the previous weekend didn’t go over well — came out locking arms in a display of what they said was ‘Unity’ They told the crowd to lock arms and join them. But the fans didn’t fall for the bait and switch. Because they know that if you’re really about unity, you don’t make the objects of your protest the symbols of things that are supposed to unify us, like the flag and the National Anthem. Fans know that the protest began as, and remain as, a show of support for the malcontents of the far left.
We know that, like the LGBT of our college years, you’re trying to trick people into showing support for something they don’t really support.
Some of the teams are starting to backtrack, while still mouthing the company line that their protest was about ‘Unity.’ The NFL has a choice: It can tell players to protest on their own time, but leave politics out of the game. Or they can ‘stay woke’ until they go broke.