History repeats itself: Nazis punished football players for failing to salute the flag, just like the NFL plans on doing.
Earlier this week the NFL endorsed President Trump’s white supremacy by placing a ban on players taking a knee during the National Anthem.
NFL player protest during the National Anthem has been a peaceful and respectful gesture to remember and reflect upon the police brutality and white supremacy that continues to permeate our nation, often causing real harm to our fellow Americans who happen to be people of color.
However, caving to pressure from President Trump and other white supremacists, the NFL will now force players to stand for the National Anthem. In a deplorable move, the NFL has released a new policy mandating that all players “shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”
A government policy to mandate and force patriotism from athletes is not new. Indeed, it has been practiced and endorsed by almost every fascist regime. For example, a news report dated January 9, 1934, reads:
German Football Club
Banned For 122
The Kadashain Football Club has
been prohibited from playing dur-
ing 1934 because the team failed
to give the Nazi salute when enter-ing the field to play against a
French club from Nancy at Metz
That’s right: Nazis punished football players for failing to salute the flag, just like the NFL plans on doing.
For the record, there is nothing more patriotic than protesting injustice. In fact, preventing players from protesting racial injustice while the National Anthem is being played is ultimately a rejection of patriotism, and the secular values upon which this nation was founded.
The new policy from the NFL is not only immoral, it is also dangerous, and a not so subtle reminder of how the U.S. under President Donald Trump is slowly sliding towards an ugly fascism.
Bottom line: By placing a ban on player protests during the National Anthem, the NFL is giving tacit endorsement to police brutality and the white supremacy of President Donald Trump, while mirroring the policies of Nazi Germany.
(H/T Patheos NonReligious)