So yesterday, my best friend posted something on fb about what is going on in the NFL and one of her nephews made an idiotic comment. (He’s 18ish) and we both replied back to him but ultimately just gave up because it would be more productive to beat your head against a brick wall. (He did not understand the statistical data that he asked for and I provided-because he did not believe that A-black people are shot/killed more in this country and B-that they are charged with more crimes (disproportionate to the % they make up in this country) because they are also profiled,etc even though I provided plenty of statistics to show this (he didn’t understand how to read the statistics so he accused me of providing contradictory information and then just started being very condescending-and that was when I chose to end the conversation and told him I was done speaking to him until he could stop being an asshole.
His father (bestie’s brother) got in on the conversation later-stated that NFL players could do something else like give to charity etc or protest when they “aren’t at work”
(BTW, the nephew said that the football players are not doing their jobs- I pointed out that they ARE-the game is their job. Then he decided to compare this to teachers teaching common core) (These people only recently figured out that bestie is a teacher mind you-and she’s been a teacher for a while now) (And he couldn’t get over the fact that those are two different issues)
Back to the brother-I pointed out to him ALL the charities that Kaepernick has donated to (and I told him I was not going to list every football player and every charity)-but I know several players donate so several low income cities-and Kaepernick’s goal was to make that his charity focus last year.
He then comes back with-”I know what he donated to and I don’t care.”
Um, so you changed your argument mid argument.
I pointed out Trump is who made this about disrespecting the flag and turned it political-deflecting from what TRUMP and his administration is doing and the brother just had a big old shit fit (he’s a Trump lover/apologist)
He’s also a veteran and went off about first about respecting people’s right to protest and how he defending people’s right to protest, then he switched to protecting the flag……so since he didn’t care about the charities (when he said he did) and he stated he respected the right to protest (until he didn’t)
I can only conclude that what he meant was that he only respects and defends the rights of white Americans-much like the rest of the people pissing their pants about this issue.
He also got offended for being called a racist. No one called him a racist, so he knows he’s racist. (The post was stating “that’s what racism is.”) So the fact that’s how he took it, makes me think that he really needs to evaluate some things.
And I have a lot more respect for the honesty of people who at least admit they are racist. I don’t respect them. But I respect the fact that they will at least admit what they are.
It’s ok to have to unlearn prejudice and stereotypes or to even admit that you have been racist and need to change. I think a lot of us have had to do that. That is part of evolving and growing and becoming a better human being. But living in denial of it-and hiding behind your white privilege, that’s just as bad.