September 30, 2017

What do the kneelers want?

Detroit Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel says that the majority of NFL kneelers last week acted because they were "outraged by Trump's comments."

They came together. Black and white. Rich and, well, richer. United together. Against hatred and division and inequality. It was a peaceful demonstration, a peaceful expression for positive change. Against division. It was not a statement against the flag.

It was not a statement against the military. It was about unity.

But those comments by Trump were a reaction to Colin Kaepernick's muddled conflation of the flag and our national anthem with a mixture of Marxism, anti-police sentiment, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Muddled messages tend to get misinterpreted. The Detroit Free Press columnist interprets it this way:

This has grown far bigger than Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started a movement last season by sitting or kneeling the national anthem in protest of social injustices in America.

Sunday's show of unity was about positive change, not about causing division.

They were protesting the divisive words of a president who has preached exclusion.

Building walls. Banning people. They were protesting a president who was tone deaf during the protests in Charlottesville, Va., where a white supremacist rally over the planned removal of a confederate statue turned deadly. A president who has done nothing to unite people.

A president who has done nothing to calm racist tensions.

The words and the viewpoint of a journalist who spins his narrative in a way that, I think purposely, fans those "racist (sic) tensions."

But I don't personally believe that most of the NFL players who knelt *want* racial tension. They want justice. Not "social justice" which is a veiled euphemism for egalitarian socialism, but actual, equal treatment, justice. Genuine equality.

There have already been mumblings that protesters should and will start to actively engage on this issue off the field, away from the national anthem sung before they go to playful work on the football field. But if those efforts employ the same old race and class posturing that has dominated this issue for decades, we should expect it to have the same result - perpetuation of disunity. But there is, I think, a much better way. A way that has not been tried, but that everyone who wants a peaceful solution should be open to considering.

The United States of America should allow each and every black person to opt out of laws that use violence against nonviolent behavior. Every law that uses violence to resist evil. Every victimless crime law that punishes vice with violence. Every regulation that interferes with choice, risk, savings, innovation, imagination, free expression, association, or voluntary agreement.

This peaceful, empowering, humanizing, Christian idea was proposed by David Gornoski in his Christian Manifesto for Black Lives Matter last February. He goes into far more detail than what I have snipped, but here is his crescendo:

We can do this today. We can save millions of black lives from theft, assault, and death. We can reunite thousands of black families starting right now. But we have to renew our minds. We have to change our minds about who we want to imitate. Not some political party. Not some slogan about which lives matter. Of course all lives matter. But let's prove it. Let's imitate Jesus and love our neighbors as ourselves. For once in our lives, let's stop this game. This guilty pleasure of casting out and dehumanizing our scapegoats of every pigment—black, white, brown, blue, whatever.

Let's start this new mindset by extending Jesus' mercy and grace to our black brothers and sisters. Let's agree as a society to set them free from all of these fraudulent laws against nonviolent behaviors.

Let them enjoy the full fruits of their labor. Let them innovate. Let them pursue their dreams unimpeded by government "rigged-ulations." These freedoms are intrinsic to their humanity. They are intrinsic to the very image of God, which Jesus says is in every one of us.

Egalitarian Socialism Freedom on the March Posted by JohnGalt at September 30, 2017 1:40 PM
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