Dear White NFL Fan

Congratulations, you did it! With your misplaced whining and crying about Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem, to protest the treatment of black people at the hands of the police, and by the country in general, you have successfully kept the man unemployed in the NFL. All those phone calls and letters you sent to management all around the league, you know, telling them that you would not attend anymore games if they ever signed Mr. Kaepernick; well it worked, cause teams are treating the man like the plague and it’s all thanks to you.

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Green Bay Packers fans cheer during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

You’ve been misguided about his protest from the very beginning, mainly because you want to be misguided. You’ve claimed that taking a knee during the national anthem is disrespecting the men and women who served in the nations armed forces, especially those who gave their life for the country, but that’s an easy cop out. What you don’t want to address is that the reality for Black people in this country, is filled with discrimination, racism and mistreatment in general, and when it comes to the police, that systematic mistreatment too often ends with dead black people.

So instead of dealing with those American truths, warts and all, you simply focused on something that could fuel your outrage about the black push back to racism in this country. You’re blind to those truths and you don’t believe anything those black people are complaining about anyway. I’m sure you think that Barack Obama was president and Oprah Winfrey is a billionaire, so clearly, racism is a thing of the past. But you’re wrong. But again, congratulations, you’ve literally sent an “Invisible Man” type letter to all NFL owners, telling them to “keep this Nigger-Boy running”; or not running in this case.

ben_roethlisberger_seymour_fine_1070480951Even though the NFL has a number of players that have been involved with reprehensible crimes and are cretins of the highest order, those guys don’t spark the level of outrage in you, White NFL Fan. The sexual assaulters get a pass if they can pass from the pocket like Ben Roethlisberger, who was twice accused of sexual assault. Yeah, he wasn’t convicted of anything, but two separate women accused him and the NFL deemed one accusation worthy of a six game suspension, but where was the total outrage from you, White NFL Fan?

I know, I know, Colin Kaepernick also has a lot of tats, a huge afro or cornrow braids and you probably think that he looks like a gang banger…but that never got you in such a lather before, since many Black players in the league look just like that. And to make it worse, you probably were pissed when his stance started spreading around the league, with other players actively protesting the treatment of black people in America, during the National Anthem. So pat yourself on the back White NFL fan, you bundled your White privilege and kept a good Quarterback out of the NFL. I hope you’re proud of yourself!

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