The NFL Protests: Goodell Holds Meeting About the “Kneeling Situation”. May I Make a Suggestion?

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“And the fans that don’t want to come to the game? I mean. OK. Bye. If you feel that’s something – we’re disrespecting you, don’t come to the game.” – Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker 

The local CBS Affiliate in Philadelphia reports that

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a round-table meeting with roughly 25 owners, league executives and players on Tuesday night to discuss the national anthem demonstrations.

New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas said the summit at the league’s headquarters in New York lasted roughly two hours and was attended by several of the NFL’s most prominent owners, including John Mara of the Giants, Robert Kraft of the Patriots and Art Rooney II of the Steelers. NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent also attended along with eight players from five teams.

Casillas said the group talked about what to do to move forward and how to approach the “whole kneeling situation.”

Casillas said the group talked about what to do to move forward and how to approach the “whole kneeling situation.”

“It was a whole bunch of opinions shared,” Casillas said. “There was nothing we decided we’re going to do collectively. I think it was a very conducive meeting.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the gathering was one of the many conversations that have happened this week within the NFL.

“The commissioner believed with all the owners here for committee meetings it was important to bring in some players and hear directly from them,” McCarthy said in responding to an email from The Associated Press. “While the conversations will remain private, they were very informative and instructive.”

Patriots safety Devin McCourty and special teams captain Matt Slater both joined Kraft for the meeting with Goodell. McCourty said his biggest takeaway was “just understanding.”

“From both sides,” McCourty said. “I think that players saw that when owners came out with different statements on Sunday. I think the biggest thing is as players we have to keep in the forefront what we want to get (awareness for) — the inequality, the injustice. I think that’s what’s important.”

McCourty emphasized not only the unity on the Patriots, but throughout the NFL.

“I think we gotta make sure this whole thing doesn’t turn into the NFL vs. Donald Trump,” he said. “As players … we have an agenda of what we think can be done better. We’re trying to use our platform. We have to stick to that.

“It’s not really this war of whether does the NFL have our back or let’s battle Trump. But I do think (the owners) are willing to help us get some of these things going. Hopefully that is what happens out of all of this.”

So, NFL Players are standing up in support of black Americans being killed by municipal police officers.

Okay.

On July 11, 2016, one of the “Newspapers of Record” for Modern American Liberals, The Washington Post, posted the following information…

In 2015, The Washington Post launched a real-time database to track fatal police shootings, and the project continues this year. As of Sunday, 1,502 people have been shot and killed by on-duty police officers since Jan. 1, 2015. Of them, 732 were white, and 381 were black (and 382 were of another or unknown race).

But as data scientists and policing experts often note, comparing how many or how often white people are killed by police to how many or how often black people are killed by the police is statistically dubious unless you first adjust for population.

According to the most recent census data, there are nearly 160 million more white people in America than there are black people. White people make up roughly 62 percent of the U.S. population but only about 49 percent of those who are killed by police officers. African Americans, however, account for 24 percent of those fatally shot and killed by the police despite being just 13 percent of the U.S. population. As The Post noted in a new analysis published last week, that means black Americans are 2.5 times as likely as white Americans to be shot and killed by police officers.

U.S. police officers have shot and killed the exact same number of unarmed white people as they have unarmed black people: 50 each. But because the white population is approximately five times larger than the black population, that means unarmed black Americans were five times as likely as unarmed white Americans to be shot and killed by a police officer.

Police have shot and killed a young black man (ages 18 to 29) — such as Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. —175 times since January 2015; 24 of them were unarmed. Over that same period, police have shot and killed 172 young white men, 18 of whom were unarmed. Once again, while in raw numbers there were similar totals of white and black victims, blacks were killed at rates disproportionate to their percentage of the U.S. population. Of all of the unarmed people shot and killed by police in 2015, 40 percent of them were black men, even though black men make up just 6 percent of the nation’s population.

And, when considering shootings confined within a single race, a black person shot and killed by police is more likely to have been unarmed than a white person. About 13 percent of all black people who have been fatally shot by police since January 2015 were unarmed, compared with 7 percent of all white people.

In response to these statistics, critics of police reform — often political conservatives and police unions — typically argue that the reason more black men and women are shot and killed by police is that black Americans commit more violent crime.

“There’s too much violence in the black community,” former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “If you want to deal with this on the black side, you’ve got to teach your children to be respectful to the police, and you’ve got to teach your children that the real danger to them is not the police; the real danger to them, 99 out of 100 times, 9,900 out of 10,000 times, are other black kids who are going to kill them. That’s the way they’re gonna die.”

Responding to the wave of demonstrations across the country that have been triggered by recent police shootings of black men, Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said black parents should teach their children to be respectful to police. (Reuters)

As the New York Daily News noted: Giuliani is wrong about the so-called black-on-black crime rate. According to FBI numbers from 2014, about 90 percent of black homicide victims were killed by other black people. The “white-on-white” murder rate that same year — homicides in which a white person was killed by another white person — was 82 percent of all murders of white people.

But it is true that a disproportionate amount of murders and other violent crimes are committed by black Americans.

Because detailed FBI data on crime can lag by several years, the most-cited statistics on this point refer to 2009 data. According to that data, out of all violent crimes in which someone was charged, black Americans were charged with 62 percent of robberies, 57 percent of murders and 45 percent of assaults in the country’s 75 biggest counties — despite the fact that black Americans made up just 15 percent of the population in those places.

My point for posting this article today is not to be some mean ol’ RAAACIIIST cracker. Rather, this post is a sounding board, as it often is, for questions that nag at me, seeking an answer.

The writer for the Washington Post noted in the article above (please bear with me for repeating the information) that “out of all violent crimes in which someone was charged, black Americans were charged with 62 percent of robberies, 57 percent of murders and 45 percent of assaults in the country’s 75 biggest counties — despite the fact that black Americans made up just 15 percent of the population in those places.”

And, that “about 90 percent of black homicide victims were killed by other black people.”

Perhaps the truth behind the reported disparity in reported police brutality against black Americans lies within those statistics reported by the Liberally biased Washington Post.

If black Americans are committing more violent crimes, doesn’t that, through sheer numbers, increase the chance of police incidences of police brutality against the alleged perpetrators?

Some of which, as has been reported over the years, were actually Professional Football Players in the National Football League.

But, I digress.

If the NFL Players truly are concerned with the police brutality against black Americans, wouldn’t the logical thing be for them to get involved on the local level, mentoring young black boys and men, so they could achieve and contribute to American Society, instead of hanging out where and with whom they shouldn’t be and putting themselves in situations where they could be suspected of illegal activity and be placed in a situation with police that could go badly for all involved?

Not I realize that would involve more of the “disenfranchised” millionaire NFL Players precious time and money, but, there are always more cars to buy and more…err…ummm…ladies willing to help them spend their money.

And the results of helping black Americans into a better situation in life would be a lot more satisfying than losing your job because your team owners have to make cuts because Americans have stopped watching the NFL on TV and going to the games because you guys keep disrespecting our flag, our National Anthem, and all of those brave American men and women who gave their lives so you could get paid millions to play a game that we all played in our front and back yards growing up.

Giving back and helping someone have a brighter future makes a heckuva lot more sense that going down on one knee to disrespect a country which has given you everything…doesn’t it?

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

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