Well, well, well. After Master Jerry Jones’s declaration that his negroes will not defy him by demonstrating during the national anthem, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot step up to the plate to deliver a “Yassa Boss” moment that has already made waves. Apparently Dak and Zeke not only wouldn’t have insisted that their name is Kunta, but would have adopted the name Toby without a single bit of resistance. Dak was asked about Jones’s comments, and replied that they don’t affect him because he does not protest during the anthem. Frankly, he could have simply left it there. No Dallas Cowboy knelt during the national anthem last year, including after President Donald Trump’s incendiary comments; so it was already abundantly clear that these players were not cut from the same cloth as those who had indeed refused to stand for the anthem throughout the 2017 season. Yet Dak felt the need to opine that demonstrating during the anthem was inappropriate and harmful; that protesting during the anthem was not the proper time and place, and that doing so took the “fun” out of football. All the while simultaneously hand-waving the very basis upon which the protests are being executed–systemic racism in America, including police brutality. Ezekiel noted that they were “America’s Team,” and of course would be standing for the anthem; as if standing for the national anthem is somehow intrinsically more valuable and patriotic than not doing so in protest. Completely disgraceful.
Dak Prescott is not just any player–he is the quarterback one of the most high profile franchises in all of professional sports, and a Black man; yet he has taken it upon himself to disrespect both the rights and efforts of his fellow brothers who have decided to uniquely express their discontent with the manner in which Black people in this country have been and are being treated. Already Dak’s comments have drawn the ire of at least one NFL player, Tahir Whitehead, musical artist The Game, as well as the general public; this includes being referred to as an Uncle Tom, a coon, and a sell-out, all of which are fitting. Zeke is also one of the most prominent Cowboys, though most of his press the past year has surrounded his violence against women and suspension as a result. That these Black men are carrying the water of their billionaire master is a stark example of how Black people can too be useful in the advancement of racism/white supremacy. The only silver lining in this travesty is that these are very young men; hopefully they will soon awaken out of their matrix like slumber and regain a modicum of respect.
Article below by Tom Gatto at sportingnews.com.
Elliott on Friday told reporters, including Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegran, that he, like Prescott, is on board with Jones’ insistence that players stand for the anthem rather than kneel or sit.
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