Atlantic writer Jemele Hill — who was fired a few years ago from ESPN after she called then-President Donald Trump a white supremacist — says the national anthem no longer belongs in American sports.
In her article for The Atlantic, entitled, The Problem With Mandatory Patriotism in Sports, Hill defends Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for trying to cancel the playing of the national anthem.
Playing the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at sporting events has become an empty gesture of patriotism,” Hill wrote with her first few words.
Early last week, Cuban announced that he would not play the national anthem before Dallas Mavericks home games this season.
The NBA responded by announcing that all teams would play the national anthem before games.
As far as Hill is concerned, “the Mavericks should have held their ground” and continued to impose their ban on the anthem.
Hill argued that blacks no longer feel patriotic about America, writing:
“We are living in a time when many people—including many athletes of color—are deeply uncomfortable with how patriotic symbols have been weaponized to undermine and diminish the humanity of Black and brown Americans.”
The leftist writer went on to push the canard that one of the original verses of the song praises slavery, saying, “which includes the lyric ‘No refuge could save the hireling and slave, From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave’—has been interpreted as mocking or threatening the Black people who escaped their enslavers and fought for the British.”
Hill concludes that “mandatory patriotism” should be ended.
“When the Mavericks stopped playing the national anthem, [NBA commissioner Adam] Silver should have been similarly accommodating — and taken advantage of the opportunity to lift the league’s anthem rule. Whatever the NBA decided was going to outrage someone. But mandatory patriotism doesn’t give Americans reason for pride; it only highlights the country’s failures,” Hill wrote in the piece.
This all began a few years ago with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling for the national anthem because he claimed America “oppresses” minorities and allows its cops to “murder” innocent people of color.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told Steve Wyche of NFL Media at the start of his protest back in 2016. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he continued. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
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Author: Martin Walsh