Oh, goody! That’s sure putting the right people on the job! Fabulously wealthy multi-gazillionaires prattling on about how you and I should approach the people in our lives! I can’t wait to hear a guy making 50 million dollars a year to play a game lecture me on all that I’m doing wrong.
That’s about the same thing as the local shoe store salesman’s deciding that brain surgery isn’t perfect, and, gosh golly! he’s ticked off about it, and he’s going to do something about it!
So after kneeling while helping some customers try on some shoes, he gets together with the store owner and releases a statement telling how he, other shoe salesmen and other store owners are going to do something about imperfect brain surgery!
Stay with me. The analogy works. Here’s how:
First: The shoe salesman knows as much about brain surgery as the average NFL player knows about “Social Justice issues.” I know this, because there’s no definition for “Social Justice issues” beyond “Doing What Loud, Obnoxious Leftists Want You to Do.” The point: No one knows what “Social Justice issues” means.
The latest desultory, kind of pathetic, stab at providing a workable understanding of the phrase is: “Police Brutality and Racial Inequality.” The problem is that police violence directed at all definable groups has been on the decline for decades. So, that won’t survive even superficial scrutiny. This is why, of course, no one does any investigation into the actual incidence of police brutality in America.
The other problem, though — “racial inequality” — is a different ball of wax entirely. There’s some complexity in that one! Way more complexity than a typical football player is going to comprehend. Let’s face it, other than the quarterbacks, football players are not on the field because of their intellectual gifts.(1)
Second: both brain surgery and race relations require native intelligence that’s not a prerequisite either for selling shoes or playing football.
Third: the resolutions for problems with both brain surgery and race relations require wisdom that’s also not a requirement either for selling shoes or playing NFL football. In fact, it might be the opposite of wisdom that leads people to become one or the other.(2)
Fourth: Are you ready to have your shoe salesman lecture you on brain surgery? You should be just as eager to listen to a football player’s advice on, race relations.
For all this to be anything serious at all, and not the farce that it appears to be: they — the shoe salesmen and the football players — might be able to rustle up a few bucks that they then would need to turn over to people who actually know something about the topics at hand, but that’s about it.
In other words: this whole hoo hah in the NFL is nothing more than a shakedown operation. A big charade meant to separate people, who don’t have the time (working people) or the inclination (liberals), or the intelligence (liberals again), to look into the issues in any depth, from their money, and/or their votes.
These football players don’t care about “Social Justice,” or “racial inequality,” or “race relations.” If they were to think about any of these things, #1 it would hurt their brains, and #2, it would take time away from their beating their wives and girlfriends, and kicking their dogs.
Just as I don’t want a shoe salesman anywhere near my brain surgery, so NFL players should stay as far away as they possible can from pronouncing themselves on politics.
(1) They’re not all dummies either. There are bright football players, but that’s not the primary reason they’re on the football field. Furthermore, the violence on the modern-day football field tends to select out the really brainy ones.
(2) Not in any way meant to be a knock on shoe salesmen! It’s honest work. However, it’s generally not seen as a highly desirable career choice. And, while playing in the NFL has real attractiveness, it can lead to football players thinking they’re Important Thinkers, when they’re really big, dumb jocks. Generally. When people like Colin Kaepernick decide to get all deep publicly they beclown themselves, if only the press had the honesty to point it out.