I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know… https://t.co/Jg36d0Ad0l— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) June 4, 2020
Van Hollen, Heinrich, Kaine and Michael Bennet are kneeling during this moment. pic.twitter.com/uCzf6d3KR7— Emily Cochrane (@ESCochrane) June 4, 2020
Sherrod Brown has joined the kneelers. pic.twitter.com/iZAZyheaSv— Emily Cochrane (@ESCochrane) June 4, 2020
The Great Unraveling is clearly heading toward a climax.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country. Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corp. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about. And in many cases, that brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed. Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the ‘60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point. And is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”
“I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused.
In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character.
This is where I stand:
I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference.
I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today.
I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community.
I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement.
I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right.
I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy.
I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen.
For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness. …”
This is ritual shaming straight out of Bolshevism.
We’re seeing the politicization of sportsball. This is the end of an era.
If you are an American Nationalist, it is time to admit you were wrong. I’m ready to accept your apology. America IS NOT a nation anymore. Donald Trump DID NOT Make America Great Again.
As I have argued for years, this country has dissolved under neoliberalism and has become nothing more than a marketplace and a geographic space inhabited by people who have nothing in common except legal citizenship who mutually loathe each other. Diversity is not a strength. We have irreconcilable differences. The liberal social order has brought us to the brink of national disintegration.
Imagine living in a country where an NFL quarterback has to publicly apologize for not disrespecting your nation’s flag. This is a country where rioters and looters laid siege to the White House and set Washington, DC. on fire and weren’t even detained in jail for doing so. This is a country where the police now surrender their authority to the mob and kneel before criminals. This is a country where our top generals attack the president for tweeting about using the military to restore order in such circumstances.
I know that I sound like a broken record sometimes when I attack conservative liberalism, but how can you look at what has happened over the past two weeks AND NOT conclude that this ideology is bankrupt? The so-called “extremists” were right all along. The “mainstream” was delusional. It was the mainstream that succumbed to the delusion that your country could be based on nothing more than liberal ideology. The conservative movement smugly settled into its project of conserving liberalism and that has brought about disastrous long term consequences.
Wignats declare total victory in civil war with AmNats.