HuffPost contributor Jesse Benn, who describes himself as “Dad, partner, engaged citizen, opinionated writer, leftist, PhD student,” has concluded that any white athlete who stands during the national anthem is in full support of white supremacy. His logic is as baffling as the picture he chose to post at the top of his article, which shows two white Cleveland Browns players and one black player standing. The black player must be a white supremacist, too!
“It’s a question of privilege,” Benn states at the beginning. “See, for white athletes the anthem and American flag do represent freedom, liberty and whatever other amorphous American values one might ascribe these symbols. So, from their view, kneeling would be disrespectful to the privileges a white supremacist nation affords them."
But of course, Benn is from the camp that believes only whites enjoy the freedoms in this country. He calls all the arguments against kneeling “fairytales” because that includes soldiers fighting for our freedom, whereas in his opinion, wars are for “imperial conquests” only. He should thank a soldier for giving him the freedom to be so publicly stupid. Perhaps he could start with the one in the video above. Oh, wait, the Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva is a white supremacist because he stood for the anthem AND a three-time Afghanistan veteran. That makes him doubly offensive. That must be why Villanueva's an "offensive" tackle.
Benn ran out of words to define “white privilege:"
If white athletes can’t fathom kneeling because they feel soldiers fought for their rights and blah blah blah patriotism, it’s because they are treated as full citizens and afforded those rights they imagine soldiers fought for. Interpreting their own experience as something more universal, they struggle to understand why anyone should kneel. Indeed, for them, the anthem and American flag represent promises fulfilled.
Benn then goes on to say blacks in this country aren't afforded the same, and blah blah blah everybody’s racist. And “this isn’t a matter of opinion,” Benn states with confidence:
Understand this. White supremacy — as in the structures of opportunity, the legacy of/ongoing oppression of non-whites, and the asymmetrical hoarding of resources by whites — is what affords us the privileges that limit our view, making a peaceful act of protest seem offensive in spite of the broader context of what’s being protested. And the ignorant result of that privilege was on full display Sunday as white players stood next to their black teammates.
So let’s at least be clear that what those players stood for on Sunday was white supremacy. Full stop.
Like he said, blah blah blah.
Taking Benn’s side is Tariq Nasheed, the “anti-racism strategist” who laughably claims to be a “Constitution advocate.” He sent out a warning to his 202,000 Twitter followers to look out for “white supremacists” because they're everywhere:
In the eyes of race-baiters like Nasheed, any one that reacts negatively to the anthem protesters are suspected white supremacists. Can you get any more racist than this? Especially calling a black person an "opporCOONist?"