No, I don’t think that black people are protesting their salaries, but why does how much they make and how they make it, matter?
Now I’m not black and I wouldn’t pretend to know how all black people feel about the subject (and I realize that black people have different opinions on the topic), but it’s my perception that they are protesting their perception that blacks are treated differently on an overall basis when it comes to law enforcement.
It’s too bad there wasn’t a bit more diversity here at RO, maybe we could ask someone.
Could it be that 73% of the players in the NFL are black
Not sure what that has to do with anything, but ok.
“Always get there way?”
I agree the NFL has the right and authority to prohibit the behavior, just like you have the right to disagree with it. Why do you suppose the NFL doesn’t prohibit it?
There are three possibilities…
The NFL is run by tree-hugging liberal commies.
They feel their band will be harmed more if they prohibit the protests then if they allow them?
All of the above
So what is your prediction?
“NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country.”
Would you agree?
Do you think NFL attendance is waning? Do you think the NFL will lose significant fans as a result?
There are INFINITELY more blacks murdered by other blacks than killed or injured unjustly by police officers
Yes, there are more blacks murdered by other blacks than there are by police officers, that’s true, but a misrepresentation on so many levels and a pretty low bar, but I digress.
Shouldn’t we expect that cops kill fewer blacks unjustly than other people? I mean, do you want me to give cops a collective pat on the back for killing fewer blacks unjustly than other black people? I mean, that’s really bizarre that you’d even say that…
However, isn’t the more relevant statistic, when accounting for population, the question is, how are blacks treated vs whites (what I believe this issue is all about).
Are blacks treated the same?
Now, as tempting as it is to point out some egregious and flagrant examples of where blacks aren’t treated well, I realize that there is a LOT more that goes into it. WE’d also end up dueling via anecdotal examples of where you show examples of white cops treat whites badly, or where black cops abuse their authority against whites and I’d give examples of where blacks are treated unjustly…Really getting us nowhere.
I think the salt in the wound is when white cops aren’t convicted when they probably should be or when whites should be and they aren’t.
I realize that blacks are more likely (again, when accounting for population) to commit crimes. Blacks tend to live in poorer areas etc…So it’s not going to be easy using statistics alone to determine if police are treating blacks differently and perhaps there are larger underlying contributing factors of economics and culture.
The other problem is the problem of perception. There was an experiment done where people (black and white) are given a gun with an electronic trigger. An image is flashed of a person (a lifesize projection is flashed on a wall), some are criminals with weapons and others are just holding a phone and the subject has about 1 second to decide to shoot. The interesting fact that came out of that experiment is that while whites were more likely to accidentally shoot blacks with phones, so were blacks (though to a slightly lesser degree).
This tells us that this isn’t simply an issue of white on black, but a problem of perception about blacks in our culture.
As far as the official number killings of blacks determined to be unjustified, I have seen the evidence for myself and I think, despite the official account, that more than two of the deaths were unjustified.
But here we are limited to our opinions on the matter and, as I said, as tempting as it is to belabor this point, I’ll agree to disagree.