An NFL executive likened affirming black players to inpatients. Appending blackness to compulsive criminality has troubling roots
Bob McNair, the owner of the Houston Texans NFL team, last week said:” We can’t have the inpatients running the prison .” It was a including references to NFL musicians kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial difference and police brutality in the United States.
After his private criticisms grew public, McNair issued an regret:” I regret that I consumed that formulation. I never meant to annoy anyone and I was not referring to our actors. I worked a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never mark our musicians or our league that action and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it .”
McNair’s texts show a intentional knowledge of the purpose behind players stooping in the first place. It likewise brings to question, what exactly does the Texans owned miss? What he said, or that he was caught saying it?
Many athletics novelists have come to Bob McNair’s defense, saying his comments have been” twisted and set on fire “ and rejecting them as a poverty-stricken pick of words. But few have understood it for what it was: a occurrence of casually profiling the NFL players kneeling in objection as offenders.
Have I mentioned yet that 70% of the NFL workforce is black? Or that all of the high-profile musicians involved in this protest action are color souls?
When McNair says that he,” would never categorize” players” that method”, he fails to remember that those participates are not asserting on behalf of the members of themselves personally. They are demonstrating on behalf of the members of Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Terrence Crutcher and other black Americans killed by the police. They are kneeling for all the people who have been historically racially profiled in America, and deemed inherently criminal.
The historic permanence of appending blackness to compulsive criminality has roots within the system of chattel slavery, and the subjugation of pitch-black folks after the signing of the liberation decree.
The myth of innate black criminality provided both to dehumanize during bondage and to apologize the brutal the ways and means of social sovereignty required to maintain white-hot dominance after bondage, and it continues to this day via racial profiling be carried out in police throughout America.
It’s not hard to see how black NFL musicians would feel racially profiled by McNair’s comments behind closed doors.
Persons subjected to racial profiling tend to feel unfairly singled out because of their scoot, and not because of any legitimate reason for thought.
Being racially profiled also involves moods of victimization or powerlessness, both during the racially motivated meeting and while seeking redress subsequentlies. Such meeting( s) regularly lead to feelings of stigmatization and dehumanization.
Tennessee Titan linebacker Brian Orakpo tweeted:” That’s how they actually experience huh ??? These names out this man’s cavity are infuriating to me and the rest of my brothers in this League .”
In a yarn of tweets, onetime Houston Texan Cecil Shorts said:” This says it all smh … That’s how they actually appear … Inmates, slaves and concoctions. That’s all we are to the owners and others. Not grown-up soldiers with categories, boys, wives, appreciates, and morals “.
It may strike some as a strain to procreate connections between slaves, prisoners and black NFL actors protesting the policing of pitch-black organizations. But the 13 th amendment to the US constitution, which rescinded bondage and involuntary slavery, except in cases beating for a crime, stirs it inevitable in my hearts.
This amendment, which legally countenances slavery and involuntary slavery, has always been about the conflation of blackness and criminality, starting the phenomenon that some call slavery by another list.
While McNair clearly did not intended for his” inmates participating in the prison” explains to repair viral, what is clear is that he was referring to pitch-black husbands complaining systemic racism in the criminal justice system.
It is also clear that the inescapable historical stigma of blackness and criminality is alive in 2017. That’s why pitch-black NFL musicians were so casually to report to hostages- all just for exercising their own rights to objection.
Ameer Hasan Loggins is a doctoral nominee at UC Berkeley