Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neill just offered a very simple, totally patriotic, guaranteed to work, solution to all NFL players protesting the flag.
And one that actually honors, not trashes America.
Basically they just drew a red line in the sand and said put you godamn money where your mouths are or shut up already.
“I’m sick of hearing about protests. It’s time for us to put some action (behind it),” Barkley said according to ABC.
“I’m proud of NFL players for finally getting together with the owners (Tuesday), talking about prison reform and things like that. We’ve got to work with the police. I want these players — they’ve got so much money and so much visibility, they can go to the owners of these teams and say, ‘Hey, listen, let’s go to these communities and put some time and some effort in there.’ We have spent so much time worrying about who’s kneeling and who’s got the fist up, we have not come up with solutions. So I’m sick of hearing about the anthem protests.”
Correct. Look certain communities in America have been left behind. And the truth is it has nothing to with race but politics. Really.
The Democrats were in control of the Federal Government and most state governments – the rise of the GOP is only a recent phenomenon – and as a country we tried to help these communities out.
Because America is by far the most generous country in the history of the world.
But the Democrats, and their intentions were probably pure, ended up hurting these communities.
Instead of giving them paths to own their own homes, build equity, and have pride in ownership, they gave them public housing.
I learned when I was 10 that if you didn’t earn it or own it you won’t respect it. And that goes for jobs, welfare, etc.
They Dems created a culture of dependency that stole the ambition and drive – literally stole the American dream – from huge swaths of people
What’s needed is what Charles offered – put your money where your mouths are and start investing in and lifting up the communities you claim to want to help.
Instead of talking, actually do something and solve the problem.
And the only solution to this problem is a healthy dose if capitalism, a shot at the American dream. There is no other way and these players have the unique ability to actually make that happen.
Shaq added, “I agree with Chuck. Enough talking. When are we going to do something about it? Let’s just get something done. Make this world a better place.”
Barkley added, “We’re all in this thing together. It ain’t a black or white thing. It ain’t a cop against people. It’s all of us.”
NFL players should honor the flag and invest and bring opportunities to these communities or shut the f*ck up.