White Fragility On Display

As soccer returned to play this summer, I noticed a consistency in the players’ expressions for racial justice. In every game, players take a knee before the kickoff, and many black players raising a fist. Given the reaction to a rather mild gesture in the other football tonight, I can imagine fragile white fans would be disturbed by what’s going on in the world of sport beyond our borders. If they knew about it.

Houston’s J.J. Watt:

I mean the booing during that moment was unfortunate. I don’t fully understand that. There was no flag involved. There was nothing involved other than two teams coming together to show unity.

Indeed. It’s quite revealing for the white privilege strain in the world today. When people complain about the protests, it’s not about the disruption and violence, it seems. It’s about people–any people–especially people of color speaking up.

It has nothing much to do with the anthem. That song, by the way, is not a military anthem. It is a national song. It belongs to any citizen as much as it does to any soldier or sailor. Likewise the US flag.

I  hope the protests continue. I look forward to the opportunity to participate in them as the future unfolds. Meanwhile, fellow white people: get over yourselves. Bob Dylan had the measure of you decades ago:

Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand

About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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