Misinformed and Misguided: NAACP Slaps Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones

Misinformed and Misguided: NAACP Slaps Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones

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Discuss Anything Other Than Police Misconduct. In the world of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones you get to tell your employees what to do even if it violated the first amendment to the Constitution you say you’re so loyal to.

In the space of a week, Jones went from kneeling alongside Dallas Cowboys players to demanding they kneel on the issue of police brutality.  Certainly he’d had conversations with other owners and perhaps even the President who is working overtime to make certain the subject of police brutality is never discussed.

This week the NAACP slammed Jerry Jones saying, “This is not an issue about our flag, this is an issue about police brutality.” As usual, advocates will have a difficult time changing the narrative from what the President hijacked it over to three weeks ago.

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The NAACP’s full statement:
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s original civil rights organization, today responded to the assertion by Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, that players on his team who choose not to stand for the National Anthem will not be allowed to take the field.  

“This is not an issue about our flag, this is an issue about police brutality, (racism, and the ability of members of the NFL whose communities are disproportionately impacted by police misconduct to peacefully say enough,” said NAACP interim President and CEO Derrick Johnson. “This is not simply a Black issue due to the number of white people also killed by police, but we know historically that when justice occurs for African Americans, all other members of our society benefit as well,” added Johnson.

Despite representing around 13 percent of the population, African-Americans are account for nearly a quarter of those individuals killed by police.

“Jerry Jones’ comments are more than tone-deaf, more than misinformed and misguided – they are a public commitment by an NFL owner to violate his players’ Constitutional right to free speech – one of the principles on which our nation was founded. They are proof that athletes like Colin Kaepernick who have quietly and peacefully used their platform to protest violence against communities of color do so at their own peril,” said Tony Covington, former NFL player and Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at the NAACP 

Following Vice President Pence’s decision to walk out of a game in which players chose not to stand during the national anthem – at President Trump’s insistence – the NAACP believes that the NFL has an obligation to take a strong stance on behalf of its athletes and their rights. We have asked to meet with Commissioner Goodell in order to determine how he can best protect his players. We hope that he will work with us and the Players’ Association to forge this critical path forward.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.

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  1. I’ve never had a job that allowed me to say what I want when I want while on the clock. While it is Mr Kapernicks right to call attention to chosen issues using his celebrity, doing so when at work gets most people fired – on the spot.
    His chosen form of protest was and is viewed as disrespectful to his country ( that has handed him fortunes, and fame) and its flag. And I agree. At the point where so many people were incensed, this college educated person could have taken it another direction, that kept the focus on police brutality, but he evidently is disdainful of anyone’s view but his own.
    I spent four years in prison because the constable that showed up was a schoolmate of my assailants done and had known them for 30 years ( I had lived in the town for 3 months), and was in a county with a 98% conviction rate. Yes, that’s right NINETY EIGHT PERCENT. My court appointed attorney informed me that he didn’t work for me –
    he worked for the county. When I, in stunned disbelief said, “bit that’s who the DA work for”, he looked me dead in the eye and said “exactly”. So I have very little regard for our criminal injustice system.
    But I know that I have had it better than 99 percent of humanity in history, and maybe 60 percent currently living now. And I love my country. In 1973, had I been born almost anyplace else, I would not have seen my 1st birthday . Year around, my home is the temperature that I desire. I can travel in an hour, a trip that used to be 2 or 3 days. Even “poor” I have access to friends and family across HUGE distances in real time and everyday, should I choose. If I can be grateful for the PRIVILEGE of being a US citizen, then these..pampered and wealthy athletes can also. It is also my RIGHT to choose to boycott the NFL in response to their shameful and disrespectful behavior. I have watched exactly ONE game this year, and I was born blue and silver, was there for the 1 and 15.
    I have several friends that are black that feels exactly the same way. It’s not an issue of race, it’s an issue of class- or a lack of it.

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