I’ve just heard a term I’ve never heard before: Racial Pornography.
Yes, the term “racial pornography” comes to us from Jemele Hill, ESPN writer and vehement Trump critic.
Apparently, she was offended by Trump’s reference, in last week’s SOTU speech, to the controversial NFL players’ national anthem protests. Trump praised a young boy for “organizing a campaign to put flags on veterans’ graves and said his actions were 'why we proudly stand for the national anthem.'”
“I think this is going to be probably a constant theme for the president, because it’s a very easy dog whistle, it’s low-hanging fruit, it's what I like to call racial pornography because it's a way to stoke his base."
She thought Trump to be "weirdly brilliant because he has been able to hijack the entire conversation and to make this about patriotism and really, if anybody knew even the smallest bit of American history, they would understand that what the players have chosen to do is the most patriotic thing that you could."
With two sons in the military, I am 100% opposed to the protests. My position has nothing to do with race.
I have an extremely liberal friend who continually posts liberal political material on Facebook and I have always scrolled on by her inflammatory posts until she posted a cartoon portraying a fat, conservative man pointing at a kneeling NFL player saying “that’s offensive” while he ignores the man (labeled “unarmed black man”) who is bleeding out on the sidewalk after he’s been shot by a white cop.
She and her liberal friends argued that the players had every right to protest in that way.
I replied that of course, they did because we live in America.
I pointed out, however, that their right to protest in this manner was not the issue.
First, because countless Americans have sacrificed their lives to defend our freedom, I found the gesture to be extremely disrespectful. And with two sons in the military, I felt particularly strongly about this.
Second, the cartoon portrayed conservatives in a wildly inaccurate, insulting manner. I said, “Call me crazy ladies, but the message of this cartoon goes way beyond indicating support for the players right to protest. It really says so much more. When I look at the above sketch, I see a fat, white, uneducated, conservative man who is offended by the player who is kneeling during the national anthem, but is fine with the black guy bleeding out on the sidewalk who has just been shot by a white cop even though, of course, he was unarmed and I would even go out on a limb and say there's a little implication of racism!"
Unsurprisingly, they refused to admit it.
I was accused of both racism and exploiting my sons’ military service.
I was asked if I noticed that nobody else agreed with me.
“Yes,” I said. “I did notice that!”
And now, courtesy of Jemele Hill, we have a new term to describe our "racist behavior": Racial Pornography.
Because everything always has to come down to race, doesn’t it?
Will we never hear the end of Black victimhood?
If one disagrees with the NFL protests, one is a racist. If one argues against higher taxes, one is a racist.
Yes, Jemele, slavery was an atrocity and never should have been allowed to stand. Americans fought a long and bloody Civil War to abolish it. The United States is not perfect, but it sure has come a very long way in terms of racial equality.
There are more opportunities for Blacks today than ever before in US history. In many situations, Blacks have an easier path than Whites.
So, yes, Jemele Hill, I have a broad knowledge of American history and I still say that kneeling during our national anthem is the most unpatriotic thing you could do.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.