(MRC TV) A writer for the Huffington Post claims that white athletes who stand during the National Anthem are “standing for white supremacy.”
Jesse Benn, a white man, in his opinion piece “White Athletes Still Standing For The Anthem Are Standing For White Supremacy,” argues that “the absence of white athletes kneeling for the anthem Sunday was a particularly illustrative moment in white privilege.”
He said that while those athletes may believe that the Anthem and the American flag “do represent freedom, liberty and whatever other amorphous American values one might ascribe these symbols,” they are values afforded to them as white people in a “white supremacist nation.”
Benn said that the argument that kneeling during the Anthem is disrespectful to the flag and the U.S. military is not valid, because they fought for “someone’s right to protest, not the opposite.”
“So using the troops as a cudgel against protest wholly misunderstands even our own national fairytale,” he said.
He went on to argue that white athletes who “can’t fathom kneeling” are unable to understand because they are “treated as full citizens and afforded those rights.”
“If white athletes can’t fathom kneeling because they feel soldiers fought for their rights and blah blah blah patriotism, it’s because they are treated as full citizens and afforded those rights they imagine soldiers fought for,” Bann wrote. “Interpreting their own experience as something more universal, they struggle to understand why anyone should kneel. Indeed, for them, the anthem and American flag represent promises fulfilled.”
“This is the problem of privilege. It skews our ability to grasp what the world looks like outside our view,” he continued.
Bann went on to say that “anyone who professes to care about America’s alleged values should be fighting to extend them to those they’re deprived…”