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Junious Ricardo Stanton
Is It Time To Boycott the NFL?

“When black athletes secured a toehold in the earliest versions of organized sports in America: in baseball and horse racing and cycling- they settled for individual success rather than trying to use what power they had to remake a system to ensure fairness and the possibility of future success. The Negro Leagues were undermined when Rube Foster died because he was the visionary who understood that temporary, individual successes weren’t enough if they weren’t accomplished by new institutions to ensure the perpetuation of that success.” William C. Rhoden, Forty Million Dollar Slaves page 260.

Recently National Football League owners, a bunch of privileged billionaire white men, unanimously voted to ban kneeling and protests during the national anthem prior to NFL games. This is their official response to two seasons of NFL players kneeling to bring attention to racial oppression, police brutality and socio-economic inequality initiated by banned NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick who began the practice during 2016 pre-season games. Kaepernick’s thoughtful reasoning caught on and more professional athletes started doing it, even as they watched the NFL white ball Kaepernick for his activism and integrity.
The owners (this word conjures up images of modern day enslavers attempting to control their highly paid “property”) capitulated to Donald Trump who used his opposition to the kneelings to garner votes and support from his corporate and voter base.
Trump on hearing about the owners vote said, “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.” Remember Trump called the protesting NFL players “sons of ***es” but said Neo-Nazis, Skinheads and KKKers were “very fine people” http://time.com/4904281/bigots-boosted-by-the-bully-pulpit-charlottesville/. Trump set the tone and pressed NFL owners to do something to halt the protests.
The NFL owners many who use tax payer money to fund their lavish stadiums and practice facilities (https://www.dailysignal.com/2017/09/26/heres-much-money-nfl-rakes-taxpayers/) eliminated the protests that angered Joe and Jane Sixpack and the NFL’s corporate sponsors. Despite the fact African Americans comprise sixty-eight percent of NFL players, the owners decided to go with the money. Most people don’t know the NFL gets paid by the US military to turn their sporting events into jingoistic pro-war spectacles. https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/amount-money-military-gives-nfl.html/?a=viewall
Perhaps its time we seriously consider boycotting the NFL, its sponsors and affiliated partners. Jerrett L. Carter the founder of HBCU Digest wrote a piece calling for HBCUs to boycott the NFL https://hbcudigest.com/why-hbcus-must-call-for-black-america-to-boycott-the-nfl/. He lays out a solid case for doing so, but there are plenty of other reasons to do it.
Last year there was a call to boycott the NFL in support of Colin Kaepernick but it eventually fizzled. I must admit I failed to fully support it too. There are numerous reasons to boycott the NFL. For one Trump and the media distorted Kaepernick’s message disingenuously implying he was anti military and anti-police, trying to make him appear un-American. That is a lie, Kaepernick was protesting injustice.
Kaepernick’s protest also forced people to rethink America’s history and the singing the racist Star Spangled Banner written by a slave owning white man. Check out the third stanza it refers to Black soldiers fighting for their freedom on the side of the British and the last thing the fascist oligarchs want is people thinking about this nation’s sordid history; so the NFL kicked him to the curb! Kaepernick was a starting NFL quarterback at one time, a Superbowl quarterback in the prime of his playing years, now he is persona non grata banned from playing!
Some non NFL professional athletes like Lebron James sided with Kaepernick while other athletes raised additional issues such as mass incarceration. Kaepernick’s stand has been likened to Muhammad Ali’s position against US racism, imperialism and the war against people of color in Southeast Asia. Kaepernick didn’t internationalize the scope of his protest but US imperialism is still a timely and topical issue.
Finally we should boycott on GP because there are no NFL teams with Black ownership or partnerships. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/diversity-in-the-nba-the-nfl-and-mlb/, not that token ownership of an NFL team would benefit the masses of Black folks, but at least the NFL would send a much different message.
It’s time we stiffen our backs, do the right thing and stand up in support of our Brothers and Sistah of conscience.

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Friday, May 25th 2018 at 2:07PM
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Friday, May 25th 2018 at 5:07PM
Deacon Ron Gray
The NFL is nothing but a waste of time.

Friday, May 25th 2018 at 9:17PM
Steve Williams
The NFL is a American tradition. Why would you said that the NFL is nothing but a waste of time?




Friday, May 25th 2018 at 9:46PM
Deacon Ron Gray
Think about how much American productivity is wasted watching something that only protests about doing something but actually never does anything but throw and kick a ball around.

Friday, May 25th 2018 at 11:06PM
Steve Williams
I agree anyone, who attempts to silence anyone's voice or attempt to destroy one's integrity or livelihood; not on my buddy list. And with this New regulation on standing for the national anthem is so stupid. Football is such a dangerous game, how bout instituting some better regulations to help ensure safety measures from trauma.
Saturday, May 26th 2018 at 12:01AM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
This move from the NFL is moved to silence the voices the of the black man, in time such as this.


Saturday, May 26th 2018 at 3:38AM
Deacon Ron Gray

Boycott The NFL?

1. There are/have been Owners that look at COLORED 'flesh' and BUY them

2. There are/have been Owners that take COLORED 'flesh' and Put them in a FIELD

3. There are/have been Owners that sell COLORED 'flesh' to other Owners.......

.....PLEASE .... if FOOTBALL was NOT done away with LONG AGO....

.....PLEASE .... if Players STOP...OK.... then I can STOP Loving my Oakland Raiders.......


Saturday, May 26th 2018 at 8:24AM
robert powell
No, you shouldn't stop loving your Oakland raiders... but I cannot support an organization that disenfranchise anyone's voice. Look the NFL buys a player, not his mind. I love Amazon but after it was stated that they will continue to accept funds from the NRA I cancelled my Prime membership. Anyone that opposes my values does not receive my support.
Saturday, May 26th 2018 at 2:50PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
Well Said Sister Artis, Well said.


Saturday, May 26th 2018 at 5:10PM
Deacon Ron Gray
If more of our people thought like Sistah Artis we as a collective would be much better off economically, socially, organization wise, stronger and more formidable.
Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 12:30AM
Junious Stanton
Thanks brothers and to you J Stanton very good blog. The one thing that posses me off with this situation is that alot of black athletes that ridicule Colin for kneeling. Now theDonald is talking about Kanye and Colin on some race panel. I hope Colin don't fall for that. Kanye is gone.. I refuse to listen or buy anymore of his music. I am just so done with him.
Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 4:23AM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
The sooner we stop talking about race the better.

Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 7:48AM
Steve Williams
Why Steve?


Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 8:17AM
Deacon Ron Gray
Hi Steve, unfortunately race and "skin color" apparently are issues that we can't escape. We people of color still experienced racism. Truth is some of us are judged by our looks.
Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 8:20AM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
Is It Time To Boycott The NFL?

SUBJECT

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No, NFL is a Majority African American Family HIGH INCOME.....Reality...!

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-----BUT offSubject with the BIA, Family of Thinkers......

"....The sooner we stop talking about race the better....."

Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 7:48AM
Steve Williams

".....We people of color still experienced racism. Truth is some of us are judged by our looks....."

Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 8:20AM
Cynthia Merrill Artis

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COLORED'whiteBlackRedYellowOlive-highYella...Smokey etal.'...... IS and ALWAYS was:

1. I G N O R A N T - M O R O N I C - D E C A D E N T... With GENESIS in the ENSLAVED evilMind.…..!

2. A Racist Product of DIVISIONIST kingJamesVersions of African Asian Monotheistic Belief

3. The ANTITHESIS of the African Asian History, Scholarship and Science ….

Yes, Steve the Sooner … Better and yes Cynthia; I experience judgement of looks from juniorDeacons





Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 8:57AM
robert powell
Why are you judged based on a photo? Robert we go along way back. I think once people get to know the real you minus your sarcastic, opinionated point of views they will come to realize you are a golden ray of sunshine. You are just passionate about your views. How old is Iman (did I get that right) she's a little lady now?
Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 9:31AM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
Hi Cynthia. The problem is I never see anything positive coming from the constant talk of race. We have these shows like Politics Nation this morning that spend the whole show talking about nothing but race. All it does is make everyone that much angrier.

Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 10:14AM
Steve Williams
That is a good question Sister Artis, a very good question.


Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 10:29AM
Deacon Ron Gray
Race, color, class are constants in this country. Talk of race makes white people extremely uncomfortable because then they are forced to try to do the impossible, defend the indefensible; their global and domestic socio-economic system of imperialism, invasion, rape, pillage, plunder, exploitation and racial oppression that has been going on for over five hundred years. The global victims of this system cannot fall for their okey-doke about not talking about it and we should be leery of anyone Black white, Red or any other color/phenotype who asks us not to talk about it. The only way we can heal ourselves (and we cannot in sound mind expect our oppressors to heal/save us) is to talk about it, do the inner work (through meditation, mental reprogramming, transformation etc) to mend our broken psyches and collectively organize so we maintain active resistance to the mentacide and social and political oppression this system intends for us.
Ms Artis, it's not Powell's picture nor his looks people discern and judge him on. it's his extremely toxic energy, narrow mindedness and gibberish. I notice you also picked up on his negativity and toxicity.
Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 12:43PM
Junious Stanton
Steve during the 17th century the Puritains thought the Natives were wild savages. Called them red skins, non Christians, hence the beginning... your President embraces the ideology that "s...hole" black countries, attacking people of color whom he deems inferior. Sorry as long as the seeds of intolerance is planted... intolerance will spring forth. Black lives matter, etc. I was born with a mouth and a brain. I grew up in the South with my great grandmother who was born in 1890, I remember her stories.
Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 2:51PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
Stanton... I myself had my share of arguments with Robert. To be honest I find him to be very insightful especially with African and Asian history. Steve is very passionate about his views. I don't consider him negative or toxic... actually I have high regards for anyone who speaks his/her truth. Also, Robert is in his golden years... I enjoy some of his rants even though reading them can come across as vicious.
Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 3:01PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
Ms Artis, I don't share your opinion of Robert Powell. You are certainly entitled to yours, from what you've said, it is apparent you are far more tolerant and compassionate than I am with regards to Powell. It's good you see good in him and enjoy his rants, frankly I don't. The only reason I don't delete or block him is because I trust the readers to make up their own minds; and just as you have many readers find him obnoxious in his passion for his ideology. I could deal with that but once he started his personal attacks against me, I wasn't going to back down from someone like him who has in my view demonstrates a bigoted, limited and non-scholarly view of history. I am not saying anything to you now about him I have not said to him directly on numerous occasions. Thanks for your thoughtful input, I respectfully disagree with you about Robert Powell.
Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 4:24PM
Junious Stanton
Stanton I understand, I agree you should stand your ground against bullying against anyone who's attacking your character. I wouldn't say tolerance, I just know Robert... he is very opinionated and in the beginning he and I did attack each other's character, but eventually we had a truce. He's used some colorful terms against me and trust me... I'm just as tuff as he can be. I'm not trying to sell Robert to anyone. I myself can be passionate about my views. My take, if you can tolerate Harry, over Robert; okay. Enough about Robert.. let's get back on the blog subject. I'm curious about the future of the NFL with this New policy they have issued.
Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 4:49PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
I can vouch for Cynthia, she's as tough as tough can be.

Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 5:34PM
Steve Williams
Yes enough about Robert Powell he's not worth it. The NFL will continue, the owners, corporate sponsors and networks will get what they want a non-politicized NFL season with no issues or social commentary from their millionaire hirelings so Joe and Jane Sixpack (more and more women watch the NFL now) can watch the games, drink themselves into an even deeper stupor to block out a reality they lack the courage to acknowledge or confront which is why they watch the games in the first place.
Monday, May 28th 2018 at 1:18AM
Junious Stanton
As much as I hate to admit it but you are so right. Its kinda disappointing that the $$ overrides common sense. My son said, he will just read about it. Somethings will never change.
Monday, May 28th 2018 at 3:45AM
Cynthia Merrill Artis

Is It Time To Boycott The NFL?

SUBJECT

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No, NFL is a Majority African American Family HIGH INCOME.....Reality...!

----- PROBABLY the BIGGEST ECONOMIC ENGINE in the African American Family Community.....

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-----BUT offSubject with the Opinionated Author.....

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"..I don't share your opinion of Robert Powell... Robert Powell he's not worth it.....

The only reason I don't delete or block him is because I trust the readers to make up their own minds;

and just as you have many readers find him obnoxious in his passion for his ideology.

I could deal with that but once he started his personal attacks against me,

I wasn't going to back down from someone like him who has in my view demonstrates a bigoted, limited

and non-scholarly view of history. I am not saying anything to you now about him I have not said to him

directly on numerous occasions...…."

Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 4:24PM
Junious Stanton

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you Junior that came to be Originally as a noNAME, noPicture….guestVisitor...NOBODY

…….BIA, an African American Family site to SHATTER stereotypical thinking of the past.....

1. BUT junior Believes COLORED 'blackSelf' to be an intelligent writer for African AMerican Families?

2. BUT junior Answers NO Questions about his COLORED 'raceBASED' Opinions...…

3. BUT junior USES MOSTLY opinions/history/scholarship...of olde COLORED 'whiteRacists'

------NFL is one of the GREATEST economic activities African American Families generate

------NFL produces strong, hardworking, Achieving African American men and Families

AND

------malcolmX is not-was not the Man who DIED AlHaj AbdulMaleek asShabazz

------blackPanther is a fantasy, cartoon, fairy tale

------African Asian GENIUS is the African Asian Monotheistic Belief of AlIslaam

4. BUT junior DOES not just ATTACK me...personally...BUT he attacks the History, Scholarship and

Science of the Most Recent African Asian GENIUS of African Asian Monotheistic Belief of the Creator

of Adaam(as)

-------this COLORED'whiteRacistOPINION' has been ACTIVE in the African American Family since 1776!

SHATTER --- you Racist, Fake, Fraud News PASTER of COLORED'whiteSupremacy' !

….you like your Eurocentric opinions of old ARE THE SUBJECT of the BIA....GENESIS!

The GREAT Madame María de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien!



Monday, May 28th 2018 at 9:11AM
robert powell
As I've stated on numerous occasions and you Robert Powell validate it every time you post in response to what I write, you are an obnoxious bigoted, non scholarly fanatical Internet troll. Even compassionate yet discerning people recognize you as irritating. I don't block or delete your rambling illogical gibberish and personal attacks because I'm confident discerning people see you for who and what you are, an intellectually shallow troll.
For example Powell just scribbled, " No, NFL is a Majority African American Family HIGH INCOME.....Reality...! ----- PROBABLY the BIGGEST ECONOMIC ENGINE in the African American Family Community..... " The fact is African American NFL players do make a lot of money off of endorsements, playing, personal appearances etc but as individuals and a group they give very little back to the African-American community in the way of economic development, venture capital or support because most do not know how to manage their money and put it in the hands of people who do not have their best interests at heart. http://flcourier.com/2017/07/black-athletes-are-losing-millions-every-year/ Given this reality they cannot be considered an economic engine! They are no different that most African-Americans who squander their funds and who don't invest in or support Black businesses and Black institutions like HBCUs.
If Robert Powell were a serious commentator he would do his homework and point these facts out; but since he is merely a troll he constantly demonstrates he is neither a scholar/researcher nor an effective communicator.

Monday, May 28th 2018 at 11:37AM
Junious Stanton


Is It Time To Boycott The NFL?

SUBJECT

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No, NFL is a Majority African American Family HIGH INCOME.....Reality...!

----- PROBABLY the BIGGEST ECONOMIC ENGINE in the African American Family Community.....

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-----BUT On his Subject with the Opinionated Author..... of my intellect....

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"......The fact is African American NFL players do make a lot of money off of endorsements, playing,

personal appearances etc but as individuals and a group they give very little back to the African-American

community in the way of economic development, venture capital or support because most do not know

how to manage their money and put it in the hands of people who do not have their best interests at heart...."

Monday, May 28th 2018 at 11:37AM
Junious Stanton

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WHOSE FACTS......are you junior using?

…….FACTS LIKE


1. The NFL has 32 teams in the MAJOR USA Cities...….

2. The NFL has a 70% average number of African American players

3. The NFL has a $2.4 Million average wage for the 70% African American players

4. The NFL has an employment of 1,200 African American players ….(38 per city)

5. The NFL has arenas in MOSTLY urban Cities and pays TAXES to city/state.....

6. The NFL has an employment average for each NFL team of 3,739 people..50% tied to Affirmative action

……Mr. Junious Stanton AGAIN......

NFL is a Majority African American Family HIGH INCOME.....Reality...!

----- PROBABLY the BIGGEST ECONOMIC ENGINE in the African American Family Community

YOU, genius scholar/researcher...good writer subject to Trollism,

---- TELL BIA of a BUSINESS that helps urban African American Family Communities MORE?

PS

Not only are you a FAKE NEWS, Fraud; but an INFERIOR intellect and olde jealous 'turkey'





Monday, May 28th 2018 at 4:50PM
robert powell
The NFL is a multi-billion dollar operation that uses tax payer dollars (or tax breaks) to construct their facilities and the NFL also gets paid millions by the Pentagon to allow jets to fly over their stadiums prior to games and have military color guards at the games to promote militarism and war neither of which directly benefit cities or citizens one Iota. https://news.stanford.edu/2015/07/30/stadium-economics-noll-073015/
Other than being able to root and cheer for their team what do the masses get in return for their hard earned tax dollars? How do tax breaks for a handful of billionaires help ordinary working folks? NFL owners get massive tax breaks that they do not pass on to fans. http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/30/news/companies/nfl-taxpayers/index.html
NFL teams also hold cities hostage when they threaten to move their franchises to another city and then they get the cities to give them additional tax break to either stay or they ask the new city for tax breaks to relocate. The fact of the matter is sports franchises do not generate a major impact to local economies. https://www.marketplace.org/2015/03/19/business/are-pro-sports-teams-economic-winners-cities
As far as NFL players being an economic engine, the figures Powell cites even if they are correct do no amount to a major boon, boost or benefit even using the multiplier effect which a dunce like Powell knows nothing about. In some cities like Philadelphia a college or university like Temple or the University of Pennsylvania employ far more people and pay far more taxes than the Philadelphia Eagles.
How much of that average $2.4 million do these Black athletes invest in Black businesses or in Black communities? If the sports teams and stadiums don't generate a major boost to the local economy do you really think a relatively small amount of NFL players(compared to the rest of the population) are generating a major impact on the local economy or Black people in general? The answer lies in the quote I used in the beginning of the blog from Forty Million Dollar Slave a book written by William C. Rhoden. But being intellectually challenged Robert Powell will continue demonstrating his ignorance and make an even bigger fool of himself.
Monday, May 28th 2018 at 6:53PM
Junious Stanton


Is It Time To Boycott The NFL?

SUBJECT

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No, NFL is a Majority African American Family HIGH INCOME.....Reality...!

----- PROBABLY the BIGGEST ECONOMIC ENGINE in the African American Family Community.....

***********************************************

-----BUT On his Subject with the Opinionated Author..... of great intellect....

******************************************

"...... But being intellectually challenged Robert Powell will continue demonstrating his ignorance

and make an even bigger fool of himself...."

Monday, May 28th 2018 at 6:53PM
Junious Stanton

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Sorry smart'ColoredblackGuy' …. I cannot help myself

1. The NFL has 32 teams in the MAJOR USA Cities...….

2. The NFL has a 70% average number of African American players

3. The NFL has a $2.4 Million average wage for the 70% African American players

4. The NFL has an employment of 1,200 African American players ….(38 per city)

5. The NFL has arenas in MOSTLY urban Cities and pays TAXES to city/state.....

6. The NFL has an employment average for each NFL team of 3,739 people..50% tied to Affirmative action

……They spend MOST of their Money with their Urbane, COLORED friends...not on farmland

AND that is GOOD for American Urban Cities and Communities.....



Tuesday, May 29th 2018 at 8:22AM
robert powell
Robert, what part of The NFL is a multi-billion dollar operation that uses tax payer dollars (or tax breaks) to construct their facilities?

Or

Other than being able to root and cheer for their team what do the masses get in return for their hard earned tax dollars?

or

How do tax breaks for a handful of billionaires help ordinary working folks?

You are not talking about none of the topic, WOW!



Tuesday, May 29th 2018 at 12:45PM
Deacon Ron Gray
Do you believe YOUR answer or not Ron?

"The NFL is a American tradition."

Tuesday, May 29th 2018 at 1:24PM
Steve Williams
YES!!! "The NFL is a American tradition."
Tuesday, May 29th 2018 at 4:13PM
Deacon Ron Gray
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