February 27, 2022 was senior day at the University of Connecticut. In honor of their senior Dorka Juhász, who is from Hungary, the national anthem of Hungary was played prior to the playing of the United States national anthem. The players were all on the court. That’s class.
The South Carolina women’s basketball team plays UConn today for the National Championship. I am a UConn fan but regardless of who was playing South Carolina, I’d want UNSC to lose. Led by its coach Dawn Staley, the UNSC women’s team hates the United States of America and refuse to stand or even be present for the US national anthem. In an interview Staley said:
I was in my office when I saw what was happening and taking place at the U.S. Capitol.
To hear everything that’s coming out of what took place last Wednesday is truly disheartening. It really is. It’s disheartening because it didn’t just happen spontaneously. No. It was planned, and it was executed perfectly in their eyes. Perfectly. Their actions have left us with a big dark cloud over our democracy, and I don’t know if we’ll ever be the same. That’s a blemish in our American history.
The majority of our players has sat during the playing of the national anthem every game this season – a decision made by our players to bring awareness to racial injustice in our country. If opposing teams choose to play the anthem during the time we’re in the locker room, then we choose to stay in the locker room.
Read that again. From this quote you can see clearly that Staley conflates Jan 6 with the George Floyd’s killing. Jan 6 was not racially motivated and multiple races participated. Staley’s diatribe descends quickly into meaninglessness
That is her why, and until we’re able to come to the table with tangible things that change the way that people are treated – people of color, Black people, minorities – how they’re treated in this world, in our country, then I think our players will be open to that. Until that happens, they stand strong in their protest.
Staley says that they’re refusing to be present for the US national anthem because of how the world treats minorities. It’s grandly egotistic to think that anyone really gives a damn what a bunch of spoiled kids think. This is such a terrible country- a country that treats minorities so badly that out of 12 members of the UNSC team, 10 are black and so is the coach. I’ll bet that every single one of the team members is on scholarship. It’s such a terrible country that Staley signed a seven-year contract worth $22.4 million.
It must be nice to indulge themselves in the luxury of this fabulous narcissism. Their current position is a product of the best of this country, not the worst, and they should be grateful for what life has given them.
Three other men died in the same manner as George Floyd- two were white and one Hispanic. Again, I would bet big money that neither Staley nor her team could name a single one of them. I can name them all. None of this team gave a damn about those three deaths and neither did most people. Their lives didn’t matter.
Staley and her team are emblematic of everything wrong in this country. They can sit there in their exalted situations and pontificate about what’s wrong with the country instead of what’s right. And they are enjoying the fruits of what’s right in this country, as are all of the young twits in colleges majoring in fascism and minoring in hate of country and I can tell you exactly why.
There really is no such thing as need. Today, there is only want.
My parents grew up in the depression. They had almost nothing except for needs. Along with millions of Americans they worked their way through this. My father became a combat vet in WWII and was the first one in his family to go to college. He provided the best he could for his family. He reduced our needs. It was a comfortable life. My siblings and I took that lesson and worked our backsides off for what we have, realizing that you are entitled to nothing more than what you work for. I caddied from the age of 10 to 16 and the day I turned 16 I obtained my driver’s license and went to work at a highway gas station where, over a period of eight years I worked 21 of 24 Thanksgivings, Christmases and New Year’s Days. I did not expect my children to necessarily do the same, but to give their parents the best they could in school. They did, and they appreciate what they have now.
The greatest generation knew one thing better than we ever will- and that is need. Each generation since has done its best to continue to improve the lot of their children. Today schools don’t teach STEM, they shove social issues down the throats of kids as if that would do a damned thing to help them navigate life successfully. There is no appreciation for what has come before nor appreciation for what they have.
The UNSC team worlds end pretty much at mirrors and microphones. If Staley and her team really want to make a point, then let them sit out the game in protest. Let them make a real sacrifice- something none of them has really ever likely done. That would be impressive. Or take that team and play is a better country. It’s curious that, given how bad all these whiners claim the US is, that people from all over world are violating our borders to be here.
Morgan Freeman nailed it when he said the best way to end racism is stop talking about it. We need to focus on the things that we have in common and not the things that make us different. Children need to understand that everything they have is the culmination of the evolution of the United States of America. Is it perfect? No, but if you think there is a better one, go there. Otherwise, shut up and play.
That is how a serious protest works. What the ingrate Staley and her ingrate team don’t understand is that they are making things worse and not better, yet they congratulate themselves on their self-perceived nobility. You have no needs. All you have are wants. Show a little gratitude for what you have. It’s a bill you can never repay.