Why Do Americans Love Football? - Security Boulevard

SBN Why Do Americans Love Football?

Early in my political science studies at Macalester college I remember vividly my professor arguing America promotes football because it legitimizes displacing human rights by celebrating machine-like boxes of industrialized (minimal judgment/power) behaviors.

Instead of continuous movement of humans free to learn and achieve within an open market of opportunity, it’s locked up with short measured “plays” written by a bureaucracy of “programmers” serving the “owners”.

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The best people can ever achieve leaves them treated like owned and controlled assets in a dystopia.

If this sounds like slavery to you, then you won’t be surprised to hear this comparison:

As the white owners later start lashing at the Black players with whips, Kaepernick then draws a comparison between the abuse suffered by slaves to the NFL Scouting Combine – a week-long showcase that determines which prospects are drafted into the league.

Of course this is going to outrage the whites who control the sport. Nobody likes being called out for slavery practices. Just look at how boxing is described without using the term slavery at all:

“Boxing is for poor people who don’t have any other alternative to make their way in life,” Pacquiao and Ali’s promoter Bob Arum said. “We can’t get white middle-class kids into boxing. Let’s be honest: No parent in their right mind is going to let them come to a gym. I wouldn’t let my kid go into boxing.”

The golden age of boxing is considered to have lasted from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. The end of this great era was marked by the Civil Rights Movement.

In the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans were awarded more rights, and chose to enter safer professions, completely destroying what used to be the major source of excellent fighters across the United States and beyond.

When the death toll of fighters rose and new discoveries about the trauma that arose from many devastating blows to the head, poor African American kids trying to escape poverty and create a name for themselves from fighting realized that there were a better alternative in other a number of more mainstream sports such as basketball and football.

What do baseball and football have in common?

Highly regimented systems of brief “plays” and almost no flow at all.

They are measured precisely and controlled by industrial-like boxes of authority where players get treated like owned assets — machines doing as they are programmed and nothing more.

Better than boxing? Football isn’t looking great, and hardly any real escape from the lack of choices that led to boxing.

High-profile NFL players have gone on record saying they don’t want their children playing at all because of the concussion risk.

Naturally, just like with the history of American slavery, some people try to make it seem like there’s some kind of choice where none actually exists.

The history of the Missouri Compromise and Kansas-Nebraska Act should quickly dispel any notion of what a “choice” really means in America.

Also note that slaves in America were sometimes paid, and even made good money. In one case documented in Pennsylvania the slaveowner created a competitive system whereby his slave producing most output over a short period would be awarded a prize.

Sound familiar? Like boxing, it was competition meant to force slaves to compete to the point of harming themselves and each other. What was their actual choice in that tree of decisions?

The point of condemning slavery wasn’t whether or not someone received rewards within a death camp before they expired, but whether they had actual freedom and liberty stemming from human rights.

Real choice?

Kaepernick is exactly right in his comparison. And the backlash he sees is little more than a repeat of American history.

It’s no wonder Texas football uses “remember the Alamo” chants to this day, as if they can still get away with saying they want to keep slavery alive and nobody will complain.

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from flyingpenguin authored by Davi Ottenheimer. Read the original post at: https://www.flyingpenguin.com/?p=36426