By: Deplorable Andrew Allen
The Philadelphia Eagles have decided to engage in “social justice”. Wonderful. No doubt it will involve the national anthem and a deliberate lack of reverence when it is performed at their games. The NFL these days you see, is less about football and more about preening. They should rebrand as the Nitwits Foolhardily Losing the public’s interest and support.
If the Eagles actually wanted to engage in social justice, why didn’t they get together, pool their considerable wealth and then operate a charity or a foundation to alleviate conditions in Philadelphia’s roughest neighborhoods? Like so many hard hit American cities, Philadelphia has been a one-party town for generations – the last Republican mayor (Bernard Samuel) left office almost 65 years ago on January 7, 1952; in the city’s 2015 mayoral election the Republican candidate attained only 13.2% of the vote. Today there are areas of Philadelphia more deadly than Mogadishu. If the Eagles wanted to focus on this particular social injustice, nothing’s stopping them.
Perhaps I’d be more sympathetic towards the Philadelphia Eagles sudden embrace of social justice if it were targeted towards some of the city’s other social injustices. Schools that don’t teach children for example. Or chronic unemployment supported by one of the most regressive taxation schemes found anywhere in the United States – the city is one of a few that actually have a municipal income tax and on top of that the city recently adopted a sin tax on soda. If the Eagles wanted to protest any one of these things, they certainly could.
The Philadelphia Eagles could bring considerable resources to bear in addressing all sorts of social injustices that plague their city. Add up all the salaries raked in by Eagles players this year and the total is right around $161,806,000; equal to roughly 4% of Philadelphia’s $4.2 billion city budget. If every Philadelphia Eagles player donated half his salary towards any given, allegedly underfunded city office, maybe that would help alleviate some of the city’s social injustice. Since the Philadelphia Eagles don’t actually believe in addressing real social injustice, they won’t put their money where their mouth is any more than six and a half decades of Democratic leadership in city hall has lifted a finger to fix Philadelphia’s social ills.
That’s because of an even greater social injustice. Today’s NFL – and indeed a lot of professional sports – is all about liberal activism. Disagree? Watch one of ESPN’s many commentary shows and take note of all the subtle and the sometimes not so subtle progressive talking points delivered. They even run special programs premised entirely on washed up players and their chip-on-shoulder sob story that inevitably concludes with pleas for more federal regulation of sports to protect players from their own poor life choices.
Which brings up the greatest social injustice of all – the Philadelphia Eagles players themselves. That these people who collectively earn a nine figure salary while enjoying the fame and privilege that go along with it complain about America as though it were Myanmar is ridiculous. It’s even more absurd when all the perks that got them into the NFL in the first place are considered.
Yes, I know, supposedly poor kids are hustled off to college and indentured to play sports as their only way out of terrible places like Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods. And yes, I’ve seen those commentary shows and specials that pretend college football is modern slavery and suggest that those poor college football kids deserve a paycheck for playing the game.
Never mind that virtually every single NFL player attended college on someone else’s dime after choosing to play football for their college team. In exchange for doing so, they attained a degree with zero student loan debt. While they were attending college, they got to eat in a dining facility reserved specifically for them that served higher quality food in greater quantities than what any other student on campus was offered. Some of them lived in dorms specifically designed to accommodate their “special needs”, whatever those special needs might be. Can’t forget the gyms and workout facilities every one of them had access to – at the college level they were allowed to use world-class exercise facilities complete with certified physical trainers while every other student on campus had to make do. And oh, by the way, they didn’t have to hold down a job like many students did.
The Philadelphia Eagles, in other words, are among the most privileged members of society, yet they have the nerve to pretend otherwise in the name of chip-on-shoulder preening. That’s the most egregious social injustice of all.
Protest it by boycotting the NFL until these pompous players knock the chip off their shoulder and get back to doing what they are paid to do – play football.
Image: By Mr.schultz – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30008814