University of Kansas Professor Says NFL’s New Kneeling Policy During National Anthem is Part of ‘Trump Authoritarianism’

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A Professor at the University of Kansas is warning of a “trend of authoritarianism” under Donald Trump because of his dislike of football players protesting the National Anthem.

According to Professor Randal Maurice Jelks writing on the university’s news site,

“There’s nothing sacred about the national anthem because the Constitution has a wall between the sacred and secular work of the state.”

‘An Alarming Trend of Authoritarianism”

In a piece that styles itself as an interview with an “expert” — that is, an “expert in African-American social movements” — the conversation with the Professor continues:

“The pressure that NFL owners have received from the POTUS is bothersome to them, I am sure, but the action they’ve taken to economically penalize players for taking a knee is an alarming trend of authoritarianism. This does not seem in keeping with the Bill of Rights or dissent.”

Professor Jelks is one of those guys who forgets that we’re just talking about athletes being jerks to the men and women that allow them to play safely.

Professor Jelks Writing Two Books

In a bid to exploit the racial healing era of Barack Obama, Jelks is writing two new books to be released on a population that is being oppressed by race-baiters such as himself:

“I am Free to Be What I Want to Be: Faith and Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans” and “My Friends Call Me Benny: The Benjamin Mays Story for Young Readers.”

As well, he is currently executive producing a documentary on Langston Hughes. Generally, an executive producers has almost nothing to do with the actual hands-on work of producing the piece, but is rather the guy who lends his name and his money to the production.

How To Over Analyze Kaepernick

Since he first began his kneeling in August 2016, Kaepernick has found himself on the financial outs by losing his employment in the NFL while also winning awards from the congratulatory left. Professor Jelks finalizes his thoughts:

“What the NFL owners should be most worried about is not player protest but the concussions that players get playing the sport that jeopardizes it more than Colin Kaepernick’s taking a knee on the sideline during the playing of the national anthem.”

If you’re a regular listener of Rush Limbaugh, you’ll have already heard the idea that the concussion argument was simply the first step in banning football. Football, being a masculine, physical sport that rewards raw power and sportsmanship is not something that the left wants to see men enjoying. So, they attack the concussions. And yes, brain injuries are always bad, but people also get concussions from slipping while changing lightbulbs. Football isn’t the be-all, end-all cause.

Last year, a doctor took to the press to say that parents should be charged with a crime for letting their kids play football:

Dr. Bennet Omalu, a neuropathologist and expert in the study of the effects of concussions, recently reacted to the study that found 110 of 111 former NFL players who had their brains donated suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He said that letting children play football is the definition of “child abuse,” and doesn’t believe there is any way to make the sport safer.

More glass children, that’s just what we need.

A few months ago, a teacher’s strike in West Virginia went backwards for reporters after a few days, when bored kids realized that they had the freedom to play sports with their friends for the first time in their lives without parental involvement. No coaches, no referees, just the kids themselves calling their own fouls and learning their own limits without a legion of hovering adults.

“The kids are learning to entertain themselves. Dealing with boredom is crucial to being a patient adult. And working on social skills without parental involvement, especially while playing sports is phenomenal for kids.”

Jelks Speaks with College Media

In an interview with Campus Reform after the interview was published in the University paper, Jelks told the students:

“…the authoritarianism in the Trump administration is reflective in the attitudes surrounding the “sacralization” of the national anthem and the flag.

He also condemned what he described as attempts by league owners to make the flag a “religious item,” noting that “many…are the same age as Mister Trump.”

Sources: Campus Reform, University of Kansas

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