By David L. Black, Ph.D., Founder, 2ndVote
USMC 1966-70, Disabled Veteran
My Grandfather Sorensen served in the Navy in WWI and WWII. My mother and father both served in the Navy in WWII. My father was on a ship sunk during the battle for Okinawa and watched 77 shipmates die serving their country. My wife’s father served as a Seabee in the Pacific in WWII. I served in Vietnam as a Marine 1968-69 at Danang, where the bodies of our fallen patriots lay before being shipped home. Our son served in Operation Desert Storm in the Navy. We are proud of our country, our flag, our national anthem and to be a citizen of the United States of America, the greatest country in the world.
This past Sunday the National Football League decided to institutionalize a false narrative that the United States is oppressive and racist. Incorporating disrespect for our national anthem, our flag, our military and our law enforcement into their opening ceremonies is an action our family cannot support. Every patriot who serves or falls protecting this nation, whether military or first responder, should be honored. To each who serve we owe more than we can repay. Repayment for their service and sacrifice should not embrace ridicule, derision and demeaning as displayed by the NFL. Although a few may dishonor their comrades there is no justification in condemning the majority who serve honorably or the community and nation they represent.
Shame on the NFL for taking this step too far. Shame on the owners who joined this display of gross disrespect. Shame on Roger Goodell for allowing this disrespect. And how hypocritical that for years the NFL has pandered to those who attend their games by providing what is now evidently a false salute to our military and law enforcement.
Our family has decided that our country is worth far more than the NFL. Our country was not made free and great by millionaire football players who enjoy all the benefits of liberty and yet sacrifice nothing to purchase freedom. The sacrifice is paid by those who wear the uniform of the military or the blue of law enforcement. The NFL has degraded into an arrogant and spoiled fraternity showing contempt to those they should humbly thank.
We will not attend another Tennessee Titans football game, although we own four club seats. We will not renew our tickets for next year or thereafter. We will not be buying anymore overpriced bottles of water or hamburgers at Nissan Stadium. We are disconnecting our NFL and ESPN cable package. We will not be watching NFL games on network television. The money we save we plan to donate to our local law enforcement organizations for needed equipment and to support the families of the fallen or those in need. These monies will be added to those already donated by our family to law enforcement and military programs we support.
Our liberty is purchased and protected every day by sacrifice and blood. Football is just a silly game that does nothing to protect our nation or neighborhood. The choice of who to support is easy. I hope you see it that way too.
David L. Black, Ph.D., is the founder and Chairman of 2ndVote, the conservative watchdog for corporate activism. Dr. Black served in combat with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam (1968-69).