Oh, so now they’re just like slaves

Anybody else notice that words just do not have any meaning anymore?

It used to be understood that slaves were people forced into servitude and treated as chattel.

And for those who don’t know, “chattel” is “moveable personal property.”

In other words, slaves were human beings owned by other human beings as property.

But not anymore.

Now slaves are extremely wealthy athletes who don’t like it when employers demand certain behavior from them.

If that’s what slavery is, than everyone who has an employer is a slave.

As I said several weeks ago, Nat Turner didn’t have a multi-million dollar contract to pick cotton. He was owned by another person who treated him as chattel.

Yesterday evening CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted out this quote from Seattle football player Michael Bennett.

Yeah.

So football players are just like slaves.

Honestly, this is the most absurd statement I have ever seen.

And the fact that Jake Tapper tweeted this out without even a hint of incredulity is mystifying.

Now, either Bennett is an uneducated idiot or he thinks everybody else is an uneducated idiot.

Dred Scott was a slave owned by an Army surgeon who traveled with him to states and territories where slaves had been emancipated.

So after his owner died, Scott sued for his freedom citing that he had lived for years in emancipated states.

But the Supreme Court ruled against him. Their ruling stated simply that because he was not a citizen, but property, he didn’t have standing to sue.

It is probably one of the most despicable Supreme Court decisions ever. (And one of the reasons many of us do not believe the Supreme Court should be treated as the final word on our Constitutional rights.)

Now, tell me, Michael.

What part of Dred Scott’s life mirrors your own?

Are you owned by an NFL team or do you simply have a contract to play in exchange for monetary compensation?

Are you not considered a citizen of the United States?

What about Jerry Jones’ decision to bench any player who does not stand for the National Anthem reminds you of Dred Scott?

Other than they both occurred in the United States, I can’t find anything.

Dred Scott was not a contracted employee who was paid millions of dollars.

He was a slave who was paid nothing because he wasn’t seen as an employee, but as property.

So unless you’re claiming that NFL players are uncompensated chattel, what the hell is your point?

Since slavery by definition is forced servitude where people are treated like property, how on earth can somebody who is richly compensated for his work be a slave?

Michael Bennett received a free ride to go to college. Slaves, on the other hand, were not permitted to even learn to read or write.

And despite his being given a chance to attend university, Michael Bennett is deeply ignorant of history and facts. It isn’t because he wasn’t permitted to be educated, but because he chose not to be.

Slaves weren’t given that choice at all.

If anything, the fact that Bennett can get away with saying something so horribly stupid is more of an indictment of our public education system than anything else.

Because words no longer have meaning.

Historical context is non-existent.

And honest debate is impossible.

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9 thoughts on “Oh, so now they’re just like slaves

  • October 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm
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    HONEST DEBATE went out the window decades ago.

  • October 19, 2017 at 12:32 pm
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    The NFL needs to DIE and remove it’s racist filth from the American scene.

    • October 19, 2017 at 1:17 pm
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      A-BLOODY-MEN!!!

  • October 19, 2017 at 1:17 pm
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    I am all for rounding them all up and airdropping them in another country. Venezuela perhaps?

    I am sick of their attitude.

  • October 19, 2017 at 2:16 pm
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    How difficult life must be for all those family members who have husbands/sons in the NFL riddled with the symptoms of Colin cancer. One can only imagine how much more pain and anguish there will be in their lives given the uncertainty of present-day Colin cancer treatments.

  • October 19, 2017 at 4:19 pm
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    I’m amazed that people like Michael Bennett can see slavery in a football player being benched, but are blind to the slavery of blacks who vote Democrat and are put on welfare, not educated, put in public housing, incented not to get married, to have children out of wedlock, and to look to the Democrat party for more “freebies” in exchange for their votes. Which one more closely resembles slavery and oppression?

    • October 19, 2017 at 7:03 pm
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      Amen!

  • October 20, 2017 at 7:25 pm
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    I have a dream–that all these privileged boy-men are standing on street corners with signs that say “will catch footballs for food”.

  • October 20, 2017 at 11:16 pm
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    Unbelievable. Two years ago, Rush was predicting the Left worming its way into the NFL and here we are.

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