9/29/16

All-American Patriotic Death Threats

The Beaumont Bulls have decided to join the Kaepernick Kaper:

The Fight of Their Lives

On September 10, the Beaumont Bulls senior team, comprised of 11- and 12-year-old middle schoolers here in Beaumont, the oil town just east of Houston, sprinted onto the field. Emerging out of a cloud of smoke spewing from a giant inflatable helmet emblazoned with the Bulls logo, the team prepared to play football—a time-honored Texas tradition. But first, an even older custom: the national anthem.

After huddling with their coaches, the boys gathered in an arrow-straight single-file line. And as Beyonce’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” readied to blare from the speakers at Beaumont’s Ozen High School, they got down on one knee.

And the coaches knelt with them.

They didn’t know what would come of the protest. They didn’t know their head coach would be suspended for the rest of the season two weeks later. One player thought there “was gonna be some hating,” but that was about it.

What they have been getting from the  flag-waving, red-blooded TrueAmerican™ super-patriots is death threats.

Yep.

Death threats. Against middle schoolers.

Is this a great country, or what. Where all Americans have the God-given right to speak their minds, and participate in reasoned debate.

Yep.