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How long before some race baiting moron calls Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill an Uncle Tom?

Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill

In a passionate column published this week in conservative media, Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill pleaded with the NFL’s players to stop kneeling during the national anthem to protest police shootings and start taking a “stand” against black-on-black violence.

“While it is true that each year a number of blacks die as a result of being shot or otherwise killed by the police, that number is but a fraction of the number of black people murdered by black people,” he wrote in an op-ed for The Daily Caller.

“We live in a nation where blacks make up approximately 13 percent of the population and yet account for more than half of the murders,” he added. “Shockingly, 90 percent of those victims are murdered by other blacks. Something is terribly wrong.”

Just a couple weeks ago, Chicago suffered its 500th homicide for this year alone when Dashawn Townes, a 34-year-old father of two teens, was gunned down outside his home.

“I don’t like the way it is now,” his stepmother, Cheryl Hardy, said to the Chicago Tribune at the time. “You can’t sit on your porch for five minutes without (gunfire).”

Yet the NFL has been sickeningly silent in the face of all this violence, choosing instead to focus its efforts on the few times blacks were killed by the police — and this despite the fact most of those shootings were justified, as noted by Hill, a Republican who also happens to be black.

 

“(C)ontrary to the tone of many protests concerning police shootings, not every police shooting is unjust,” he wrote. “In fact, the overwhelming majority are proven to be a reasonable use of force often connected with violent criminal behavior. Yet none of the 6,000 murders of young black people was justifiable. None. Every single death was preventable.”

But again, the NFL has said nothing about these deaths. It’s almost as if “black lives actually don’t matter to the NFL,” as argued last month by Daniel Horowitz in a piece for Conservative Review.

Dovetailing back to Hill, he rightly pointed out that NFL franchises and athletes have an incredible platform from which they could “magnify the urgency of this tragic loss of life.”

“Their actions on the field and off can unite them as men of influence who stand for justice,” he wrote. “Rather than kneeling in silence, they should choose to stand as men of character and courage and tackle black-on-black violence.”

That’s a great point, but will anyone in the NFL actually accept Hill’s challenge? I sincerely doubt it. Especially unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who — despite appearances otherwise — cares so little about his own community and his country that he didn’t even vote in last year’s election.

“This tragedy deserves the attention of every American,” Hill concluded. “NFL players may be just the right men to start this protest and stand up against black-on-black violence and give voice to a movement whose time has come in order to save the lives of young black men.”

He’s right, and I hope someone — anyone — in the NFL heeds his message.

 

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