I’m not Austin, but he’s asking you. :-)
And I agree with him. “Racial Injustice” is so fracking vague I don’t know what to do with it. We passed a load of laws in the 60’s that basically outlawed racial injustice. You can’t refuse to transact business because of race. You can’t impede voting because of race. You can’t restrict access to education or a job because of race.
Did we leave something out?
If I’m not mistaken, Kaep’s “protest” (and yes, I use the quotes because I don’t really see it as a real protest) had to do with the perception that the police are harrassing/assaulting/killing young black men at an accelerated rate. I’ve seen statistics that both confirm and refute that idea, but for the moment, let’s assume that it’s true. Kaep certainly thinks it is, after all.
It’s already against the law to profile racially. So, even if the cops are still profiling racially, what can be done? Pass another law that says “I really really mean it this time, don’t profile racially!” That won’t do anything, obviously. And in any individual case, as we’ve seen in the courts, all the cop has to do is create in the mind of a jury the possibility that they felt as if they were in danger to justify the use of their sidearm. You can’t pass a law that addresses THAT, either.
Here’s my take. The remnants of racial injustice that still exist in our society exist in the hearts of men. The law can’t change the hearts of men. What changes the hearts of men is that old attitudes die out, new attitudes are created in new people, and the creation of those attitudes occurs when sick, old stereotypes are refuted by virtuous behavior, like this:
Deshaun Watson donates game check to Harvey victims at stadium
HOUSTON -- Houston Texans rookie Deshaun Watson donated his first NFL game check to three NRG stadium employees who…
(Good on you, Deshaun. And good move. Now the cafeteria ladies will always be saving an extra piece of chocolate cake for you.)
When you’ve reached the point where no new laws can address racial issues, and all that’s left is the heart, then things like kneeling during the anthem are….silly at best. It’s counterproductive, reinforcing the sick old stereotypes and slowing progress to the new which replaces the old, racist ones.
The NBA, in my view, hit the nail on the head, when they announced today that they aren’t going to put up with this shit:
NBA sends memo reminding teams of rule that requires players to stand for anthem
The NBA issued a memo to teams late Friday reminding teams of the rule that requires players and coaches to stand for…
The NBA basically said “you can use our platform for social messages if you wish — and made suggestions on how to do that effectively — but NOT during the Anthem.