The quarterback said "I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country." And then he tried to apologize. And only made it worse.
Drew Brees, a man who makes literally millions of dollars for throwing a ball, has come under fire for insensitive comments he made about NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality.
"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country," Brees said in the interview with Yahoo Finance. He clarified that this was in part because he envisioned his grandfathers, who fought in World War II, during the National Anthem. He continued, saying, "And is everything right with our country right now? No. It's not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together. We can all do better. And that we are all part of the solution."
This isn't the first time Brees made it clear that he cares more for the idea of a make-believe unified America than he does for actual human lives. In 2016, he criticized Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the anthem, saying it was "disrespectful to the American flag" and "an oxymoron" because the flag gave critics the right to speak out in the first place.
Colin Kaepernick kneeling in protest of racist police brutality
Of course, the flag's alleged ideals have been proven to only be applicable to wealthy, white men—men like Brees. Sure, his grandfathers did a noble thing when they fought under the US flag during WWII, and no one, including Kaepernick, has ever said that sacrifice isn't worth respecting. Thanks to the sacrifices of many people (including the enslaved Black backs upon which this country was built, including the scores of routinely abused Black soldiers who fought for American lives), America has offered opportunity and peace for many, many people. In particular, Ole' Glory has been very kind to men like Brees: rich, white men who still control the majority of the power and the wealth in the United States.
But what about the rest of us, Drew? What about George Floyd whose neck was crushed by a police officer who kneeled on him so casually that he didn't even take his hand out of his pocket? What about Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot for the crime of being Black and going for a jog? What about Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was murdered by police in her home in the middle of the night for a crime that had nothing to do with her? What about Tony McDade, Drew–have you heard his name? Have you heard about the 38-year-old Black trans man who was gunned down in Florida last week? Do you understand why these people's family's may harbor just a bit of disrespect for your precious flag?
Is it possible for you to realize, Drew, that your wish for "unity" is not a wish for progress, but a wish to maintain the status quo? When you call for unity under the American flag, you're talking about your flag, the flag that represents a long, sordid history of racial oppression and violence. There is no unity where there is no justice. When you say that "we are all in this together," what you're saying is that we all have roles to play in the version of society that has served you so well. For your part, you'll be a rich, white man, and for Black people's part, they'll continue to be victims of state-sanctioned murders– but hopefully more quietly, hopefully in a manner that doesn't make you uncomfortable?
When you say, "We can all do better. And that we are all part of the solution," what you mean to say is that POC and their allies are at fault. Sure, you probably agree that Derek Chauvin took it a bit too far, and you probably feel a little self-conscious that he's brought all this "Black rights" stuff up again. But when you say "all," you place blame on the victims who are dying under a broken system. And what, exactly, do you expect POC to do differently, Drew? Ahmaud Arbery was just out jogging, and still he died. George Floyd was just trying to pay a cashier, and still he died. POC and their allies try to peacefully protest by marching in the streets or taking a knee at a football game, and still white people condemn and criticize. Still the police shoot.
After much criticism, Brees did attempt an apology on Instagram, where he posted a hilariously corny stock photo of a Black and white hand clasped together. His caption, though possibly well-intentioned, made it even clearer that his understanding of the movement for Black lives is thoroughly lacking.
Highlights of the "apology" include his immediate attempt to exonerate himself from culpability, claiming that his words were misconstrued, saying of his previous statement: "Those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character." Unfortunately, Drew, white people like you are the "enemy," as you put it, because by default you are at the very least part of the problem. No one is accusing you of being an overt racist, Drew; no one thinks you actively and consciously detest Black people. But your lack of empathy, your apathy, and your unwillingness to unlearn your own biases are precisely what has persisted in the hearts and minds of well-meaning white Americans for centuries.
Next, you say, "I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the Black community in this movement." No, Drew. Just no. Black people don't need white people's savior complexes to interfere in their organizing; what they need is for us to shut up and listen. What they need is for us to get our knees off of their necks.
Finally, you say, "I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy." This, Drew, is suspiciously similar to saying, "But I'm one of the good whites!" The fact of the matter is that feeling the need to prove your allyship is not about helping a movement; it's about feeding your own ego. Not only that, but your emphasis on "ALWAYS" does a pretty good job of making it clear that you don't think you have a racist bone in your body and that you have taken great offense at any accusations to the contrary. I have some news for you, Drew: Every white person is racist. Sure, the levels vary, and while you may not be actively and consciously discriminating against POC, you have been brought up in a racist system, and your implicit biases are as strong as any other white person's. Your job now is to unlearn those biases and confront those subtle prejudices in yourself and in other white people. Maybe the first step in doing so is just shutting your f*cking mouth about kneeling at football games. Maybe you should even consider taking a knee yourself.
For other non-BIPOC trying to be better allies, check out one of these 68+ anti-racism resources.
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If you're like many people (at least those with a Nintendo Switch) "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" has pretty much replaced your real life.
Between the ability to terraform your island and visit friends, there is no question this is the best Animal Crossing game yet. But to make the most of your new tropical home, you need Bells (the form of currency in Animal Crossing) and lots of them. As your island grows, items worth having become more and more expensive, and various improvements—including house expansions—begin to cost thousands of bells. While you're sure to know all the obvious ways to make bells (selling fruit, fish, and bugs), there are some quick and easy ways to make a lot of bells at once that you may not know about.
Buy and Sell Turnips<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzE2MjA5MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NTQ5NDU1NX0.Hk0B0PHraLne7R1suFrZI-pbmhPgG35qFpS3IwkWhOw/img.jpg?width=980" id="0e93b" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="66735f71e13cb2c899132b98d6d2dfd3" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="turnips animal crossing" /><p>If you aren't already dabbling in the stalk market (Get it? Stalk? Like a turnip?) then you're missing out on a major part of your AC income. You can buy turnips every Sunday from a funny looking little pig named Daisy-Mae. The price varies, but you buy them in bundles of 10. Daisy Mae will arrive on your island every Sunday morning between 5AM - 12PM (midday). You then have until the next Sunday to sell your turnips to the Nook twins. The price they'll buy the turnips for varies by the day, so make sure you keep checking each day to try to get the best price. Always note down how much you bought your turnips for to make sure you don't sell them at a loss. The key to the turnip trade is making lots of friends on your Nintendo account. That way, you can check with them about their turnip prices, and if they happen to have great prices one day, you can go to their island and take advantage. But don't wait too long; those turnips will rot by Sunday! </p>
Check the "Hot Item" in the Shop<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzE2MjA4Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxOTUzNTEyMX0.VK164c60xaljPnplVQ-OIWMUJ6nn6k5dJ0Je2IUKfdA/img.jpg?width=980" id="26798" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ed74922418eee475ac53a933dab32f07" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="hot item animal crossing" /><p>Every day, Timmy and Tommy will let you know what item they're buying for double the usual price. This item is known as the "hot item," and depending what it is, it can be a great way to use your spare raw materials to make bells. For example, if the hot item can be crafted using just a bit of wood and clay, then you can make the item for essentially no cost, and then sell it off for a big profit. You can do this as many times as you like within the day, too. </p>
Shake All the Trees<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzE2MjA4NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5MjU2MjE0NX0.Dc2QyPwKKle4pukiAnaeuyTkn6JMu0GILrCHILv4sZo/img.jpg?width=980" id="2162e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="28e0dbae66ec34e43c99cea1aab9cc8f" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="shaking trees animal crossing" /><p>A great way to start your gameplay every morning is by shaking every tree on your island. This may sound like a lot of work, but it becomes soothing after a while, and it's always exciting when you find the pieces of furniture and wasp nests hidden in the trees. Every day, there should be 3 new pieces of furniture hidden in the trees around the island, and at least 3 wasp nests. Selling these treasures is a quick and easy way to make money fast. </p>
Plant Orchards<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzE2MjA2OS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMjA4MTYwNn0.TXCc11Fgqtjxwuq4wLLedoRL8mg_5IoZLzKpqd69Uis/img.png?width=980" id="2a8f0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ad3f1e85147285c9a32c26965fd927a5" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="orchard animal crossing" /><p>Obviously, your island came with one type of fruit tree. Through visits to other islands it's possible to acquire all the other kinds of fruits (apples, pears, peaches, cherries, coconuts) and plant trees that yield these crops regularly. Foreign fruits will fetch a much higher price than your local fruit, so planting a large number of foreign fruit trees is a simple and sustainable cash cow. </p>
Purchase Bell Vouchers with Your Nook Miles<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzE2MjA2Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNjI0NjcwNX0.RXoS1LJMA-V2-32YNYRAekqG8qHvD2LGq5hVS8opyJM/img.jpg?width=980" id="9fa9a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="5a9d83ec007bc50b0f84b4af11936f64" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="bell vouchers animal crossing" /><p>This can be done by visiting Tom Nook. Got a ton of Nook Miles and not enough bells? You can actually purchase bell Vouchers with your Nook Miles. For 500 Nook Miles each, one of these vouchers will give you 3000 Bells. </p>
Visit "Tarantula Island"<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1c4a725dc9e6b5799b202896fba7f878"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1YwdfZGoIjQ?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Formally, there is no tarantula island, but in-the-know gamers tend to call a certain mystery island by this intimidating name. As you can probably surmise, it's filled with tarantulas, which happen to be one of the rarest insects in the game, each one selling for 8,000 Bells. You can find this island by purchasing a ticket and going to the airport. There's no guarantee that the random island generated will have tarantulas, but on rare occasions the center of the mystery island you land on will be full of tarantulas. A single trip can earn you up to 250,000 bells. </p>
Find the Money Rock<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzE2MTk4MS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1MDY0MTMyOX0.mhpquqTa1u8V_LZYaP9JuSldq_9Zkr2DrHxwKqLeCKA/img.png?width=980" id="2498d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="450a10d21f76d96910ac4a6d91a55867" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="money rock animal crossing" /><p>Every day there will be one rock on your island that will dispense money when you hit it. It's as simple as that! </p>
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