Amy Schumer has taken a shot at white NFL players for standing during the National Anthem. We are unsure what she thinks about black players who follow suit as she doesn’t address them.
Schumer on Friday questioned whether or not white players in the NFL who don’t kneel with their black teammates are “complicit” in the “endless racism people of color face in our country.”
The “Trainwreck” star went on to propose that more white players should stand up for their “brothers and sisters of color” by taking a knee, Fox News reported.
However, she doesn’t address black players who’ve appropriately chosen to stand. Perhaps she’s giving them a free pass?
“I wonder why more white players aren’t kneeling,” she wrote. “Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit?”
The 37-year-old comedian, who was recently arrested during the Kavanaugh protests, backed the NFL’s anthem kneelers in an Instagram post, writing that she would avoid being in any Super Bowl ad in hopes to “really hurt [the NFL].”
Schumer’s words have proven she’s another feckless Hollywood personality who lacks facts when speaking out against law enforcement.
Jeffrey Higgins authored a phenomenal piece for Law Enforcement Today titled, “End the Myth.” He disclosed truths that are ignored by the Schumer’s of the world. The following excerpt was taken from his 2017 article:
The Washington Post’s police shootings database has more comprehensive statistics than the numbers reported by the FBI. According to the 2016 database, police used deadly force to kill 963 people. Of those killed, 465 were white, 233 were black, 160 were Hispanic, 42 were other races, and the race of 63 victims was unknown. Over 95 percent of those killed were men.
Out of the 233 blacks killed by police, 175 possessed a weapon, 13 had a toy weapon, and 15 were in vehicles, which can be used as weapons. Only 17 of the black men killed by police were confirmed to be unarmed, according to the database. Being unarmed does not make a shooting unjustified, but these are usually the most controversial shootings.
The 2016 statistics on police shootings were not radically different from the previous year, though the 2015 numbers were higher. In 2015, police shot and killed 991 people and there was an attack in progress in at least 730 of those cases. Blacks comprised 258 out of the people killed and 38 of them were confirmed to be unarmed.
Now, put these numbers into context. According to the US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were 750,340 sworn law enforcement officers in the United States, as of 2012. The 17 unarmed black men killed by police in 2016 give us a ratio of 44,137 officers for every one unarmed black person shot by police.
In 2015, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting, there were an estimated 10,797,088 arrests made by police in the United States. Assuming the 2016 numbers are similar, that’s one shooting of an unarmed black person out of every 635,122 arrests.
In 2011, according to a survey by the FBI’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, approximately 22.8% of the population had one or more face-to-face contacts with police. As of July 2016, there were approximately 323,148,587 people in the United States, of which approximately 13.3 percent, or 42,978,762, were black. If the rate of black interactions with the police is at least equal to the population average, approximately 9,799,157 blacks had contact with police. That’s one unarmed black killed by police out of every 576,421 contacts between police and blacks.
The 2015 and 2016 statistics on police shootings show a very small number of unarmed blacks shot and killed by police compared to the size of the population, the number of police, the number of arrests, and the amount of contacts between the public and the police. Despite what is portrayed in the media and repeated by politicians, there is no epidemic. …
However, while all deaths are serious, the statistics clearly show that police are not murdering unarmed blacks in large numbers. Furthermore, racism is not a proven motivation for disproportionate outcomes.
“Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them,” Schumer wrote while voicing support for Colin Kaepernick. “I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living?”
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Friday thought. I wonder why more white players aren’t kneeling. Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit? I think it would be cool if @maroon5 backed out of super bowl like @badgalriri Did. I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all i got. Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them. I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? Stand up for your brothers and sisters of color. And the hottest thing a guy can do is get down on one knee. Not to propose but to reject the treatment of his teammates by this country. Anyone who says its disrespectful to our military please read up on the fact that a lot of veterans are proud of what @kaepernick7 is doing and fully support him. What are your thoughts?
Schumer also suggested that it would be “cool” if Maroon 5, the band reportedly set to headline the half-time show, pull out like Rihanna reportedly had done earlier this week.
Colin Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, began kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games during the 2016 season to call attention to his perception of social injustice and racial inequality.
Consequently, it’s since sparked a national discussion about patriotism and has drawn the ire of President Trump and Vice President Pence.
More recently, Kaepernick sparked controversy after he kicked off his “Just Do It” campaign with Nike. The company released an ad featuring Kaepernick’s face with the quote, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Although Nike sales have reportedly increased due to the ad campaign, many law enforcement officers have cut ties with the sports icon, including the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
What are your thoughts regarding Schumer’s comments? Have you grown weary of reading Kaepernick’s name in the news?
– LET Staff