NFL Will NOT Demand Players Stand For National Anthem

This is only news for those who have not followed the legal talk over the past few days.  What I like shaping up over this matter is a way to raise awareness of why some players take a knee during the national anthem.  After all, why should black players provide so much playing time for white people and not have their message better heard and understood?

“The NFL said it has no plans to mandate players stand for the U.S. national anthem, but will rather present a possible solution on how to end the controversial protests when it meets with team owners next week,” Reuters reports.

Said spokesman Joe Lockhart: “Commissioner Roger Goodell has a plan that he is going to present to owners about how to use our platform to both raise awareness and make progress on issues of social justice and equality in this country. What we don’t have is a proposal that changes our policy, we don’t have something that mandates anything. That’s clear. If that was the case I doubt the head of the NFLPA would have put a joint statement out with us.”

The New Yorker Cover And The Las Vegas Shooting

The New Yorker, once again, nails it with a cover that speaks powerfully to the time in which we live.

Bill Clinton Writes Book Review For Ron Chernow’s Latest Must Read “Grant”

Ron Chernow is a national treasure.  Now there will be yet another reason to deeply admire him as we head to our favorite bookstore.

Sunday’s New York Times newspaper will feature a book review of Grant, the latest historical read the nation will be talking about. What makes this review all the more interesting is due to it being penned by President Bill Clinton.

For all its scholarly and literary strengths, this book’s greatest service is to remind us of Grant’s significant achievements at the end of the war and after, which have too long been overlooked and are too important today to be left in the dark. Considered by many detractors to be, as a general, little more than a stoic butcher, Grant, in the written terms of surrender at Appomattox, showed the empathy he felt toward the defeated and downtrodden — conditions he knew from harsh personal experience. The terms presented to Robert E. Lee carried “no tinge of malice” and “breathed a spirit of charity reminiscent of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.” He notably allowed the exhausted and starving Confederate regulars to keep their mules and horses, knowing from the rough experience of his failed Missouri farm (Grant presciently named its log cabin “Hardscrabble”) that only by putting in a crop as soon as they returned home would these destitute farmers — and their families — have a chance to survive the coming winter. Grant also knew that if the country had any chance of being brought back together, it needed something other than a harsh peace. In making national healing a priority, he — like Lincoln — took the long view.

Chernow shows a fine balance in exposing Grant’s flaws and missteps as president, and the ill-fated turn that Reconstruction took after a promising start, while making it clear that Grant’s contributions after Appomattox were as consequential to the survival of our democracy as any that came before. As Americans continue the struggle to defend justice and equality in our tumultuous and divisive era, we need to know what Grant did when our country’s very existence hung in the balance. If we still believe in forming a more perfect union, his steady and courageous example is more valuable than ever.