Mike Ditka is not only the former Head Coach of the World Champion Chicago Bears, but he’s also a cigar aficionado, steak house proprietor, AND something of an expert on U.S. race relations over the past century.
At least that’s the takeaway after he was interviewed by Westwood One’s Jim Grey and asked to opine on the current culture role between those irate that NFL players taking a knee in protest during the playing of the national anthem, and those sympathetic with the issue of oppression and racial inequality that those are protesting.
I think that you have to be color blind in this country. Have you got to look at a person for what he is and what he stands for. And how he produces. All of a sudden it’s become a big dealing now about oppression. There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. I don’t care who you are, how much money you make. If you don’t respect our country, then you shouldn’t be in this country playing football. Go to another country and play football. If you can’t respect the flag and the country, then you don’t respect what this is all about. So I would say adios.
The dictionary defines “oppression” as “prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control.”
So according to Ditka, the recent deaths of unarmed black men over the past decade that led to Colin Kaepernick‘s original protest seem not to rise to cruel or unjust treatment, which he is right to have his opinion. But he also doesn’t feel that segregated schools, restaurants and drinking fountains does not rise to cruel or unjust treatment or control. Neither does the systemic lynching of black individuals in the Jim Crow era of the South.
So according to Mike Ditka, there has been no oppression, because from his vantage point as a 77-year old white male, what oppression could there possibly be? Love it or leave it losers!
Watch the clip above courtesy of Fox News.
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