It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. ~ This quote has been attributed to Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain and Samuel Johnson, among others.
There is a new day coming to the opinion pages of your favorite newspaper but before I get to that:
Here in Saints land this has been big news since word of Brees remarks to Yahoo Sports broke and once again people are again demonstrating the sheer capacity to not get a damn thing. The first commenter to the above piece illustrates what I’m saying:
June 4, 2020 at 8:40 am
Shouldn’t have to apologize for your opinion
The ignorance Flash displays is common in not knowing the difference between a fact and an opinion. I’ll spell it slow for everyone:
a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.
“I like blue more than yellow” would be an example of an opinion.
Learn to pronounce
a thing that is known or proved to be true.
“Ronald Reagan was president from 1981 to 1989” would be a fact.
When your opinion is based on willful ignorance, it is liable to be hurtful and that is exactly what happened here. You see, it was never a secret the players knelt to protest police brutality of minorities, George Floyd being the latest example. It was never about the flag, the troops or disrespecting the flag until our divider in Chief built that straw man and like a Labrador Retriever chasing the tennis ball down, people that wanted to ignore the very real problem of police brutality got their out and closed their minds and ears. Ignoring problems is the lazy way out in life and it is certainly costly as we are finding out today yet there are dividers for profit that would continue to build straw men to racially pit people against one another. Dan Fagan at the Advocate is one such person:
This is what one of the sports reporters at the Advocate/T-P had to say:
– This take is shameful & reductive
– It distills two 5-minute, emotional messages from Malcolm Jenkins into: "Shut the fuck up" & nothing more
– It cited that message to "Malcolm Jennings" (it'll be fixed shortly)
Embarrassed to be even in the slightest bit associated with it. https://t.co/zk3D3Gi8dF
— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) June 4, 2020
Opinions based on fantasy are also known as propaganda, something Fox News normalized long ago. I prefer to think that Brees was sincere in his apology and plan on giving the guy the benefit of the doubt. Make no mistake, had he doubled down Trump style a team many expect to contend for the NFC championship in Brees’ last year likely would have flopped because the leader of the team would have lost his teammates, who couldn’t have been more clear why they knelt. I imagine, with the help of other team leaders like Demario Davis, Brees will make good on his remarks to Yahoo and emerge a better person on the other side.
And folks if you want to be lazy and tune someone out Fagan over at the Advocate would be an excellent candidate.