The US Football Association’s Athletes Council struck down one of its members after delivering a speech at a general assembly saying “progressive culture,” sports stars kneeling for Black Lives Matter and “warriors of social justice,” criticized.
Seth Jahn, a former US Paralympic team member, spoke out against the policies introduced in support of US soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe’s decision to follow the lead of ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick silent “kneeling” protests before the games.
The United States Soccer Federation voted over the weekend to repeal the 2017 law requiring players to stand up to play the national anthem. More than 70% of the votes support the motion to repeal the national anthem.
Jahn was extremely critical of the discussed move, which he saw as part of a broader campaign popularized by the “lively” crowd in recent months.
The vote – 71% in favor with just a simple majority – followed directly this sensational seven-minute dissent from Seth Jahn, a US Paralympian who is currently a member of the US Soccer Athlete Council. pic.twitter.com/vH4Pc4vkT4
– Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) February 27, 2021
“I’m sure I’ll pucker a few feathers with what I’m about to say, especially given the Athlete Council to which I belong,” the 38-year-old accepted at the beginning of his passionate address.
“But given the development of our progressive culture, where everything offends everyone, it doesn’t matter to those who are willing to kneel for our anthem to defend half of our country, and if they do, I will Not.” I am not too concerned about exercising my first adjustment right.
“We are here to get a different perspective. I also feel compelled to articulate that I am of mixed race and am representative of arguably the most persecuted people in our country’s history, the Native Americans.”
The wave of “kneeling” pre-game protests was popularized in 2016 by former quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and has since been a feature of many sporting events around the world amid a broader debate over racial relations and police brutality.
The movement was reinforced after the death of unarmed African American George Floyd in police custody last year. Cell phone recordings of the incident sparked numerous social unrest attacks in the United States.
Many today practice * actual * hate speech / bigotry by issuing more than 40 death threats to me / my family. Adorable. That’s free speech and I respect your rights! If only the vapid, idiot hypocrites returned that respect. Never true again: #sciencehttps: //t.co/rvR7wT0EnR
– Seth Jahn (@SJahnIX), February 28, 2021
The Black Lives Matter campaign has since been supported in the English Premier League, with players and officials continuing to kneel before the kick-off of each game.
“Every race in human history has been enslaved by a different population group at some point,” Jahn continued.
“Blacks have been enslaved. Hispanics have been enslaved. Asians, who were last in our country in the damn 20th century, have been enslaved.
“Natives were enslaved. Whites were enslaved. Shooting, I lived two and a half years in Africa where I could buy people, slaves, between $ 300 and $ 800 per head, depending on age. Health and physicality.
“Where were the social justice warriors and news journalists there to give their reflections on these real atrocities? And yet only one country in all of history has fought for the abolition of slavery: the United States of America, home to nearly 400,000 Men died fighting for the abolition of slavery under the same stars and beams that our athletes take a knee for. Their sacrifice is stained with every knee that touches the ground. “
Jahn added that he welcomed athletes’ right to have their voices heard, but suggested that they do so in their personal time rather than while representing the United States at international sporting events.
USSF President Cindy Parlow Cone spoke after Jahn and quickly reduced his points. “This is not about disregarding the flag or the military,” she said. “This is about the athletes and the right of our employees to peacefully protest against racial inequalities and police brutality.”
Jahn’s removal was revealed in a statement on Sunday when the association stated that he “has violated the Harassment Prohibition Section, which prohibits racial or other harassment based on a person’s protective status (race), including any verbal act of any race is used or implied in a way that would make it uncomfortable for a reasonable person. “
Jahn, who was stationed and injured three times in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2010, was outraged by his deportation.
“I will never apologize for the statements I made and I will never bow to the bullying mentality of intimidation, bullying or the Gestapo tactics of the social media warrior,” he promised.
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“I am embarrassed to represent a hypocritical federation that is carrying out a full assault on the diversity of thoughts without asking for clarification in their smear campaign.
“I am ashamed of the cowardice of so-called friends who bowed to the mob and knew the quality of my character very well in order to preserve their own image.
“The overwhelming support I have received from a number of members of the Federation, compared to the 30+ death threats I have received from the insignificant rabid keyboard warriors, has been recognized.
“But I ask you to speak publicly in the future for those brave enough to question the status quo, and not just privately.
“Nothing I have said has been racist, and throughout my 17 year career I have done more for people of color on this planet who threaten my own life than all of them [council] has done cumulatively, and I will continue to do so. “
The 2016 Paralympics player made a qualifying remark. “The one point I’ll make clear is that I was there when I discovered that a small percentage of the people in our country were responsible for the horrors of slavery hundreds of years ago, of which more than 400,000 men died, to abolish under the flag of our nation. ” In no way minimize the horrors of slavery, “he said.
“I just highlighted the misguided anger and missed opportunities to bring to light the tens of millions of people enslaved today … more than any other point in history.
“”[They are] Persecuted people, with whom I willingly risk my life to recover from the predatory dregs that chase after them. I welcome all respectful, emotionally-free debates and I will be happy to have an open public dialogue with anyone brave enough to put unwarranted labels on me from the security of their mobile device. “
The organization described itself as “clear in its condemnation of the statements made by Mr. Jahn yesterday” saying: “The Athlete Council does not tolerate this type of language and finds it incompatible with membership in the council.
“While the Council understands that every person has a right to their own opinion, there are certain opinions that go beyond what is reasonable or acceptable.”
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