What if the Bills were black?
What if Bills’ tight end Jake Ballard had to deal with being racially profiled by police?
What if he was stopped by the police because he wasn’t wearing a shirt with a picture of the Black Lives Matter movement?
What happens when a man with a large amount of tattoos and scars is stopped for a traffic violation and told that he’s too black to drive?
What about the time a man was asked for identification in an airport when he was wearing a backpack that looked like it had been made by a slave owner?
We have never seen such blatant racism in our lifetimes, but now that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced that the league is cracking down on the practice of racially profiling players, what happens when the Bills’ head coach, Doug Marrone, has to explain to his players why they’re being treated differently?
The Bills have been caught on video at least one time in which they had a player pulled over and questioned by police for wearing a mask.
When asked why he was in a mask, Marrone said, “I don’t know what that means.
We don’t think you have to be black. “
We don’t care what color your skin is.
We don’t think you have to be black.
We want you to be yourself.
I want you out there.
If you want to be somebody else, that’s fine.
But if you want that to be a badge of honor, we won’t let you.
That’s not the way we run our game.”
Marrone was responding to a comment by one of his players, who asked him, “You’re just trying to be that guy that you’ve been playing for the last five years.
So I’m saying, no, you don’t look like the guy that was pulled over. “
And you’re saying, ‘I don’s not care if you’re black, I don s think you look like that guy.’
So I’m saying, no, you don’t look like the guy that was pulled over.
I’m just saying I think that you need to think about what that is and what it says about you and what you have going on. “
I’m not saying you have a problem with it.
I’m just saying I think that you need to think about what that is and what it says about you and what you have going on.
You are a very special individual and it is not acceptable to be treated differently based on your skin color.”
How do you reconcile this?
If the Bills decided to remove their players from wearing masks because they’re black or their coach believes that the practice is a symbol of oppression, what would happen if a player is stopped by police because they are wearing a scarf that is black?
Do you think that players who have tattoos and are black should be allowed to wear them in public?
If so, then why would it be so important to show respect for black people?
What does it mean to be considered “black” in this country?
When the Buffalo Bills were pulled over in 2012, one of the players, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, was given a ticket for not wearing a helmet.
When he refused to wear a helmet, a police officer said, ”Look, I can’t just stop you because you’re a black man, you’re not a human being.
“This is not an unusual reaction.
In fact, this is an example of police racism.
The same officer who refused to let Dareus get away with not wearing his helmet, who said, “You don s have to do it, but you s better not,” is the same officer that told a group of black students to get out of class because they weren’t dressed in blackface.
What does this have to say about racism in the United States?
Does it mean that all people are racist?
That the black community in the U.S. is inherently racist?
The NFL has been caught in a scandal that has rocked the NFL, but its only one aspect of a bigger picture.
It’s important to remember that racism and bigotry are a symptom of a much larger problem.
It is not a new problem, and it will continue to be.
It will not go away.
But in the wake of a year of unprecedented police violence and racial profiling in America, it’s clear that this is the beginning of a long and arduous process.
We must fight back against the toxic and damaging messages being spread by the NFL and its owners.