In danger of being branded a racist nincompoop, I'd like to say Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher's bronze bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame shouldn't be smeared with paint and cancelled.
I haven't heard that demand being voiced yet, but give it time. Urlacher is being scorched in the regular and social media for criticizing NBA players for boycotting their games to protest the Kenosha police shooting of Jacob Blake and for seeming to defend Kyle Rittenhouse, the vigilante charge with the murder of two people there. Urlacher's Instagram post:
Brett Favre played the (Monday Night Football) game the day his dad died, threw 4 TDs in the first half, and was a legend for playing in the face of adversity. NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police.
Urlacher also liked another Instagram photo that read: “Free Kyle Rittenhouse."
Well, you might say that when it comes to mincing, Urlacher doesn't doesn't do words the same way he did quarterbacks.
In high dudgeon, former Bears running back Matt Forte responded:
The comment (Urlacher) posted is void of empathy, compassion, wisdom and coherence but full of pride and ignorance! I pray for those who have been blinded by their wealth, privilege and earthly fame that breeds arrogance in their hearts. And those who refuse to acknowledge racism and injustice but instead choose to place their energy into justifying it by quickly judging the victims (sic) life as if they themselves are more valuable because their sins are different or weren't caught by man... but God sees all."
The Bears organization piled, on saying in a statement: "The social media posts in no way reflect the values or opinions of the Chicago Bears organization."
The argument, it seems, is that Rittenhouse shouldn’t be punished for killing others because he was simply acting with an intent to retain order, carrying out a vision to be a civilian militia member. That reasoning, of course, goes hand-in-hand with the contention that Blake’s legal transgressions — charges of third-degree sexual assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct — and his refusal to comply with Kenosha police Sunday left him as fair game for whatever officers wanted to do to him. Even if that meant firing seven bullets at him from behind and leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, according to his attorney.
Well, not exactly. I don't know what was in Urlacher's mind when he posted that stuff and I'm not here to judge who was right and wrong. My concern here is for people who dare to say,"Whoa, wait a minute, shouldn't we know the facts before we start judging people guilty?" I don't hear many far left, self-styled progressives or Democrats saying that. The presumption far and wide is that the Kenosha shooting was just another example of homicidal and racist cops killing black men.
It reminds me of the shooting of Michael Brown Jr., an 18-year-old black man, by white Ferguson (Mo.) police officer Darren Wilson. Aflame were millions of people, including many who should have known better, who insisted, passionately, obstinately and intolerantly that Wilson had murdered Brown. Even that Brown had his hands up when he was shot. I still hear that claim.
A grand jury decided, based on the evidence, not to indict Wilson. The (Obama) U.S. Department of Justice followed up, concluding, again based on the evidence, that Brown had tried to disarm the police officer. The witnesses who collaborated Wilson's account were credible and the "witnesses" wh0 tried to incriminate Wilson were not credible. Wilson had shot Brown in self-defense.
To describe the hasty and careless response to the Ferguson shooting as a rush to judgment dangerously understates the damage that was done to truth and, ultimately, democracy. But that's what we're seeing over and over again--the impatience of social justice paladins who would convict an innocent man of the most heinous of crimes in order to promote their own political views.
How can we amicably settle our differences when one side tells the other to shut up, that your beliefs, whatever the facts make you immoral?
Current Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan ably demonstrated that particular brand of intolerance when he blasted Mike Ditka for defending the American flag and Urlacher's support of the sentiment.
Ditka said during an interview with TMZ.interview, “If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country. That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned, so I’m only going to say what I feel."
To which Trevathan responded “Some of you old heads (legend/coaches etc.) are starting to really speak y’all minds and we see you all true colors. Now let me speak mines. *Shut yo a$$ up*. If your not part of the solution, your part of the problem. #nogames #thatsthat.”
Shut yo ass up? You all true colors? Ditka had spoken with his usual frankness and so did Trevathan. The difference was that when it comes to respecting the flag, Ditka was right. But who, if anyone, is telling Trevathan to "Shut yo ass up?"