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NFL, AT&T Bow at Altar of Black Lives Matter

NFL, AT&T Bow at Altar of Black Lives Matter

A fan holds a sign in the stands in reference to national anthem protests by players prior to the NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 2016, in Oakland, California. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Tom Borelli By Thursday, 06 October 2016 12:20 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

The racial division ignited by President Obama is far ranging, with support for Black Lives Matter spreading like a wild fire through the country, including the National Football League and AT&T.

After years of stoking racial tension between the police and the black community, Obama sparked a social environment in which police officers are bad and the Black Lives Matter agenda is good.

With emotions running high, any incident of blacks being killed by police — justified or not — are being swept into the same conclusion of widespread institutional racism and a call for racial justice.

Inexplicably, business leaders are jeopardizing their brands and contributing to racial tension by echoing the racial bias claims of Black Lives Matter, giving legitimacy to the radical organization.

The support from the business world is adding fuel to the racial fire widening the division among Americans.

The Black Lives Matter got a nationwide boost in September when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to sit during the National Anthem. Kaepernick’s action sparked football players throughout the National Football League and college football to follow suit.

Instead of enforcing a ban on protests during the National Anthem, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expressed support for individual protests on the football field saying, "I don't necessarily agree with what he's doing. I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don't live in a perfect world.”

At the same time, Goodell refused a request from the Dallas Cowboys to place a decal on the back of their helmets to recognize the police officers that were assassinated during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.

Normally very protective of the NFL brand, Goodell put the league’s reputation in question by siding with Black Lives Matter. By doing so, he made it acceptable for individual expression on the football field.

Because of Goodell’s lack of leadership, discussion of National Anthem protests are part of the NFL news coverage, pitting players against players and analysts against analysts as well as alienating fans.

Fans disgusted by actions disrespecting the American flag are pushing back hard against the NFL. A Twitter hashtag #BoycottNFL was created and backed by actor James Woods.

Fan backlash, led by the Twitter boycott campaign, appears to be affecting the NFL with TV ratings down significantly this year.

Goodell is not the only Black Lives Matter sympathizer in the business world.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson promoted Black Lives Matter in a speech about racial tension at a recent employee conference in Dallas.

During his speech, Stephenson lumped recent shootings in the U.S. — including Ferguson, Baton Rouge, the Dallas police assassinations, and the mass shooting in Orlando — under one umbrella, concluding that, "We have a problem."

He added, "communities being destroyed by racial tension but we are too polite to talk about it."

Stephenson explained he was recently enlightened about race issues from the experiences of his black friend, a medical doctor that suffered racism during his upbringing in Louisiana.

Afflicted by a serious case of white guilt, Stephenson expressed his new understanding of "black lives matter" and realizes the inappropriateness of the "all lives matter" response used by critics.

Stephenson urged his employees to discuss race as a way to understand each other and close the racial divide.

Promoting Black Lives Matter as penance for not understanding the racial bias a friend experienced is a dangerous proposition for AT&T shareholders.

Clearly, Stephenson is ignorant or ignoring the fact that Black Lives Matter rhetoric resulted in the deaths of police officers and the destruction of millions of dollars’ worth of property in cities.

Backlash from customers, including law enforcement members and families that understand the radical nature of Black Lives Matter, could harm AT&T’s business in a competitive marketplace.

As a leader of a major corporation, Stephenson could improve the lives of blacks by tackling the economic underpinnings that’s resulted in bleak job prospects in urban areas.

Turning on AT&T’s lobbying power to push for lower taxes, regulations, and school choice would yield economic benefits, but that might alienate the progressive Democrat machine that regulates its business.

For executives like Stephenson, it’s so much easier to fall for bumper sticker statements such as Black Lives Matter without regard to the deleterious consequences of the movement than to solve the underlying economic conditions that result in poverty and crime.

Goodell and Stephenson are useful idiots in Obama’s plan to fundamentally transform America by dividing Americans along racial lines.

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review. As a columnist he has written for Townhall.com, The Washington Times, Newsmax magazine, and also hosts radio programs on SiriusXM Patriot with his wife Deneen Borelli. Dr. Borelli has appeared on numerous television programs on Newsmax TV, Fox News, Fox Business and TheBlaze. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

This article originally appeared on ConservativeReview.com.

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The racial division ignited by President Obama is far ranging, with support for Black Lives Matter spreading like a wild fire through the country, including the National Football League and AT&T.
nfl, att, black lives matter, roger goodell, randall stephenson
Thursday, 06 October 2016 12:20 PM
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