Former Nashville mayoral candidate Carol Swain said Tennessee Titans starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill doesn’t need anyone to debate him about America’s supposed racism — instead, as far as this topic goes, he needs to get educated.
Swain told The Tennessee Star Saturday that Tannehill “is ill-informed” about history and topics of race.
As reported Saturday, Tannehill said America “was founded on racist ideas.” He promptly demanded social change.
“If America was the country being described then people wouldn’t risk their lives to come here. America is not the country that Tannehill and some of the activists are describing,” Swain said.
“If America ever became that country then it would cease to be America. I don’t think it will become that kind of country unless the political left gains control and destroys what we have worked so hard to build.”
Swain said the Left’s current focus on “systemic racism” does not accurately portray America and the opportunities that Blacks have had by virtue of Blacks and Whites working together.
“I would say that Black people of his generation have never had it better in America, and it is false to say police officers shoot Black men and women to the point that they fear they won’t come home alive,” Swain said.
“That is a false portrayal of the data, and it is something that the media is advancing. I think it is very destructive to our nation.”
Swain recommended that Tannehill and his teammates visit the 1776 Unites website, which contains scholarly articles, many of which Black individuals wrote. She said the website details a more accurate history of race in America.
But the Left’s current narratives, Swain said, “are very destructive because they create anger and hatred.”
“If we don’t pull back from what is taking place right now then I think that we will have racial conflict that we’ve never anticipated between Blacks and Whites,” Swain said.
“I would argue the racism cuts in more than one direction. We see racism taking place, but it’s not just Whites’ racism against Blacks. There’s racism coming from racial and ethnic minorities and Whites themselves against each other. That too is not acceptable.”
Tannehill and his teammates announced on Twitter that the best way to take a stand against systemic racism was to not have practice that day.
The Titans’ virtue signaling didn’t impress some of their fans, some of whom mocked the team and said they weren’t giving them any more of their money.
According to Forbes, Tannehill signed a four-year $118 million contract with the Titans after the 2019 NFL season.
Swain said Tannehill and his teammates must recognize that they may talk politics, if they so desire — but they also need to understand that consequences might await.
“People choose as consumers where they want to spend their money,” Swain said.
“If everything is politicized, and White people are demonized then why would White people or patriots who love our nation want to spend money to be insulted?”
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