At Fox, Tomi Lahren Continues Attack on Protesting NFL Players

At Fox, Tomi Lahren Continues Attack on Protesting NFL Players

Tomi Lahren spent the better part of the last year attacking black athletes kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice. She’s not only targeted the group en masse, but has singled out players like Colin Kaepernick (who began the movement) using dog whistle (and sometimes outright racist) arguments.

Now – using her new Fox News position – Lahren is suddenly claiming she doesn’t know why these athletes are protesting. Joining the white-person-with-fingers-in-their-ears Trump flag brigade, she launched a new set of attacks on those engaging in peaceful protest since she learned long ago that disingenuously latching onto culture war topics and maligning people of color is profitable.

Lahren’s Latest

Despite having been told – repeatedly, by the players themselves – that national anthem protests are about racial injustice and systemic racism, Tomi Lahren disingenuously asked why they are kneeling. Though she’s admitted she doesn’t read (at all) and has little understanding of history as it relates to anything she speaks about, Lahren has undoubtedly seen interviews with football players who have explicitly said why they are protesting.

Add to that news today that after meeting, NFL owners will not force players to stand during the anthem (as Trump commanded them to do in a potentially illegal use of political influence) and Lahren’s latest bout of amnesia about black athletes speaking out about oppression is almost predictable.

“I would like to ask these players ‘What exactly are you kneeling for and why have you chosen the flag and the anthem to do it?'” Lahren said today on Fox and Friends.

Her question followed a rather lurid description portraying the players to being something akin to a disease saying the protests have “infected the league.”

After asking the already-answered question, Lahren added her own response saying she could ask a hundred different players and would receive “a hundred different answers.”

Why does it matter if their answers differ even slightly? They’ve all at one point or another openly admitted they are either kneeling to support their fellow athletes or to themselves protest racial injustice and systemic racism. This isn’t too difficult to understand.

The crux of her dog whistle laden screed came at the end of her argument as she proclaimed victoriously, “And then further more, I would like to ask those same players, ‘What would it take to get you to stand and respect the anthem?’ And again you’d probably get a hundred different answers, if you’d get an answer at all.”

Hypocrisy

Though she’s spent the better part of a year complaining about black athletes silently kneeling during a song written to glorify slavery, Tomi Lahren has said nothing about any other incident over the last year that would be considered disrespectful to the flag or anthem. Here are some of the most recent events she seems to have no problem with:

Given the abundance of examples of white people – politicians, sports fans and otherwise – disrespecting the flag and the anthem, why does she continue to focus her attention solely on black athletes? Why is Tomi Lahren focusing her attention on a small subset of people targeting a song with racist roots to speak out about racial injustice on behalf of those who don’t have the same kind of platform?

The answer is relatively simple.

Racism is Lahren’s Bread & Butter

Asking why Tomi Lahren targets and maligns black athletes is like asking why Fox primarily hires women that are blonde and caucasian. It plays well to their rabidly racist, predominantly white male audience that wants to have its preconceived notions and prejudices reinforced.

As we wrote last year on the subject:

When not calling for mass genocide of Muslims or advocating for law enforcement to murder members of the Black Lives Matter movementThe Blaze commentator Tomi Lahren can’t help but to demonstrate just how racist and full of white privilege she really is.  Case in point: Responding to Colin Kaepernick’s silent protest in sitting out the national anthem, Lahren took to Facebook this week to not only condemn his lack of patriotism for refusing to adhere to jingoistic political norms but to command he leave the country because he didn’t live up to the inflated conservative notion of what a real patriot looks like.

After receiving backlash for her statements, Lahren doubled down inserting even more racism as she argued he should be focusing on more pressing issues like black-on-black crime and the fact that his African-American father left him.

That’s right: Lahren not only used black-on-black crime – the most clichéracist and unrelated go-to argument for white conservatives – but went so far as to use the deadbeat dad racist trope KKK members became famous for a generation ago when arguing against the rights of people of color.

But that’s exactly why she says what she says: she knows it will make her money. She’s already admitted that – despite proclaiming to “hate” Obamacare – she actually benefits from it by being able to stay on her parents’ health insurance. Why should this be any different?

Here’s video of Lahren putting on her dog whistle song-and-dance to earn her Fox paycheck by targeting people of color (yet again):

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Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.

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