MSNBC’s’ Chuck Todd posited his inane take on the NFL’s new national anthem policy by making it about race.
Todd declared that the league’s new policy in the face of long-standing controversy over players kneeling during the national anthem is an example of siding with “white consumers” over “black consumers.”
The NFL announced last week that players will be required to stand if they choose to be on the field or else remain in the locker room during the anthem.
Todd raised his point in a discussion on race with fellow anchor Joy Reid on “Meet the Press Daily” on Tuesday.
“The NFL made a decision — now, it has to do with the anthem, but it splits along racial lines,” Todd said. “They picked the white consumer over the black consumer.”
“It’s the one corporation that seemed to pick one set of consumers over another like that. Why?” he asked.
“They’re in a unique position. They have a 70 percent black player base but they have an overwhelmingly white audience base in those stadiums buying those tickets,” Reid said.
So they have to have one audience competing against another,” Reid argued. “They can’t make it without their marquee players – many of whom are black – but they can’t survive financially without that audience which is overwhelmingly white.”
The anchors were mocked for the “ignoramus statement” on Twitter.
So let me see if I understand, Chuck Todd is saying that there are no black consumers watching the NFL who believe that kneeling while the Anthem is sung is disrespectful of the flag and the men and women who fought for the flag; Chuck I’m ashamed of you
— solomon zabrowsky (@SZabrowsky) May 30, 2018
What an ignoramus statement. How out of touch Chuck Todd is. He’s a racist. Guess he doesn’t realize that many people of color didn’t like the kneeling during anthem. How does he think those people felt? What a horse’s ass. No wonder people hate the media
— Lady Golfer (@terri904) May 30, 2018
What??? Since when did standing for the Anthem mean someone’s White Supremacist? .@chucktodd
— T-Covfefe (@MyPlace4U) May 30, 2018
It isn’t black or white. It isn’t about race. Many different enthnic soldier have fought and died for our flag, white, Black, yellow, brown and red. It isn’t about race. It is about respect and honor ring our flag.
— Tina Dennis (@Tina5407) May 30, 2018
So only whites are patriotic? Sounds pretty racist to me. #eliteracist
— William Robert Woodr (@WilliamRobertWo) May 30, 2018
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