Thursday, October 27, 2016

Milwaukee Bucks - Black Lives Matter Protest During National Anthem

I was alerted to this story when listening to Mark Belling this afternoon.

Once again, the Milwaukee Bucks have shown a lack of respect for the community, law enforcement, and the military.

At the game on October 26, 2016, a guy singing the national anthem plastered his guitar with "Black Lives Matter" lettering, while the color guard, including police officers, stood by.

Here's the photo from the Milwaukee Bucks official website:




According to Belling, the photo was on the home page of the Bucks site earlier today. Now, it can be found in a photo gallery on the site.

NOTE: The photo is no longer included in the gallery on the Bucks site. Here's what the Bucks are using as an image for the national anthem:



This photo was originally included in the gallery, along with the BLM protest image, the one chosen by the Bucks for their home page.

Clearly, the Bucks endorsed the Black Lives Matter protest or they wouldn't have put the guy's photo front and center in the first place.

The Bucks permitted the game to become a forum for an anti-police protest, something they continued to support on the website the following day.

I suppose this should come as no surprise given the views of Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin.



“Very bluntly, Milwaukee is the most segregated, racist place I’ve ever experienced in my life," Feigin was quoted as saying. "It just is a place that is antiquated. It is in desperate need of repair and has happened for a long, long time. One of our messages and one of our goals is to lead by example.”

Is this protest during our national anthem what Feigin considers "leading by example"?

I guess it is. The racists in Milwaukee need a little in-your-face awareness raising. Apparently, dissing the police is one of the Bucks' messages.

And my tax dollars are supporting their new arena?

The Bucks need to issue an unequivocal apology to the community, particularly law enforcement.

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Chris Porterfield brings Black Lives Matter message to center court at Bucks opener

Milwaukee Record: In today’s climate, that took some bravery to make such a statement while performing the anthem. Did you give the Bucks a heads-up ahead of time?

Christopher Porterfield: The Bucks did not know ahead of time, but I did intentionally show up at soundcheck in the afternoon with that guitar and that sweatshirt. No one said anything to me, one way or the other. Even after it was over, no one from the Bucks organization said anything. But they deserve thanks and praise and respect for allowing me to express the message.

The Bucks claim they didn't know about the protest, but Porterfield describes a situation in which they did, saying he intentionally showed up at the soundcheck "with that guitar and that sweatshirt."

Someone is being deceptive here.

Who's lying?

Given the public's reaction, the Bucks would have more incentive to attempt to rewrite the truth in this situation.

8 comments:

Unknown said...

Bye bye Bucks!!!!

Anonymous said...

Milwaukee CUCKS

Anonymous said...

Pretty disgusting

Anonymous said...

The Bucks had nothing to do with the Black Lives Matter Protest. Seriously. Get your facts straight before you rant.

http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/chris-porterfield-black-lives-matter-message-bucks-opener/

Anonymous said...

You don't understand what racism is.

Definition: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.

You can't play the racism card against police officers as a collective group. They are not a race of people but made up of several different races. Discrimination would be your word of choice.

However, what is racist through association is your demonizing of a movement trying to create awareness for racism (the real thing) against African American culture in the United States.

In your grand lesson, the "people in Milwaukee" who would have supported this performance would be the example of anti-racists.

If that is really difficult for your to understand, you should do some serious research on proper journalism.

Mary said...

In response to "Anonymous 8:56 AM, October 28, 2016":

What are you talking about?

You say: "The Bucks had nothing to do with the Black Lives Matter Protest. Seriously. Get your facts straight before you rant."

The link you provided completely refutes your statement.

Christopher Porterfield: The Bucks did not know ahead of time, but I did intentionally show up at soundcheck in the afternoon with that guitar and that sweatshirt. No one said anything to me, one way or the other. Even after it was over, no one from the Bucks organization said anything. But they deserve thanks and praise and respect for allowing me to express the message.

The Bucks had full knowledge of what Porterfield would do. He came with the sweatshirt and guitar for the soundcheck. He obviously was wearing the sweatshirt and had the guitar before going on the court. Of course, the Bucks knew ahead of time. The Bucks permitted it. The Bucks approved.

There is absolutely no other way to look at it.

Anonymous said...

The Bucks may have permitted but it wasn't their idea and they didn't take a direct position one way or the other. There's a big difference in the language being used.

Mary said...

By allowing the guy to do the anthem the way he did, the Bucks most definitely took a direct position. Screw the language. Look at the action.